Chef Jason - My Place: best burgers ever!

Y’all should check out this new restaurant. It’s called “Chef Jason - My Place” (no relationship to the original My Place or My Other Place)

I swear, it’s the best burger I’ve had in Taiwan. The beef was very flavorful and really juicy. The cheese was tangy, and I could even appreciate the taste and freshness of the lettuce and tomato! Why? The guy is a chef, doing burgers, pasta and sides with a chef’s attention to quality, at very reasonable prices.

Jason and his lady have taken over the former Gusto Hotdog on Ruei-an Street, (No. 258-1 Ruei-an Street, Tel. 02-2703-8516) right across from the original “The Diner”. It’s a small, woody sort of place, with a bit of a “Route 66” kind of vibe.

I went there with 8 friends last Saturday evening, and despite the fact that we ordered a large amount of food in a short time, it came out pretty quickly. I had the bacon cheeseburger, which was so tasty I snarfed if down in about 3 minutes. I also split a seafood finger-food combo, with clams in white wine and cheese sauce, buffalo shrimp and onion rings. This was also quite tasty. A friend who stole some fries from me paid me back with some of her pasta - a linguine in marinara sauce - which was spot on.

Jason is a genial guy and he hung out and chatted with us quite a bit. Overall, we had a great meal and a great time. It is definitely a cool new find in the local restaurant scene, and worth checking out.

I’m hoping you mean Rui-an St. in Da-an, rather than the one in Banqiao. :slight_smile:

Yep. Near Da’an Park and Technology Building MRT Station. Close to the Diner and the Sterling Tavern.

I’ve heard glowing reviews from several people over the last 2 weeks. Will have to check it out soon.

Had a tasty burger from there on Tuesday. It was a little smaller than the Diner, but it was quite nice to taste all of the nice and fresh ingredients.

They’ve also got a “Cowboy Burger” - a big double patty job - for larger appetites.

I would make on comment on whose burger is bigger… if I could only get a seat in the diner before wasting away from the wait!! And it is for that reason that I stumbled upon My Place. I didn’t get what I set out for that fateful morning, but I was pleasantly surprised to see what Jason had done to Gustos since taking over the joint. The interior is still the same, only different faces and a new menu. Now, I’m not crazy about over the top burgers. However, I was convinced to try the aforementioned “cowboy burger,” and I enjoyed it right down to the very last mouthful. There is a lot of attention paid to the food here, and it became apparent that we weren’t dealing with “run of the mill” frozen, greasy beef patties. I recall having a wholesome piece of tomato and a stunning chunk of red onion to help me put away this beast. I hear that Jason wants offer a three-stacked cowboy. We’ll see if that really does happen. I can imagine it would be a good way to get the locals in. I have since been back for the pomodoro. With that one, I asked Jason to bring on the heat! He did so with a smile! Hats off to you, Jason. Wish you all the best!

Chef Jason- My Place is a new restaurant, specializing in Western food- a rarity in this part of town. It serves a variety of burgers, pastas and tasty appetizers. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very pleasant and the staff-excellent. I have tried numerous items on their menu and I was never disappointed. Great place both for lunch and dinner!

My two experiences as well as two other friend’s visit separately were not as glowing. I’ll save further comment in consideration hoping for good success as they only recently opened and must working out the kinks.

What was your experience and when was where you their? Sorry for asking I am the owner and I would like to know so I can fix te issue you had. Thank you

What was your experience and when was where you their? Sorry for asking I am the owner and I would like to know so I can fix te issue you had. Thank you[/quote]

And this is how you run a business folks. Serve up a great product and word of mouth builds quickly. If someone complains, find out what went wrong and fix it.

I don’t know why certain other restaurant owners can’t learn this very simple lesson. It’s gospel in the service industry, indisputably the right thing to do.

I’ll be there soon, chefjason. I like your style.

What was your experience and when was where you their? Sorry for asking I am the owner and I would like to know so I can fix te issue you had. Thank you[/quote]

And this is how you run a business folks. Serve up a great product and word of mouth builds quickly. If someone complains, find out what went wrong and fix it.

I don’t know why certain other restaurant owners can’t learn this very simple lesson. It’s gospel in the service industry, indisputably the right thing to do.

I’ll be there soon, chefjason. I like your style.[/quote]

He has a good coach. One overly experienced in internet wars. :wink:

Went back again to Chef Jason’s and was not disappointed. Everything very fresh and tasty. It was difficult not to eat too fast. Really a different level of quality from The Diner.

BTW, after food at Chef Jason’s, you can have some quality beers at the Sterling Tavern, more or less right across the street. It’s a very authentic long timer hangout. Zero “corporate” feeling.

Went there last night with the wife. A few areas that maybe could use some polishing:
-They were out of veggie burgers (my wife is on a vegetarian kick). It would be nice if the server could first let us know what’s not available when handing out the menus, instead of after we decided to order
-Timing of food: my burger order came out first, followed by the appetizer combo plate, and finally my wife’s pasta, long after I finished my burger.
-Marinara dipping sauce (or any sauce besides the table ketchup) for the deep fried mozzerella sticks, jalapeno poppers, etc. I wouldn’t mind paying a bit extra for this.

Overall it’s a decent eating experience with fresh ingredients used for each dish.

I pass by about once a week in the afternoons. Seems the door is almost always half way down and they not open. Diner is open and gets the business.

They really should consider ramping up the service and make a good name for themselves and draw from the Diner proximity.

Right now, views are very mixed, mostly on the down side, with few repeat customers (people that I know).

[quote=“tango42”]I pass by about once a week in the afternoons. Seems the door is almost always half way down and they not open. Diner is open and gets the business.

They really should consider ramping up the service and make a good name for themselves and draw from the Diner proximity.

Right now, views are very mixed, mostly on the down side, with few repeat customers (people that I know).[/quote]

They close in the afternoon between lunch and dinner.

Most reviews that I know are positive. Where are all these negative reviews you are talking about?

BTW, Have you actually been there yourself, or are you just chiming in with some free cheerful advice?

Yes I close doing Monday - Friday between 2-5 so I can get ready for dinner service. I make everything fresh for lunch and then for my dinner service. My staff is all new they all started this week so I am getting them train. Yes your are right, I am getting ready to ramp up to get more new customers, as for repeat customer right now most of my business is from repeat customers. As for the diner I am not worried right now cause I know my food is fresher and better. I only been open for 4 months and the diner been open for 8 to 9 years. Thanks you for your comment hope to see you in my restaurant.

To all my customers:

I’d like to apologize if some of my food has not been up to my usual standard over the last few days. I have been dealing with a family tragedy which has really distracted me, and I hope I can count on your patience and understanding as I come to terms with it.

Sincerely,

Chef Jason

[b]Is this place still up and running now?
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[color=#400040]Just curious about the hours and the last service time for placing dinner orders[/color]?[/color]

[color=#0000BF]Do you recommend reservations?[/color]

Would really like to check it out (and not be subject to the same ‘diner’ fare as The Diner) :wink:

Hope to hear back asap and get in for some great quality food![/b]

The place is still open and still as good as ever! Not sure if you need reservations but might be a good idea.

The Sterling Tavern down the road has some great beers as well.