Glad to hear you had a good experience at Jake’s, though the times I’ve gone have been a definite let-down. And the Mexican food was definitely a disappointment. I wonder if you might have experienced Jake’s when they were having a very good day.
My experience from working in the restaurant business is that what you get depends almost entirely on who’s cooking that day. My wish is that all Taiwanese cooks actually learn to eat whatever foreign cuisine that they’re cooking, instead of cooking blindly by mimicking what they’ve been taught to do.
My other complaint about places like Jake’s is that their menu is way too vast. They try to cover virtually every type of “American” cuisine. So instead of focusing on a specialty cuisine that they can excell at, they do a mediocre job at all of them.
By the way, for breakfast, the closest I’ve come to a good American style eggs & sausage has been at Dan Ryan’s (TunHwa & NanJing). Not exactly cheap (about NT$310 for eggs, sausage, potatoes & toast with a bottomless cup of coffee), but they actually know how to cook eggs over-easy, and the service ranges from medium to excellent. Pancakes are pretty good, too.
If anybody like the kind of dumplings served at that world-famous place on HsinYi Road (damn–can’t remember the name of the place) there’s a great alternative. There’s another place where they serve the same dish (heard their cook used to work at the former place) on Chang Chun Road, just east of TunHwa. Going east, it’s just about 200 years past TunHwa on the right side.
But is there ANY PLACE that makes even half decent Mexican food? And PLEASE don’t mention the basura they serve at G’Ma Nitti’s, G’Day Cafe or Tequila Sunrise.