I tried the place on Friday, but while the food was good I was not too impressed with the atmosphere and service.
Firstly, they did not have the enchiladas or chili that we wanted to order. Another friend who came over from Wanlong to get some enchiladas left because of it. However, I did like what we eventually got. Nachos, the wings, and burritos. I loved the blue-cheese dip thing for the celery and carrot sticks that came with the chicken wings. So I would say the food is definitely good. The wait was a bit long, but we were there to sit and relax and chat so did not care.
The drinks were kind of sucky, though. It is very cheap…only NT$40 for a coke, but the glass is so small that you have to keep ordering.
The service was not good. I must say, we arrived there just after 5:30 so I guess they were not expecting anybody, but still…
I actually expected a more stall-type place and was surprised to see it was a restaurant. Some points: after sitting with the menus for a while I gave a smile and wave to the woman behind the bar, but she did not come over, so I got up and asked her questions. When I asked for more water, she only refilled my glass, and not my husband’s. The water glasses only got refilled once, and then only mine, after I asked. There were no side plates or napkins on the table. You either had to put your chicken bones back on the plate you were eating from, or on the table, which I know is the custom here, but that I don’t really like to do.
Aside from that, it seemed almost like we were imposing on people’s private dinner. There was a kid that seemed to belong to the place eating there that wandered over a couple of times staring at us, and people were having really loud conversations with each other all the way from the door to the back of the restaurant. At one point this kid communicated that he needed to poo, and that led to all kinds of bathroom preparations. The horror!
But seriously, it would be the kind of place that develops into a tight little community, where everybody knows everybody. And the food is good, but the main reason you go is because you know the owner and all the regulars and you want to hang out. Nothing bad about that, right? But for me, if I wanted to listen to a loud conversation about white-collar crime in South Africa, I’d just move back home.
So, to summarize…
Atmosphere and service: no
But good luck and I hope you do well.