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updated/mexican: eddy’s cantina (艾迪墨西哥餐廳)

date February 27, 2011

contact No. 151-1, Zhong Shan Road, Danshui, Taipei/台北縣淡水鎮中山路151-1號/02.2628.2638

hours CLOSED ON TUESDAYS/ Weekdays 11:30-14:30, 16:30-22:00/ Saturday & Sunday 11:30-22:00

price 150NT-350NT (excluding drinks)

rating ♥♥♥ (3 out of 5 hearts)

website http://www.eddyscantina.com

nearest MRT Danshui MRT (淡水捷運站)

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UPDATE

The Danshui location of Eddie’s Cantina is closed, but don’t fret, they have a second location in Tianmu!

1. No.1, Alley 3, Lane 450, Sec. 6, Zhongshan N. Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City/台北市士林區中山北路六段450巷3弄1號/02.2873.7612

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It’s been about a year since I was last at Eddy’s (here is my first review). My friend had never been, but heard a lot about it so she wanted to try.

It looked like there was a few new items on their menu, but for the most part it was the same; prices were the same, too.

Stephanie decided to get a Corona, which I think cost 110NT. We decided to split the papas fritas a la mexicana or something like that for 210NT (?). It’s pretty much Eddy’s nachos, but with potatoes instead. Only difference is, the papas fritas does NOT come with meat; however you can add meat for like 60NT or something. The papas fritas come with potatoes (obviously), tomatoes, onions, melted (I’m guessing) jack cheese, nacho cheese, and sour cream. Overall, this was not bad. Biggest complaint would be that it was a little dry and not hot enough; I could also have used more cheese. I remembered from the first time that they provide you with some salsa, but they didn’t give us the salsa until our main course came. It would have been really useful for this. Also, because it wasn’t hot enough, the cheese wasn’t as melty as it should have been. I would however get this again, probably, because I love potatoes.

Stephanie decided to go with the carnitas enchiladas for 250NT. For an extra 85NT you can make it a meal and add three sides, which Steph decided to do. There is a little clock next to the enchiladas on the menu to let customers know that this item takes a while. For an item that takes a while you’d expect it to be hot, unfortunately this was not. The plate arrived almost at room temperature. Cold food is never good, but it’s even worse when you have large globs of cheese that don’t melt because the food isn’t hot. This is what happened here. Steph did appreciate the tortilla chips, since apparently a lot of Mexican places serve dorritos for tortilla chips, but the other sides I think were whatever. The enchilada sauce reminded us of pasta sauce, which while not bad is not what we were expecting for enchiladas. Also, the tortilla was kind of dense, and since it was cold, especially not great. Steph ended up just eating the insides. The meat, however, was pretty good. The large awkward globs of unmelted shredded cheese was not.

So this picture is old; it’s from my last visit to Eddy’s because I didn’t take a picture this time. This picture kind of lies because my fish tacos this time did not look as good, nor did they taste as good. This time around the tortilla was bigger and they skimped on the insides. Biggest problem, again, was that my food was not hot. The tortilla, which was already way too big for the amount of fish and toppings they gave, was cold and dense. The fish was okay, a little dry, but seasoned well; however, the ratio of fish to tortilla was just off and threw off the whole meal.

The one thing that was consistent was the salsa. The red salsa on the left was spicy and maybe could have used more salt or acid or something, but still was good. The salsa verde was pretty tasty. I think that both were homemade, but I’m not sure. Either way, the addition of the salsa to our meals helped a little.

Really, the whole experience for me was not nearly as great as the first time I went. The food was just not hot and as a result suffered. While the restaurant was full, it seemed like no one was getting food, so I’m wondering if there were communication issues between the front of the house and the kitchen. Maybe the food was just sitting in the back for too long. Either way, Stephanie thought it wasn’t bad, but thinks that some of the other Mexican places in Taipei – Macho Taco, Yuma (which is now On Tap) – are just as good. I have yet to try these new places, but intend to. For now, Eddy’s is no longer a five heart favorite. While I’d still recommend this place to homesick Californian’s or anyone else craving Mexican, I must admit I was disappointed. Maybe it was just an off day…

mexican: eddy’s cantina (艾迪墨西哥餐廳)

date March 5, 2010

contact No. 151-1, Zhong Shan Road, Danshui, Taipei/台北縣淡水鎮中山路151-1號/02.2628.2638

hours CLOSED ON TUESDAYS/ Weekdays 11:30-14:30, 16:30-22:00/ Saturday & Sunday 11:30-22:00

price 150NT-300NT (excluding drinks)

rating ♥♥♥♥♥ (5 out of 5 hearts)

website http://www.eddyscantina.com

nearest MRT Danshui MRT (淡水捷運站)

Read my updated review for Eddy’s Cantina.

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UPDATE

The Danshui location of Eddie’s Cantina is closed, but don’t fret, they have a second location in Tianmu!

1. No.1, Alley 3, Lane 450, Sec. 6, Zhongshan N. Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City/台北市士林區中山北路六段450巷3弄1號/02.2873.7612

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For most my life I hated Mexican food, but within the last year, I found a love for it (of course right before I moved to Taiwan). I had heard of Eddy’s Cantina from Hungry Girl’s blog and have been wanting to try it since according to her it is the best Mexican in Taipei.

Eddy’s Cantina is located in Danshui (淡水) about a 10 minute walk from the Danshui MRT station.

inside of eddy’s cantina.

Walking into Eddy’s is like walking into any Mexican place in San Diego. Brightly colored walls, mariachi music in the background, and the smell of yummy food in the air. Eddy’s probably seats a max of 30 customers, and they do take reservations, so make them if you can, just to be on the safe side.

menu.

Eddy’s menu has lots of different options, even an entire section for vegetarians. They have appetizers and main courses, which for 85NT more you can add 3 sides and a soda. The menu is in English and Chinese with pictures to help those who like visual aids.

homemade salsas.

Right after ordering the waitress, who spoke English and was very nice, brought out dishes of homemade salsa: from left to right, homemade chipotle salsa, sour cream, and habanero salsa and on the top, pico de gallo. All of the salsas were delicious, I particularly loved the habanero salsa which was not tongue numbingly spicy, but spicy enough to be spicy. All the salsas were fresh and a perfect addition to all the dishes we got.

eddy’s nachos 250NT

We decided to order Eddy’s Nachos (250NT) under the appetizer section. The portion size is pretty big, definitely something to be shared. The nachos had two kinds of cheese, jalepenos, tomatoes, onions, and ground beef. I do wish the cheese was melted better, but other then that, the nachos were great. The meat was well seasoned, and the combination of all of the ingredients was great.

fish tacos 200NT

I miss $1 fish tacos from Rubio’s so I ordered fish tacos. For 200NT you get two fish tacos of a decent size. The tortillas, according to the menu, are made to order and tasty, although a little thick. Inside the taco was battered fish, cilantro, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, and some sauce. The fish was tender, and not oily which is always a big plus, and I could taste a hint of lime, although I wish there was fresh lime for me to squeeze. Without adding salsa the taco is a little dry, but I fixed that by adding a lot of tasty habanero salsa. Overall, pretty good, definitely satisfied my craving for fish tacos.

carnitas wet burrito 260NT

My boyfriend opted for a carnitas wet burrito (260NT). Upon first glance it probably could have been more saucy, but we did have other salsas to add to it. When he cut into it he was disappointed about how much rice was in it, so next time we know to ask for less rice, but was really happy with how amazing the carnitas were. Being from San Diego, California there is definitely not a shortage of amazing Mexican food, that being said, the carnitas at Eddy’s were better than some of the carnitas we’ve had back at home. Super tender and seasoned really well, the carnitas made up for the fact that there was a little too much rice in the burrito. Next time, we want to try the carnitas tacos.

Drink wise my boyfriend went with a beer, Belhaven’s Scottish Stout 500ml (220NT), on the recommendation of the waitress. It wasn’t bad, not great, but he liked it so that’s really all that matters. I opted for some horchata (80NT a glass or 300NT for a pitcher), which was really good, not too sweet, thick or watery.

daily specials at eddy’s.

We also noticed on the table that there was a list of daily specials. We weren’t interested in the Friday special which were fajitas, but the Saturday special 110NT Stella’s sounds appealing.

Basically, Eddy’s is probably the best Mexican food you’re going to get in Taipei and honestly, it’s better than some of the stuff you get back home. Service is great and it seemed like all the waitresses speak English. Sure it might be more expensive, but at least there is some Mexican food in Taipei that can help those who are homesick for it. I know I’ll be back!