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american: the diner

the diner.

date 10.23.2009

contact No. 145, Rui-An St., Da An District, Taipei/02.2700.1680/台北市大安區瑞安街145號

hours Mon.-Fri. 10am-10pm, Sat.-Sun. 9am-10pm

price 150NT-300NT

rating ♥♥♥♥ (4 out of 5 hearts)

website http://www.thediner.com.tw

I came here for the first time three years ago while studying abroad at National Taiwan University. At that time it had just opened and we were a bunch of hungry American exchange students that after almost a year couldn’t wait to get some American food into our stomachs. I must say, The Diner does the job.

outside of the diner.
outside of the diner.

The Diner is located on Rui-An St. (瑞安街) off of Heping East Road (和平東路). The bus will drop you off less than 5 minutes from The Diner (get off at either 安東市場 or 龍門國中) which is right up Rei-An St. a few minutes.

inside the diner (ground floor).
inside the diner (ground floor).

I don’t know about the decor necessarily feeling “American”, but the menu for sure is. They have a lot of good options for breakfast, along with burgers, sandwiches and SALADS! My friend and I love salads and being in Taiwan makes us miss them. We decided that we’d split a salad and a burger, which ended up being the perfect serving size. We ended up with the spinach salad and BBQ burger while my boyfriend opted for the California burger.

spinach salad with bacon, hard boiled eggs, croutons, and red onion with vinaigrette (220NT)
spinach salad with bacon, hard boiled eggs, croutons, and red onion with vinaigrette (220NT)

First thing that came was the salad. We both love spinach salad so it was the obvious choice for us and I we were not disappointed. The spinach was fresh, the croutons were crunchy, the vinaigrette was light and the bacon was delicious. My only complaint would be that the spinach needed to be cut up. The leaves were huge so it got a bit messy trying to eat it, but the taste was great. I’ll definitely be getting that again.

the diner.
bbq burger with cheddar cheese, grilled onions, and bbq sauce (200NT)

The BBQ burger was tasty. I have to admit that the hamburger patty at California Grill was more moist though. Even so, the burger was great. I like that they put the lettuce, onion, tomato and pickles on the side so that you can chose what you put in and so that the lettuce doesn’t wilt. The BBQ sauce was nice and tangy and the cheese was cheesy. Their buns are also really good: moist and fluffy.

 

california burger with avocado (200NT)
california burger with avocado and swiss cheese (200NT)

The California burger was also good. The avocado was really good and even better in the burger. Like the BBQ burger, the hamburger patty was not as good as it could have been, but still overall the burger was good. Dan also opted to turn his burger into a combination meal. All burgers come with fries, but for 80NT more you can add a soup or salad and drink. Dan got the soup of the day, which turned out to be Minestrone and he said it was pretty good.

Basically The Diner is good American food in Taipei. I’ve only had their burgers so far, but I am eager to try their breakfast foods. I saw a lot of it go by and it all looked good. I’ve also been craving buffalo wings lately which they have and I plan to try. There was a Bloody Mary on the menu too, which I am curious about. I love a good Bloody Mary, and my bar used to make a great one, so I’m curious about The Diner’s. Hm…maybe I’ll have to go for breakfast one weekend afternoon and order a nice Bloody Mary to wash it down.

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thai: 曼谷燒 (Màngǔshāo)

P1030219

date 10.06.2009

contact Roosevelt Road Sec.3 Lane 286 No. 18, Da An District, Taipei/02.2363.0081/台北市大安區羅斯福三段286巷18號1樓

hours [lunch]11:30am-2:00pm [dinner]5:pm-9:30pm

price <150NT

rating ♥♥♥ (3 of 5 hearts)

After walking around Gong Guan for a while weighing our options we decided on 曼谷燒 (Màngǔshāo) or Bangkok Fever (or not. shāo has so many definitions, to cook, to roast, to burn, fever, so I just picked the one I liked best).  One of the reasons we picked it was because there were a lot of people waiting to eat there, so we figured it had to at least be decent for people to wait.

Bangkok Fever is located right next to the famous Taiwanese sausage wrapped in a rice sausage place in Gong Guan. The restaurant is very small only fitting maybe 15 people max. There is another Thai place right next door. It is NOT the same place, and I’ve heard that place is not good. Anyways, you have to order first. The menu is in Chinese and English and there are pictures of most of the items. I went with the Combo #1 Coconut Curry Chicken and BBQ Pork 110NT (1號餐 椰汁雞+烤肉飯) while Dan opted for the BBQ Pork meal 85NT (泰式烤肉飯).

inside 曼谷燒.
inside 曼谷燒.

There is free water, hopefully not tap, but way better is the free Lemon Ai-yu stuff (愛玉佞檸檬). Our food came pretty quick and it was tasty. Both of our dishes came with slightly different sides. The sauteed bean sprouts and mixed tofu thing  were really good on mine. The sauteed greens could have been better; they were just too bitter for my taste and not cooked enough. The curry was good IF you like ginger, which I happen to love. You couldn’t really taste the coconut at all, it was more like ginger curry, but the chicken was good and the curry was tasty. The bbq pork was really good too. Tender and really flavorful. My one complaint is that they don’t give you very much meat. I could have done with less rice and a more meat, but I guess that’s why it’s cheap.

combination #1 (110NT)
combination #1 (110NT)

One thing Dan got that I didn’t was this really tasty piece of deep fried onion. I love onions and this was a nice suprise. Dan’s dish also came with the Thai style kimchee which was good, kind of sweet, but good.

thai style bbq pork (85NT)
thai style bbq pork (85NT)

Overall this place is decent. Give it a try if you quick good food. I wouldn’t exactly classify this place as “authentic Thai food” but it’s good, and if anything the free Lemon Ai-yu is worth it.