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Taipei Gourmet, Lexington

taterjane | | Oct 8, 2012 10:20 AM

Taipei Gourmet has taken over the former Three Gorges in Lexington. I visited it today with my parents for lunch.

I had never been to Three Gorges, so I don't know if the interior has changed much. About 3/4 of the people there were Asian, and though the restaurant was mostly empty when we arrived at 11:30, it gradually started filling up so that by the time we left at 12:45, the one waitress was starting to scramble a bit.

I was mostly interested in the section in the menu on "Taiwanese Appetizers & Flour Corner" (not entirely sure what a "flour corner" is meant to be, but my carb-loving stomach liked the sound of it). From this section, we ordered scallion pancake with roast beef, xiao long bao, steamed homemade dumpling with pork and cabbage, steamed red bean buns, and pan fried turnip cake. We also ordered noodles with ground pork in peking sauce, ko-cha dish, watercress, and bok choy.

The watercress and bok choy were not really on the menu, though they both showed up as "seasonal vegetable" on the bill. Both were stir-fried; the watercress with garlic, the bok choy with ginger.

My favorite dish was the scallion pancake with roast beef, though the pancake was greasier than I usually like. The steamed homemade dumpling had thick skin (to withstand the steaming, I suppose) and would have been tastier pan-fried. We found the meat in the dumpling to be underseasoned. The soup dumplings were tastier than I expected but not as soupy as the ones at Asia Gourmet. My parents really liked the noodles with ground pork (which we ordered mild) but I found it bland.

The ko-cha dish was something I hadn't had before - apparently a regional specialty that seemed to consist of squid, tofu (the kind with the dark skin), random dark things. It was tasty, but just not something I would order on my own.

Biggest disappointment were the red bean buns, which are the kind you can just buy at a chinese supermarket and steam at home. I was hoping for homemade.

Overall, the food was fine - not great, but not bad if you just want to go someplace close. I thought the prices were a little expensive (the total with tax was about $70, and we did not have any drinks other than tea). If I had unlimited time, I'd probably drive the extra distance to Asia Gourmet, but this place would be acceptable if I didn't. The people working there seemed nice, and though I didn't have anything that wowed me, I'd be willing to try other menu options.

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