I am finally happy! There is actually a good authentic Taiwanese restaurant in the city now. It serves uncomprising Taiwanese cuisine. It doesn't have hot and soup soup, it doesn't have mongolian beef, there is no moshu pork in sight! I love it.
After reading Olivia Wu's review on the Chronicle I was eager to give this place a try. We ordered braised beef noodle soup, wontons in spicy chili sauce, marinated cucumber and one of their wall special, the Hunan smoked meat stir fry.
I've yet to encounter a great bowl of beef noodle soup in the US. Nothing I've had so far is as good as I remember what it suppose to taste like, hot, spicy, deep and complex beef flavor broth scented with unknown spices and herbs (if I know what it was I would make it myself!) Taiwan Point's beef noodle soup is pretty close. The broth was rich and flavorful, something that must be cooked slow and long. The noodle was the thin kind, probably not house made but very excellent, chewy and toothsome. Tender chuncks of beef and tendon and refreshing spinch rounded out this excellent bowl.
The Hunan smoked meat stir fry came with leeks and baby corn. This dish was so intense in flavor, probably imparted by the special smoked Hunan meat, which is simliar to prochutto or serrano ham. This dish is perfect to eat with rice, as was the marinated cucumbers. This little appetizer dish was so refreshing and tasty. Hot, sweet, salty and garlicy all at the same time, this crunchy dish is a good appetit opener.
The only disappointing dish was the wontons in spicy chili sauce. The wontons didn't have much flavor, what little it did have was drown out by the strong chili sauce.
The owner of this place also owns Eric's and you can tell from the interior. Everything is in good taste and very clean.
With tip and tax everything came to $32. Finding this place made me so giddy and happy, I will definitly go back again.
After dinner, we went across the street and got some pearl drink from Sweet and Cafe. (Buy 5 pearl drinks get 1 free.) Really good tapioca there, perfectly cooked and slighly sweet. On their wall they had many unusual drink combinations and other type of desserts (steamed eggs and milk puddings) If I wasn't so full I would have try more.
1920 Irving Street