I am a long time lurker first time poster on Chow and a little restaurant called Taiwan Village has given me the kick I needed to finally post.
Anyways, on to the review:
My wife and I went to Taiwan Village last Thursday based on reviews I found from london-eating.com and noticed that the place was really just a family run establishment.. The Dad is the chef in the kitchen, mom sources only ingredients from Taiwan and the daughter works the front of house. The place it a little out of the way with West Brompton tube station being the closest. After our experience, it could be an hour away and we would still go visit.
The food is absolutely amazing. We had tried the following:
1. Ma Po Tofu - excellent, uses the proper Taiwanese ingredients that gets your mouth a bit numb in the back. Very traditional.
2. Hot Chilli Chicken - Like Taiwanese street vendor food except the chicken was fresh and very tender. Reminded me of Taiwan so much!
3. Crispy Aromatic Duck - this was my favorite as I tried many in Chinatown here in London, lots in the states, a few in Taiwan and the famous Peking Duck in Falls Church VA. The skin was perfect and the meat was not dry at all compared to other places. The chef also makes his own pancakes.
Best of all, this place is a great value and the portions are huge. We paid 35 pounds for our whole meal which also included a vegi dish, garlic rice, a sparkling water and the service charge. I hope word gets around about this place. If it were more central, there would be a line out the door. There were three tables occupied when we went. I will be there again this weekend! Hope some of you give it a try as well.
Here is their website: http://www.taiwanvillage.com/