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  • Rubee Jan 4, 2002 03:03 PM
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Just an FYI for you Taiwan Cafe fans (I've yet to make it there!). It will be one of the restaurants reviewed on Phantom Gourmet's CHINESE FOOD FESTIVAL show at 10:00 a.m. on NECN tomorrow morning (1/04/02)

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  1. Oops! I mean 1/05/02. Other restaurants include the Mandarin House in Stoughton, and Pho Lemongrass and Brown Sugar Cafe.

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    1. re: Rubee

      you must be on the Phantom newsletter..me too...how did you like the Bay Tower Room for NYE?

      1. re: 9lives

        Well, let's say I should've known better. You can't beat the view and we had such a great table - right next to the window. It was as if the fireworks were right in front of you, and that was beautiful, as is the restaurant. I did a little research and had heard good things about the new chef Paul Diogenes (sp?). BUT I had never been there before and didn't realize how large the place was. Needless to say, with all those people, and every seat filled, and obviously the chef's night off, it was "function" food (everything made ahead, re-heated, etc.) Yuck. The steak tartar and lobster soup was good. Everything else was either room temperature or suffered in the reheating. My entree sounded good - veal tenderloin in puff pastry. Huge portion but lukewarm and soggy. YUCK. Not worth the $$. I've learned now - stick to the smaller places where the chef is cooking, or the food is simple. (FWIW, the Oak Room last year was worth every penny). What did you do and how were those shrimp tacos in Mexico?

        1. re: Rubee

          Mexico was awesome..posted as review to the intl list. Just found out I'm invited to a big bday party in a few weeks...guess where...Bay Tower Room!

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    2. fortunately his review was just soso..had I not been, I would not have been terribly inspired to go..75 total score...now I'm going to eat my lunch..leftovers...small portion of eggplant with basil, beef w poblano peppers and a few Taiwanese dumplings..from guess where?

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      1. re: 9lives

        Frankly, i was relieved...I think he should KEEP telling everyone to go to Kowloon!! (g) I felt like I was getting Chinese food recs from my parents...And how stupid was Eddie Andelman, pointing to a plate of fried dim sum, saying he didn't know what was in any of them....I think they all deserve to eat their Chinese food in Stoughton.....

        1. re: galleygirl

          agreed

          1. re: galleygirl

            Actually, it didn't sound like they TASTED anything, because they didn't like the atmosphere or the service..hee, hee, hee.....

        2. hey, I ate there tonight. first time.

          my bona fides: I've had Chinese food in Beijing.
          I've had Chinese food in Shanghai. I've had
          Chinese food in Hong Kong. Oh, yeah, and in
          Guangzhou too. Not to mention a lot of home
          cooked.

          Taiwan Cafe was good, better than most Chinatown
          restaurants. It is not sublime; does not reach
          the heights that Chinese cuisine can reach: not
          delicate enough. A bit on the heavy side.

          I saw a mouse there :) that sorta thing doesn't
          really bother me. I don't think there's a
          restaurant in Chinatown that doesn't have them.
          But, FWIW.