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Taiwan Cafe renovations?

mud Dec 18, 2008 08:50 AM

Hi all,

I've heard nasty rumors that Taiwan Cafe is undergoing renovations right now. Does anyone know if this is true? I'm flying in from California and have been dreaming of my Taiwan Cafe dinner!


  1. beetlebug Dec 18, 2008 09:56 AM

    I tried going to TC on 11/25 and they were closed for renovations (sign on the door). But, when I went there on 12/2, they were open again. No discernable renovations to my eye. But, I haven't been by since then.

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    1. re: beetlebug
      Allstonian Dec 18, 2008 10:01 AM

      I'm aware that saying too much about this is breaks CH rules, so I'll be as circumspect as I can. The city required that they close for small renovations and they were closed for about a week. They reopened around 11/29.

      1. re: Allstonian
        beetlebug Dec 18, 2008 10:40 AM

        I suspected as such. Unfortunately for me, that first day I tried going, it was pouring rain and I was drenched. I just wanted a big bowl of chinese noodle soup. And, of course, once I was denied, nothing else was going to match my expectations.

        I did have a nice bowl of noodle soup (pork with snow cabbage) at Gourmet Dumpling House. But, it was a bit skimpy, not enough snow cabbage or noodles. But, like I said earlier, even if it was a great bowl, it's not what I had pictured the whole time I was jumping puddles and getting splashed on.

    2. barleywino Dec 18, 2008 10:01 AM

      TC is open although you might consider trying Jo Jo Taipei in Allston instead...better food (and better attitude), imo

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      1. re: barleywino
        ScubaSteve Dec 18, 2008 10:57 AM

        i've never had anything less than a warm welcome and good service every time i've been.

        1. re: ScubaSteve
          barleywino Dec 18, 2008 11:38 AM

          nothing major...i asked them whether they could substitute pea leaves for spinach in one of their dishes and they wouldn't even consider it (other places have cheerfully done that for me for a few extra bucks), also when i asked for a wider take out box, they said it would cost me an extra 25 cents...Jo Jo Taipei seems much friendlier in my experience (and their xlb are better, more delicate and more soup inside the dumplings)...ymmv

          1. re: barleywino
            wittlejosh Dec 18, 2008 12:04 PM

            I just had the Shrimp with Yellow Chives, the Spicy Eggplant with Basil, and the Spicy Salt and Pepper Fried Chicken a few nights ago. Delicious as ever!

            1. re: barleywino
              ScubaSteve Dec 18, 2008 12:07 PM


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