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Nov 30, 2011 12:21 PM

Has anyone tried the Taiwanese Banquet at Taiwan Cafe?

I go here a lot and the menu offers a "Taiwan Style Banquet" by special order only. The owner told me that it's for a minimum of 12 people (I think) and requires a few days' notice b/c they have to special order the ingredients from NY.

Has anyone tried it? I've been having trouble organizing enough people who would be willing to eat whatever they are given and I'm wondering if it's worth the trouble. I am usually very happy with anything I order here and wonder if the banquet meets (or exceeds?) the usual quality.

If you've had it, could you tell us some of the dishes that were included.


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  1. I haven't had it, but I also am always happy with their food. I bet if you plan a chowdown you would get 11 takers in minutes!

    3 Replies
    1. re: Parsnipity

      I've never planned/attended a chowdown. How does it work?

      1. re: chocojosh

        I've been to several, and organized a couple myself. It's not too hard, but it does take a bit or organization.

        It's best if you decide first on a date/time, and then post an announcement on the board. Set an RSVP date so you can make those advance arrangements with the restaurant, too. Make sure you include a way for folks to contact you - best thing is is to add an email address on your Chowhound profile page. Starting a thread here on the board with back-and-forth discussion of plans isn't allowed, so that would all have to be done by email.

        You can use the "Report" button to ask the mods to lock your post and make it a sticky at the top of the board.

        1. re: Allstonian

          Run a waitlist. People always change plans.

    2. I think I remember inquiring about this a long time ago (2004) and finding out some of the menu items - I think there were several specialty items (incl. seafood) that were expensive and not that interesting to me, compared to my favorites on their regular I didn't end up getting it. I can't remember any specifics though.

      I think it's $30 per person or something like that, so much more expensive than if you just ordered a meal for 10 people from the regular menu (which would probably come out to about $10 per person). So it's probably only worth it if you're particularly interested in the special ingredient-based dishes included in the banquet.

      1. I'd go if you organized a Chowdown. And if the menu is printed somewhere, several of us could take a stab at translating it. And, I can eat as much as three mortals. :-) Which is to say, you might need fewer than 12 serious chowhounds.

        1. Excellent! Thanks for all the info. I think it would probably be best to wait until after the holidays to attempt this, but I am definitely going to!