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May 24, 2012 09:34 AM

Taiwan Cafe, reopened yet?

Tried to visit Taiwan Cafe a few weeks ago and they're still closed for renovations. The sign in the window said they were going to be reopening in March. Anyone know when/if they're going to be opening again?

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  1. it's may and, sadly, they're still closed

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    1. re: galangatron

      And not even close to being done (based on what I saw last weekend). On FB they're saying June now.

      1. re: Nab

        Thanks, I didn't know they had a FB page. I used to subscribe to their Twitter feed but there was never any activity so I stopped following.

          1. re: galangatron

            So, it looks like ownership has not changed; they just decided to renovate.


                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  that makes my week. they have my favorite version of scalliion pancake stuffed with roast beef

          2. gosh, I hope they aren't reinventing the wheel

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            1. Anyone know if it's open yet? I'm thinking of heading there today.

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              1. re: nsenada

                My rockstar juice wizard lady, who works at Juice Bar (which everyone should try) told me yesterday that the window paper has been removed.

                1. re: Prav

                  Mayhap I shall have a beefy pancake today. This juice wizard lady you speak of - I must seek her healing potions out.

                  1. re: nsenada

                    She's so kind and wonderful! try the lychee with lychee jelly. the fresh mango juice is extraordinary, too. (be sure to ask if the mangos are sweet that day)

                    I think it's a family run place - she, her brother, and the mother.

                    1. re: Prav

                      Next time I will try this juice - I was so crammed full after Dumpling Cafe I barely had enough room for a Portuguese Tart from Great Taste.

                      1. re: Prav

                        Hey, I thought she was kind and wonderful only to me! =)

                        I know exactly who you are talking about, and she is wonderful, and it is definitely a family run place. It only takes on episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" or "Restaurant Impossible" to dispel the myth that family-run places are always harmonious and wonderful, but Juice Bar is definitely both.

                        Lychee and mango are both excellent, as is watermelon, but I am often partial to the papaya/passion fruit mixture, with boba.

                        Juice Bar is one of my favorite things about Boston's Chinatown. I love having tea with a Chinese meal, but find I'm usually thirsty afterwards.

                        Definitely looking forward to Taiwan Cafe's re-opening. I've been worried for a while as they've slipped behind schedule, but have been hoping for the best.

                        1. re: lipoff

                          I'll have to try the papaya/passion fruit next time! So glad you've got love for the Juice Bar and their lovely proprietors. There was a time last summer where my girlfriend and I came there every day, over the course of a few weeks.

                          Side note: Anyone figure out what kind of blender(s) they're using? It doesn't look like a Vitamix or any other industrial-type blender... which amazes me, because their blender must be some kind of workhorse considering the use it gets!

                  2. re: nsenada

                    As I just reported on the Openings / Closings thread, there appears to be progress, but it was not open yet as of Wednesday. Paper off the windows, new furniture in the dining room, no other signs of life, e.g., no window card indicating operating hours.


                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      I almost asked a woman on the steps when they were going to open, but she seemed pretty ticked of at whoever she was yelling at on the phone. Went to Dumpling Cafe instead, but their RB Scallion pancake is just not as good (though their soup dumplings are better).

                      1. re: nsenada

                        Agreed: I think Dumpling Cafe's XLB are the best in the neighborhood right now. Just had a passel of the crab / pork ones, really fine.


                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          We only had one rupture of the six, and it was the one that had been sitting longest. I was with some xlb virgins who are now hooked.

                          1. re: nsenada

                            They could really lock up 1st place in the rankings if they started offering 100% crab xlb as well (I'm thinking Koi Palace in SF)

                          2. re: MC Slim JB

                            MC, have you tried XLB at JoJo Taipei? I think they are great....

                            1. re: xiaobao12

                              Now that you mention it, I don't think I have, but I don't get to JoJo often enough as it is.


                    2. Taiwan Cafe just posted on their Facebook page that they'll be back open tomorrow, 8/7. Pictures of new fish tanks + word of a "new menu".

                      1. I walked by yesterday and it's confirmed--it's definitely open for business now.

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                        1. re: bartholomeu

                          Did you get a chance to see if there's really a new menu? Anyone been here yet?

                          1. re: Dave MP

                            the menu is essentially the same with a few new dishes (sichuan wontons in red chili sauce, shredded potato with long horn pepper, sauteed snails with soy and basil, lamb in three essences, etc). and, as noted below, there are a few rice plates now included as lunch specials

                            1. re: galangatron

                              I was unable to find the shredded eel with yellow chives which I liked a lot and none of my DCs ever liked much. The waitstaff, if they understood what I was asking about, claimed it was no longer available. We did have an excellent meal there, about which I will write more later.