Even though it has been open for a year, an initial negative report by a friend kept me away, but last week that friend decided it was time to return to sample more. The friend and I are both Taiwanese so that could make us a little more critical or picky, since we have our childhood food as a high benchmark.
Fried chicken: good, not oily, crispy, this was not an item I ate during my childhood and I can’t say I like Taiwanese FC better than Korean FC or Japanese FC. Definitely prefer Bakesale Betty and Miss Ollie’s and Ad Hoc over this version.
Braised pork bento: came with half an egg (perfect), pickled veggies (refreshing), edemame (generic), rice, and a chopped pork braise that was close enough to what I can make at home (mine is better). I use ground pork at home and they use pork belly. I don’t think it makes a big difference taste wise but it seems like ground pork is a little healthier. Egg was fully cooked, as it should be in order to flake the dried yolk into the rice.
Gua bao: friend reported it was a little oily but otherwise no complaints.
Milk tea with boba: tea was dark, not too sweet, flavorful. Boba was too soft and too small a portion for $3.50.
Overall I thought the food was solid and the prices were fine/good. I still miss the place in SF near Mission and 2nd, it was a little more authentic in my opinion. Still, I think that most people who didn’t grow up eating Taiwanese food would really like Taiwan Bento.