Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Little Taiwan @ One Utama Shopping Center, PJ

A branch of a Taiwanese restaurant chain, in One Utama Shopping Centre's new wing....

(Oops)
I found this set of photos in my external hard disk and realised that I forgot to blog about this place - it's about 6 months late!
:(

So, to be fair, I won't go into too much detail unless I'm absolutely sure.

Anyway, as you know, I love trying out new places. So, during one of my weekly quality time/ shopping trips with my mum, we walked around the corner of the new wing (where Giant used to be) to look for a lunch venue when the bright, chirpy colours of Little Taiwan caught our eyes:
Outside Little Taiwan...

To my dismay (after being seated), upon closer inspection it turned out the this eatery is Halal (Not a smidgen of pork in sight!). Still, it was comfortable, and there were some interesting items on the menu so we stayed:
Comfy interior...

My mum ordered the Claypot loh shuee fun (RM 10.90+):
Claypot of rat tail noodles!...

The serving size was big enough and the texture of the noodles were pretty good (quite smooth) but overall, it was just ok because it was semi-drowning in a sweet-ish dark sauce.
(Watery texture, mostly sweet, but slightly salty at the same time)

I had the Spicy Beef Noodles (RM 11.90+), which is supposed to be a Taiwanese speciality:
Spicy noodles...

Um.
It was fairly spicy and had beef, as advertised.... but it was also very very oily.

No, really. I tried spooning out the excess oil, then gave up eventually. Here's what I did manage to extract:
OIL...

As mentioned before, the serving size was pretty big so we didn't manage to try any of the desserts... but well, I don't think I would have taken the risk after our mains...

I have read online/ heard that some of the other dishes (like the deep fried Taiwanese styled chicken) and bubble tea can be nice though, so maybe we just chose the wrong things that day.

So it's: Modern, bright ambience, ok range of non-porky Taiwanese food, reasonable prices for shopping center setting BUT really, the taste is only just ok....

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:


Little Taiwan @ One Utama Shopping Centre


Lot LG 325, 1 Utama Shopping Center, Bandar Utama, 47800 PJ

Taste: 5
Ambience : 6
Service : 6
Price** : RM 25/+ per person
Parking: Difficult on weekends
(They also have branches in Pavilion, The Sphere, e@The Curve, IOI Mall, Jusco Malacca and Alamanda Putrajaya - for the full details click here)

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-7729 5582
Opening Hours: 10am till late

NO PORK SERVED



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12 comments:

HairyBerry said...

Hi5 on long overdue posts! Sometimes, i think of it as a good way to strengthen my memory power.....ok lah, the truth is i eat too much n too lazy to blog! Haha! Talking abt taiwanese food, i heard fong lai at imbi (not mid val) is good. But dunno whr. Must go find one day! :)

J said...

to HairyBerry:
You say only that you eat too much but look at you! - you have definitely run it all off. You should change your name to SkinnyBerry...
:)

taufulou said...

i tried the 1 in mid valley b4~

J said...

to taufulou:
Was it nice? :)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I really don't like the food here. The fact that it's halal makes it all the more disappointing. :(

J said...

Bangsar Babe, you are a true babitarian! 110%! :)

Julian Si said...

I agree... no babi!!? :-(

J said...

to Julian Si:
It's catering to the mass market lah. :P

thenomadGourmand said...

Haha.. i ate here too..say 6mths ago?? LOL.
Ddint bother to blog..food aint great, portions small.. humprhph.. ;p

J said...

to thenomadGourmand:
LOL - Ok, so I guess we ate there around the same time?..... Did you also try to loh shuee fun and Beef noodles? *curious*

brightknight_216 said...

Ate at the branch at e@curve. Portion seems small. Don't find it tasty. Should go to Taiwan Recipe where they sell pork (had food there at Midvalley)... Both Little Taiwan and Taiwan Recipe are sister companies. The latter is non-halal.

Taiwan Recipe tastes better. They fried the food with pork making it more delicious.

J said...

To brightknight 216:
I guess pork generally makes food yummier? (love it!).. Will look out for the Taiwan recipe place that u mentioned. Haven't tried it before.

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