TASTy offers a prix fixe menu with 6 courses, all for a whopping $20! And nope, I'm not missing a zero. If this were served in say New York or Paris, this meal could easily go for $200. TASTy claims to specialize in Western cuisine, but of course there were some Taiwanese (or at least, Asian) influences as well. And yes, everything was mighty TASTY!
|Shrimp and snap beans|
I felt like I was at some museum looking at some minimalist modern art. Like, oh, "good use of space!" Haha anyways, the best part of this dish was the sauce. It was some kind of mustard sauce...slightly sweet, but not quite as sweet as honey mustard.
Some people might be kind of freaked out by the presentation of the shrimp, but I thought it was pretty cool. The bottom portion was a potato salad with bits of fruit in it.
|Garden salad with thousand island dressing|
|Danish pastry baked with beef|
I wonder if the chefs were inspired to make this dish while playing Jenga. This dish started with layers of flaky crust, topped with a beef patty, and then topped with cheddar cheese and specks of cilantro. A pretty savory dish, although it felt kind of heavy since the pastry absorbed the oils from the meat.
|Baked mushroom with garlic and cheese|
The square toast and the baked mushroom/cheese came together. You dip the bread into the cheese (or spoon the cheese onto your bread.) The cheese was super rich and creamy, and you could taste bits of the mushroom and garlic for that extra pop of flavor.
|Pumpkin soup with king oyster mushroom|
|Creamy mushroom chowder|
Both the pumpkin and mushroom chowders were rich and thick, just the way all chowders should be. Dipping the breadstick was especially fun, since the soup would actually cling to the bread without making it soggy!
I'm a pretty huge fan of meatballs, so I had to order the Italian beef ball soup! And the beef balls were so yummy. They were super plump and meaty, and you could actually suck the soup from the beef balls.
I first introduced these vinegar shots here, and they're one of my favorite parts of the meal! The (alcohol-free) shots are meant cleanse your palate and open up your stomach for the main course.
|Roasted pork ribs|
They serve you the plate with 2 racks of ribs, and then they cut it in front of you. Talk about good customer service! And they give you these cute little plastic gloves for you to wear, so you don't dirty your fingers! The ribs were nicely seasoned with lots of peppers (who doesn't love pepper?) and a sweet, slightly tangy barbeque sauce.
Oh yeah baby, crème brûlée! It was perfectly toasted, giving it that nice hard shell of caramel on top, and the custard on the bottom was soft and fluffy. When the waiter brought it over, I was so happy because it looks so big, right? Well, the dish was quite shallow. I wished the dish would be a little more open-minded.
|Vanilla ice cream with chocolate bag|
The vanilla ice cream came in this perfect dome. But the best part about this dish was the chocolate bag that was completely edible! The outer shell was fried, making it hot and crispy. One bite into the bag and LIQUID CHOCOLATE came flowing forth. It was seriously one of the best things I've experienced. The chocolate was also hot, and just SO rich. It was served with small scoops of raspberry and orange jam in that cute flower pattern. It's one of the best feelings in the world when you see something pretty and you find out it's edible (and even better, yummy!)
|Mango sopapilla smoothie|
When I first saw "sopapilla" on the menu, I thought it was some distant cousin of the chinchilla... har har. I'm not too sure why it's a sopapilla smoothie because it tasted 100% mango. No pastry or bread taste!
|Hot fruit tea|
Inside the pot, there were pieces of mango, kiwi, orange, strawberry, and pineapple! Pretty much any fruit you can think of.
|Iced roasted coffee|
|Lemon barley tea|
Ohoho see those little googly-eyes floating in the drink? Those are chewy bits of barley goodness! Barley has such a fun texture, and it's natural sweetness paired well with the acidity of the lemon.
3F, No.152, Sec. 1, Fuxing S. Rd.
Da’an Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan
Da’an Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan