1306 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
Taiwan Restaurant Willow Glen
Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Fast Food, Chinese
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Parking: Street, Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
05/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The food and atmosphere are both great. I usually get take-out from this place as its easy & always prompt. Food is outstanding; a little disappointed that they charged for rice... but seems to be happening at a lot of places these days.
Try the walnut shrimp & Mongolian beef.
11/22/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Probably the best Chinese food in San Jose, certainly Willow Glen. I've never had anything I didn't think was very good here. The take-out is good and pretty quick. The service is usually good but can be slow. The place gets very busy on weekends.
The atmosphere is pretty standard Chinese restaurant. It's an OK place to bring kids if they can stand the occasional wait (or just bring it home). Parking behind the restaurant is OK but not great.
Located on Lincoln Ave. in Willow Glen, Taiwan always serves great-tasting Chinese food--Szechwan, Cantonese and Taiwan specialties. Inexpensive and a great value. Nicely decorated with pale-pink linens and large, dramatic and beautiful floral displays, as well as many original paintings. Always busy, especially on weekends, so reservations are recommended. They also do take-out. Favorites are Szechuan shrimp, Changsha chicken, hot and sour soup, many others. Always tastes great.
Do not go to Taiwan if you are a party of two. You risk being seated in the center bank of tables, where there is 1/2 to 1 inch of space between the tables. It is impossible to carry on a conversation without listening to your neighbors' conversations. You also have a not-so-lovely view of the waitress as she tries to angle into the minimal space between the tables to deliver your neighbors' meal.
My friend and I will not return there as a party of two until something is done about the seating in the center bank of tables.
09/17/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Nestled in Willow Glen is the Taiwan Restaurant which offers classy California-Chinese cuisine equal to Mandarin Gourmet (in Cupertino) and PF Changs. If you are looking for authentic homestyle Chinese food from a distinct province, search in San Francisco, Milpitas and Cupertino. If you are looking for a fresh, friendly, well decorated, and refined Chinese restaurant created for a California palette, go to Taiwan Restaurant.
My recommendation would be to start with the Mu Shu Salmon as an appetizer, rather than a main dish. It is a symbol of everything special about Taiwan. The Salmon, as opposed to the more common Mu Shu Pork, speaks of the restaurants freshness and creativity. The salmon is perfectly cooked and the dish is filled with crunchy cabbage, soft eggs, and Hoisin sauce, that will whet your appetite.
If you prefer a soup, the Hot & Sour, Won Ton and Sizzling rice soups are all cooked with perfect consistency, clean sharp flavors, and with a light fresh feel. Everything tastes exactly the way it should.
As a main coarse, I would suggest: the Changsha chicken (chicken and bamboo shoots - spicy & perfect, served in a foil swan); Firecracker chicken, Wok Seared Scallion Beef filet (tasty beef morsels infused with a diliciously balanced marinade with fresh scallions); and the Honey Walnut Shrimp.
The only other thing that I must mention is the decor. The owner is a master artist who loves to create large, dramatic and beautiful floral displays. There is a multitude of original paintings and terrific newspaper food reviews on the wall, but its the floral displays that will wow you. The bottom line - great tasting, creative food, with classy & fun presentations in a restaurant with beautiful decor. Treat yourself and vist Taiwan Restaurant.
05/08/2005Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I were strolling in Willow Glen one evening and decided to try this restaurant out because there were so many people inside. The ambiance is nice, but all of the dishes we ordered came with sauces that were laden with sugar. This is definitely NOT authentic Chinese food, or even particularly good Chinese American food, but food for people who like whatever they eat sweet and swimming in sauce. We won't go back again,
02/09/2004Provided by Citysearch -
Taiwan is always busy because the food is just outstanding! The service is excellent and the prices very reasonable. Due to its popularity, it can at times be crowded and noisy. My favorites are the Mu Shu Pork, Hot and Sour Soup, Cashew Chicken - well, I guess I've never had a dish here I didn't like. And the fresh floral arrangements are magnificent.