Formosa restaurant is at the basement of the Howard Plaza Hotel near Ren-Ai Road. I think it's a popular place for people to take their relatives since there are large banquet style tables and they serve a lot of authentic and solid Taiwanese food.
It's like eating night market food in a clean, banquet style atmosphere and paying a premium for that privilege.
My entire family (myself included!) thought that the food was really good. Here's some pictures of the dishes we had:
Stewed Pork belly. This is quintessential Taiwanese, and they made it well here. Yum.
I'd never had these local greens before, but they were good. They curled at the ends, not unlike fiddleheads.
Three-cup chicken. Another Taiwanese classic. This is a super fragrant dish where bone-in chicken pieces are stewed with soy sauce, sugar, wine, and basil.
I had never had this before - some sort of flavored crab rice. It was good.
I love how all these Taiwanese restaurants give you peanut-powder covered mochi balls as a free dessert after the meal. I absolutely love these balls. I might try to make some soon. I'll definitely post my experiments in that arena if I go there. 🙂
Over all, this was a solid, Taiwanese restaurant that is great for large family gatherings. The service was fast, and the food was very good.
No. 160 Ren Ai Rd Sec 3
Taipei 106 Taiwan
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