I don't even live in the hood, I drove half an hour to eat in this place, because I read a review by some other review buddies in Yelp and decided to try it. The place is a kind of a contemporary Taiwanese Tea House style. The company was established in Taiwan in the 50's, and it operate in 7 different countries worldwide and 4 different states in the US. That was impressive. Although it bill itself as a Tea House, it actually serves very decent Chinese food. Mostly are Taiwanese style, but for a lots of people, all it meant to them is Chinese food and would not have know the difference.
The place has a very impressive Chinese Tea menu, especially the traditional Chinese tea menu, a large selection of Green Tea, plus a large selection of Herbal Tea. If you are a tea enthusiast, you are in heaven. On top of that, there is Bubble Milk Tea, Ice Bubble Tea, you can add additional jelly or bubbles for an extra $0.50! There is hot western tea or fruit tea, and there is a section of titled 'Signature Drink, where it incorporated some of the modern popular invention in Taiwan. There is also Bubble Matcha and Bubble Smoothie, Bubble Milk Smoothies and Shaved Ice.
Food wise, for such a small place, there is a rather large menu, I felt sorry for the kitchen really. The appetizer has all the snack portion size, from veggie like Edamame, string beans to spring roll, more contemporary Cheese Wontons (did not try it, cannot get pass the cheese, I like traditional wontons), big selection of noodles, and rice dishes. No worry for vegetarian either, about 8 to 9 dishes to choose from. Plus a few authentic Taiwanese dishes.
I ordered the Pork Roll, Fried String Beans to share with my dinner companion, I had the Eel Rice and my companion had the Chicken Cutlet with Rice. The Pork Roll is really nice, this would be like a street dishes served from a cart in Taiwan, and it has pork and other pork bits to make the sausages, and it was delicious. The String Beans was fried just right, not too dry, and it is still moist and slightly al dente. My Eel Rice was very much like a Japanese Unagi Don, the sauce is practically the same. I loved it, I had one long big piece of eel. Yum. My companion's Fried Chicken Cutlet with rice is also very good, crispy outside with a little crunch and moist inside.
I ordered the Chrysanthemum Tea with Honey, that was very nice, may be a little too much honey and not served in a traditional tea pot, for me esthetic and presentation is important.
Now the criticism I had with the Midnight Soy was that nearly all the bubble tea and cold tea come from powder, which is very common nowadays. Not many places actually use fresh ingredients nowadays.
No doubt from now on, I will be going there from time to time.
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