Monday, November 3, 2014

Restaurant Review: Pin Chuan Lan 品川蘭 (Taipei, Taiwan)

Since we were in Taiwan, I knew we'd have to eat beef noodle soup somewhere. But I wasn't really interested in going to those super famous street stalls and struggling with ordering. I decided to take it easy when I saw Hungry Girl in Taipei's review of Pin Chuan Lan, since it looked like a very modern and trendy restaurant (with English menu, yeyyy).

We were originally going to have lunch here, but we ended up here for an early dinner instead. We arrived around 5pm, and we were the only ones there. By the time we left an hour or so later, it started to fill up a bit.

Pin Chuan Lan - large table near the front of the store

Pin Chuan Lan - Nice decor

This is a normal sized bottle of beer... just a really small glass

This beef roll was really delicious, but came with 8 pieces. We only managed to eat 4 pieces between the two of us, and that was pushing it. I liked it, but not that special.

Chinese pancake with beef shank roll

Cory ordered the beef noodle soup. There's a clear soup version and braised version. He went with braised. He wasn't particularly impressed, though.

Beef noodle soup - braised version

I ordered the chili noodles, and DAMN they were spicy, but so good! The spicy pesto and cucumber combo was pretty awesome. Worth the burning lips sensation.

Chili noodles

Bottom Line: To be perfectly honest, unless you are a huge fan of beef noodle soup (or maybe beef in general?), I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to eat here. It was just OK for us. It's probably got a great vibe once it fills up a bit more, and seems like a cool place to eat with a larger group of friends too.

Basic Information:

Pin Chuan Lan 品川蘭 (Pǐnchuān lán)
Address: No. 10, Alley 11, Lane 216, ZhongXiao E. Rd, Sec. 2,

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