Whenever we are in need of eats late into the night (and sometimes next morning), Taiwanese fare has increasingly become the ol' standby. You see, whenever we are out-of-ideas or just too lazy to look anything up, we can rely on the "generally open late" Taiwanese joint. Well, that was exactly what happened when we hit up T2A3 East Restaurant. Yes, not the easiest name to remember, unlike the previous tenant - Beefy Beef. Yup, a Taiwanese restaurant replacing another Taiwanese restaurant.
So naturally, we had all of the greatest hits including the Chicken Nuggets. These were juicy inside while lightly crispy on the outside. There was no shortage of seasoning including the very noticeable 5-spice. One thing I would've liked to see was the removal of the chicken skin as it wasn't rendered completely. Next up was the 3-Cup Chicken which ate better than it looked. Each piece of meat was succulent and juicy. On the other hand, the flavours were not in balance. I found the dish to be on the sweeter side missing the trademark wine/vinegary hit. There was plenty of ginger though, which added a touch of sharpness, but overall, the chicken was lacking in flavour.
Of course we had to the the Beef Noodle as well and it was acceptable. I much prefer the one from Beefy Beef as this one was a little underwhelming. With that being said, the broth wasn't devoid of salt. The problem was the lack of meat essence. On the positive side, the noodles were chewy while the beef shank was tender and seasoned. We also had the Garlic Pork featuring thin slices of pork belly served with a sweet, garlicky and vinegary sauce. We didn't mind this dish as the pork was soft and slightly gelatinized. The accompanying sauce hit all the flavour notes albeit being a touch too sweet.
One dish we could've done without was the Beef Roll since the pancake was quite thick and doughy. To compound the problem was the slight greasiness due to the absorption of too much oil by the pancake. On the other hand, the sliced beef was tender and moderately sauced with hoisin. Lastly, we tried the Lamb Fried Noodles, which were okay, if not a touch wet. We didn't get much in the way of lamb flavour though. Texturally, the noodles were chewy while adequately seasoned with a balance of sweet and savoury. As evidenced in the pictures, the dishes we had were on the smaller side (even though it is common with Taiwanese cuisine). Most items were decent, but at the same time, nothing that would make us return quickly.
- Open late
- Hit and miss
- Modest portions