Mayan Grill [Taipei] – closed

With growing emergence of Mexican restaurants, in both Shanghai and Taipei, I have seen both high end restaurants like Maya, everyday type of restaurants like Cantina Agave, and almost fast food types like Oola Mexican Grill. Mayan Grill, which opened in the spring of 2011, has entered with its own concept, featuring a great dining space, which is also suitable for drinking.

Located in Zhongshan district of Taipei, Mayan Grill features great Mexican fare from quality ingredients. The salsa, guacamole, and hot sauce are made from scratch. You can taste the freshness. I was especially fond of their proudly made hot sauce in different degrees of pain. It was so spicy that they use eye droppers to apply the sauce. When you use that – you know you have to be careful with the sauce.

Today for brunch, I had one of my favorites, Chilaquiles. This simple dish with tortilla chips, cheese, and egg, all smothered in sauce, is a great dish to pick and nibble on, while downing a Lime Margarita. The sampler platter of appetizers, with quesadillas, taquitos, and chimichanga, was also a good show of the yummy Mexican foods.

Anyways. . .if you are looking for a place to have great Mexican food and relax with drinks – check out Mayan Grill. They also have a nice little outdoor patio on the 2nd floor.

What to Order: Sampler Platter, Chilaquiles, Enchiladas. Make sure you try their spicy sauces (if you dare)
What not to Order:

2 Pigs
Price Range 2 $/¥/NT

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Mayan Grill
No. 6, Lane 65, Zhongshan N. Road, Section 2, Taipei City
+886 02 2511 6282

The Creator of the Pearl Milk Tea – 春水堂 [Taipei]

On a trip back to Taipei, I was taken to a small tea house called Chun Shui Tang. I was told, that one of the chain in Taichung was responsible for creating the Pearl Milk Tea. The Pearl Milk Tea, also known as the Boba Icea Tea, is the key product in the Lollicup and Tapioca Express shops. I know girls like this place as an afternoon tea choice.

Regardless of the pearl milk tea, which I am not a big fan of, the tea house is a nice little place for . . .tea. They have a large variety of hot and iced teas with fruits, tapioca, etc. Open late, they also serve traditional Taiwanese dishes, that I grew up and love. As you can see from the picture, you can see the nice little side dishes. Chun Shui Tang also has the pork and chicken rice entrees as well as soup noodles. In addition, they have great dumplings, Taiwanese sausage, and others. You can see more pictures of what they have on their website.

You can see a list of their other locations throughout Taiwan, on their website. I am sure I will go there more often in the future. Simple traditional food at a nice little tea shop.

Chun Shui Tang