Review on Taiwan Village
Chinese regional food is starting to make a real impact in the capital and this newcomer tucked behind the Earls Court exhibition halls is one of the brightest new finds for lovers of exciting oriental flavours.
It's a family-run business with Mr Huang in the kitchen and knowledgeable ladies out front. The man himself hails from Taiwan (as you might guess) but he also specialises in the cuisines of Szechuan and Hunan with their peppery, chilli-fired dishes and fondness for seafood.
The best option is to go for the 'let us decide feast', which brings a procession of fascinating dishes, each with its own textures, visual impact and different levels of spicing. Among the treats on offer might be prawns and pickled vegetables wrapped in lettuce, crunchy sesame chicken rolls, squid with Chinese celery, sautéed duck's tongues and much more.
On the main menu, it's worth looking for deep-fried French beans with slivers of garlic and chilli, a salad of jellyfish and chicken ('the union of the land and the sea'), Hunan pan-fried beef with 'three chillies' and Taiwanese style tofu. Finish with palate-refreshing homemade green tea and sesame seed ice cream, and keep the fires at bay with Taiwan beer, saké or tea.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.30 - 3.00pm Sat-Sun
Dinner: 6.30 - 11.30pm Tue-Sat (10.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card