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First off, definitely make reservations. You can still try to go without reservations, but you might have to wait awhile and end up sitting by the toilet. That’s what happened to me.
La Caja De Musica 樂盒子 is a small Spanish restaurant tucked away in a very quiet alley in Taipei, but is very popular and can get packed!
4/5 Service is very kind, fast and attentive. You’re drink will be refilled for you before you even notice you’re low. They definitely try to up sell you on drinks to go with your food. It’s not the only place in Taipei that does it, but I’ll include it in the review. The drink prices are about average for what you’d pay in most Taipei restaurants.
3/5 Honey ribs, as expected, tasted sweet. But was different from the salty and smoky style I’m used to America. It’s different, bit still good. The meat fell right off the bones, but the meat wasn’t that tender.
3/5 Seafood Paella: The sefood paella at La Caja De Musica 樂盒子 is pretty tasty and it’s a delicacy in Taipei since not many people serve it. But the actual seafood in it didn’t have much taste to it. The seafood was overcooked, but that’s understandable since it came out on a sizzling pan. I would have like there to been more of a crispy texture to the paella on the inside of the pan for that extra crunch.
4/5 Ambiance: very welcoming and friendly restaurant with a musical vibe.
2/5 Value: The prices are pretty high and can add up quickly since there is a 10% service charge. There’s also a NT$450 minimum charge per person.
3/5 Overall: The price point to food deliciousness for a meal here is pretty high. That creates high barrier for me to return and try other things. My experience wasn’t great enough to justify another visit.
It’s food, but you’re not going to enjoy it
Didn’t meet minimum meal expectations
Satisfying and an adequate meal.
So good you’ll eat here again!
You will remember this meal for the rest of your life!
Not required or expected. Some restaurants may have a 10% service charge.
Each rating TAIWANEATER rating is comprised of Quality, Service and Value (in order of the rating’s most important points).
QUALITY: The [Quality] is based on how good the food tastes and the presentation.
SERVICE: The [Service] is based on the dining experience. This includes the ambiance of the restaurant and how the interactions with the staff.
VALUE: The [Value] is based on both the Quality and Service in relation to the price. Ratings for food with a low price are a little more generous than food with a high price.
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