Tapas Taipei: Papi Papi Spain Bar 西班牙大眾酒場


Papi Papi Spain Bar 西班牙大眾酒場

3/5

The vibe at Papi Papi Spain Bar 西班牙大眾酒場 is pretty nice. Many people come here with their friends to drink and hang out. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting while still being pretty hip. As usual in Taipei, service was pretty good. But here, there’s a 10% service charge so it has to be extra good.

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Papi Papi Spain Bar 西班牙大眾酒場 Review

PLACE REVIEW CONTINUED

Fries in Truffle Sauce 8/10

The french fried were pretty good. Unusually long french fries so I’m not sure if these were made from fresh potatoes. I liked the seasoning and they were cooked to be crispy on the outside while still soft on the inside. The truffle sauce was something I haven’t had before, but it was okay.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip 4/10
I’ve never had spinach artichoke dip in Spain, so I’m not sure if it’s supposed to taste this way. From my experience in Los Angeles, I love how they do the spinach artichoke dip because it’s more of a dipping sauce with small bits of spinach, artichoke and a creamy cheese. At Papi Papi Spain Bar 西班牙大眾酒場, they use full sized spinach, slices of artichoke with melted cheese on top. I did not enjoy this at all. Because the spinach is boiled, at the bottom of the dish is water. So the dip is not actually dip, it’s melted cheese, spinach artichoke and leftover water with a few slices of toasted bread.

Tofu Sisig 7/10

An over easy egg on top of fried tofu. For a vegetarian dish, this was simple but tasty. Most of the flavor just comes from the egg yolk

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Calamari 7/10

Deep fried calamari in fairly big portions. The calamari is hard to break into smaller pieces so you kind of have to eat it all at once. The taste is pretty standard for fried calamari

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Egg Tortilla 5/10

The egg tortilla looks like a cake, but it’s just a baked egg dish. There wasn’t any tortilla on it, so I’m guessing it’s called an egg tortilla because of the burned edges of the egg, giving it a harder texture. I didn’t enjoy it.

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Paella 7/10

As a Spanish restaurant, you gotta have paella. I found the paella to be pretty average. The rice didn’t have too much flavor or texture to it and the seafood on top was just okay.

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Grilled Pork Steak 8/10

The grilled pork steak was pretty good. It had a slight char to the outside while still being pretty juicy. The quality of the pork was also very good (FYI, Taiwan produces a lot of fresh pork).

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Value: Papi Papi Spain Bar 西班牙大眾酒場

All drinks start at NT$100. That’s for soda, juice or water. But at the same time, that’s also the starting price for beer and cocktails. Drinks are in kind of small portions which make sense why the price is low. They use a tall thin glass with lots of ice. No outside beverages are allowed, including water.

Since it’s a Spanish tapas bar in Taipei, you can expect small portions of mediocre food. After eating here and getting the bill, it definitely didn’t feel like the value was worth the price.

There is a 10% service fee and a NT$350 minimum charge.

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Overall Impression of Papi Papi Spain Bar 西班牙大眾酒場

The more expensive a meal is the higher my expectations tend to be. You can justify high prices with good food. But at Papi Papi Spain Bar 西班牙大眾酒場, they had small portions, high prices and mediocre food. But if you’re craving tapas there’s aren’t too many options in Taipei. I’d say, this is more of a drinking spot.

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Rating Guide

1/5

It’s food, but you’re not going to enjoy it

2/5

Didn’t meet minimum meal expectations

3/5

Satisfying and an adequate meal.

4/5

So good you’ll eat here again!

5/5

You will remember this meal for the rest of your life!

Pricing Guide

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NT$1-100 (US$0-$3.23)

$$

NT$100-300 (US$3.23-9.68)

$$$

NT$300-700 (US$9-22)

$$$$

NT$700+ (US$22.60+)

TIP

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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