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Went to Costco in Taipei to try some food. Full regret immediately.
The food court at the Costco in Taipei is only accessible to members since it’s on the inside. If you are a Costco member from the United States, your Costco card will gives you access to the Costco stores in Taiwan.
4/10 Chicken Bake
Tried my favorite chicken bake but it was bad. It was smaller than the usual fresh one. The size and taste were similar to the frozen ones they sell for you to take home.
6/10 Bulgogi Bake
Surprisingly tasty. It was filled with cheese, Bulgogi seasoned meat and scallions.
3/10 Honey Lemon Smoothie
This was a super sour lemon slurpee. I could not taste any honey but that’s cause it was a sour punch to the face. The word smoothie was also misleading.
This Costco is very popular! Going here on a Friday night is full-on rush hour. It’s difficult to walk around and if you want to eat at the food court you’ll have to stand. It’s pretty much like a night market with shopping carts.
The seats were all taken when I wanted to go eat. When I tried waiting for a seat, someone was already lined up to take it. I ended up eating at the photo printing counter just so I had a place to put my food down.
5/5 Value: The food is super cheap!
Bonus info: Costco Taipei has a very clever parking lot. There are lights above each parking spot to identify if a spot is available.
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!
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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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Supermarkets and convenience stores in Taiwan (7-Eleven, Family Mart) do not accept credit cards (at least not American credit cards). You can only make purchases by cash or by using your pre-loaded funds on your EasyCard.
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The purpose of this review is to give an honest opinion of the food you can eat in Taiwan. Many people come to Taipei to try out Taiwanese food and end up eating at low quality places meant for tourists. This is because they don’t know where the best restaurants to eat in Taipei are or because they were recommended food by a tourist rather than Taiwan Travel Blog that has researched and tried all the best Taipei eats.
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