Straight from Taiwan: Tucked in upscale Causeway Bay, Tainan Mr. Bean’s nostalgic metal gates open up to a cosy refuge. Its kitchen serves up authentic Taiwanese fare (most items under $100) hawked straight from night markets, including oyster omelets and bubble tea in a rainbow of colors and flavors.
Look & Feel: The cement-clad interiors come with wooden tables and benches, caged lighting fixtures and dated signs from train stations. Menus are presented on clipboards and chic light boxes for an extra touch of “local.”
On the Menu: Though the shop is cozy, the menu is substantial – with English versions on request – featuring classics like rice with braised meat and pork leg or spicy dan dan noodles. Its small appetiser portions ensure you can try almost everything from candied sweet potatoes with plum, to wood-ear mushrooms in Chinese vinaigrette, to cod liver salad.
Jeng: If you’re a true Taiwanese night market foodie, you can’t leave without trying the oyster omelet; but here, opt for its brother, the egg omelet — a crispy egg pastry rolled up with rousong (pork floss) and fresh spring onions. Load up on carbs with a fried pork chop served on rice: the flaky, thick batter hits all the right notes. Order the sweet potato leaves and mushroom-stuffed tofu to ease your guilty conscience.
Not So Jeng: It’s a modestly sized space, which means large-sized parties might have trouble securing seats.
Great For: Small to medium-sized groups; post-shopping-spree treats; quick lunch.
Service: helpful and attentive yet non-intrusive.
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