Oct 12, 2010

Discovery 發現義大利麵


Address:    台北市中正區羅斯福路三段282號 (公館店)
                  No. 282, Section 3, LuoSiFu Rd, JhongJheng District
Phone #:    N/A
Website: N/A
Price Range:   $$
Accepts Credit Cards: idk
Attire: casual
Good for kids: no
Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating:  no
Alcohol: no


Food Quality: 2.5 out of 5
Decor:  2 out of 5
Service: 2 out of 5
Overall: 2.2 out of 5
Recommendation: Lots of noodles for cheap.


Without a kitchen of my own, I must rely on the restaurant world to satisfy all my cravings. I am currently looking for a restaurant around NTU that can whip up various high quality pastas. "Discover Spagetti" is not that sort of place. All I discovered is that you make quite a lot of money selling sub-par spagetti in Taiwan. This store is like the typical cheap pasta joints that litter the city. The upside is that everything is under 130NT, but that is also the source of its downside. They serve spagetti with different ingredients and 4 basic sauces: butter based, pesto based, marinara based, and olive oil based. Each meal comes with bread and corn soup(Falls short from being chowder). Overall, this is a cheap spagetti restaurant geared toward the high school/college students that pack the place up.

When you walk in the door you immediately sense the popularity of this place. I took one of the few remaining seats and began to view the menu. One of my favorite marinara based pastas is the linguine frutti de mare, so I figured I'd find something similar and order it. I ended up getting the "Barcelona Seafood Spagetti in Tomato Sauce". I sat and wondered why they had a Barcelona Seafood Spagetti at "Discover Italian Noodles", but I figured it was just a silly name. The interior of the store was not very appealing. It was just a cramped space full of uninteresting furniture (more utilitarian than aesthetical). This type of restaurant would be about a 2 out of 5 for decor.

In terms of service, there wasn't a real server, but 2 workers that do the work of a host, server, and bus boy. The worker to max capacity ratio is abot 2:20, so they were also too busy to cater to an individual customer for a long amount of time. If you had any questions you have to flag the worker down otherwise they won't notice you until they get a brief lapse between routines. The bread, soup, and drinks were set up for you to get them urself. And, they also required you to get ur own utensils and napkins at that stand. Restaurants where you need to get your own stuff get a service rating of 2 out of 5.

The food was not very pleasing. The bread they provided was close to stale, the corn soup was very watery with subtle hints of butter and sometimes you can catch an occasional niblet. I don't even want to talk about the drinks they served in those horrible Taiwanese paper cups. Passionfruit cough syrup would be the best way to describe what that was. It was so bad that even the cup writhed in pain after a while.

The main course here is what they call a barcelona seafood spagetti. I was really confused because I did not see  much seafood in this at all. There was a single unpeeled shrimp, two small clams, and maybe 4 little rings of calamari. The ingredients did not cook into the sauce at all. The only good think I can say of about this place of spagetti, was that the noodles were at least cooked al dente. The marinara sauce was very tangy, and not very robust. It tasted like ketchup, since it had that sweetness and hint of sourness to it. You don't get that fresh tomato taste from the marinara. Also, they seasoned the sauce with Taiwanese basil, which is a lot stronger, and they probably did not use bay leaves in their marinara, so I didn't get that layer of spice. The food here is about a 2 out of 5. Spend your money elsewhere.

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