Outdoor seating: no
Food Quality: 3.7 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Recommendation: Go for quality pastas at a bargain.
Continuing on my quest to find an acceptable pasta spot, I stumbled upon a newly opened restaurant nearby called House No. 202 Steak and Pasta. Their menu consists of many entrees in which you can add a combination of salad, soup, bread, or drink. The entrees range from 140 NT for a plate of seafood spagetti to 260 for steak. They also serve lamb chops and chicken rice, all under 300 NT. The food here is delightful. The portions are just right, the flavors are light and fresh, and the platings are alluring. They offer quality food and drink at an affordable price. This is the type of neighborhood eatery that is worth frequenting.
I recommend getting the 3 item upgrade so that you can get some food right away. The salad was uninteresting, but edible nonetheless. I like how they sliced the cherry tomato into smaller pieces instead of serving it as a whole like typical Taiwanese preparation. Since they took the time to slice those cherry tomatos, you would think that they would at least slice the cucumber into smaller pieces, but they served it as a 2.5 inch wedge instead. It isn't so hard to mandolin a cucumber, but for some reason they opted with the cucumber wedge, which is not so appetizing. The lettuce could be cut into smaller pieces, but thankfully it was smaller than the usual Taiwanese salads with huge leaves. The soup was very dismissable as well. The croutons tasted for like semi stale bread than croutons, and I was not sure what soup I was drinking. It wasn't corn chowder or butternut squash. It could have been butter whippied into chicken stock garnished with spices. I am not sure, but thankfully the entree was good.
This is their seafood spagetti in red sauce. The sauce was frothy and light, you can taste the seafood blended with the tomatos, and the seasonings did not overpower the sauce. They provide a mussel, 2 rings of calamari, and 2 clams. The serving of spagetti is about a 3 oz serving. What is amazing about this place compared to Discovery is that they actually provide Parmesan Cheese. Parmesan cheese should be a basic item a pasta place should have. Even though this place used Kraft instead of some nice fresh grated stuff, I still commend them for having it. With a dish plated like this at 140 NT, I can't wait to try out the other items on the menu. I will definitely be updating this post quite frequently to add comments on other entrees. I want to try their steak, lamb chops, and penne pasta in pesto sauce. I think I found my go to pasta joint near NTU. I might try other places, but this place has the goods and the charm. Definitely a 4 out of 5.