Take out: yes Waiter Service: no Outdoor seating: yes Alcohol: yes
Food Quality: 4 out of 5 Decor: 3 out of 5 Service: 3 out of 5 Overall: 3.3 out of 5 Recommendation: Quick Grilled Sandwich Joint
In the states, i would switch up my meals during my lunch break and sometimes go for sandwiches. My usual options were subway, togo's, quiznos, deli's, panera or corner bakery. Somehow, the subway in Taiwan is utterly horrible, so I would not have imagined having good Taiwanese forms of panera or corner bakery. Luckily, I found a sandwich place that has ok grilled sandwiches that can curb my craving for a sandwich. Toasteria is a restaurant that offers a variety of sandwiches and salads at prices around 150 NT. They don't have much seating and it is pretty noisy, but this small restaurant has a cool vibe and tasty sandwiches.
I've been here twice before already, but I never got around to blogging about it. The sandwich above is Toasteria's "Cubano" It is made up of carnitas, ham, grilled red onions, jalapenos, and swiss cheese. The bread is grilled to a crispy crosshatched golden brown. I found the bread to be wierder thin, but I guess the Taiwanese bread is made up of more air than the average American sandwich toast. Regardless of it's thickness, the bread was crunchy and held its ingredients together. I felt like the carnitas here were even better than what they serve at machos tacos. Way more succulent and flavored. The ham mixed well by adding that oily pork lard taste, and added some more chewy texture to the sandwich. The grilled onions were had a sweet charred flavor, and added to the smokiness to the Cubano. The jalapeno and cheese kinda wrapped all the meat up and gave the sandwich a sharp acidic nuance. The side dish of pickled olives, garlic, and cucumbers paired well to counteract the heaviness of the sandwich. Think about eating a cucumber spear while eating a hearty hamburger. That dish of pickled vegetables does the same thing for this sandwich. I will defintely post more sandwiches when I get a chance to eat them, but try em for yourselves. I was not disappointed in this cubano, and this was my second time ordering this.