Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating: no
Food Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Decor: 2 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.83 out of 5
Recommendation: Clean Cheap Teppanyaki Fix
In the Tong Hua nightmarket, there is a plethora of street food to choose from. In the midst of all the stinky tofu and skewered items there are a couple of hole in the wall teppanyaki restaurants to dine in. They are pretty much the same: similar seasonings, similar no frills service, and similar subpar ingredients. However Red Forest seemed like a more popular joint, so I gave it a try. The place is relatively clean, the food is prepared fast, and it offers that famaliar tasty Taiwanese teppanyaki vegetable and meat sauces.Red forest is a good place to get a quick and cheap Taiwanese style teppanyaki meal and is open late.
When you first sit down they present you with some ready-made items like this container full of pickled radishes. They are nice to snack on and if you leave some with the hot food they make a good palate cleanser when you are consume too much heavily sauced items.
Another stocked item is the egg drop soup. It doesn't taste that great the soup is very bland. It is pretty much just pork stock with some egg in it. However, it does cleanse the palate when you had too much salty food. I also refrained to post the bowl of slightly dry rice that comes with the set meal, but you get the picture. Not a wowing side dish, but standard fare.
The main difference between the set meals are the main entree. This is the tenderloin that is sold for 220 NT for the set meal. You get this entree all the above mentioned sides and pourly conconcted fountain drinks for under 8 dollars USD. The bits of meat were tender and seasoned with that crack-like black pepper sauce they use to season all their other red meats. It's a bit garlicky, a bit spicy, the flavors of the onion are suffused in the sauce, and the dominating flavors are the thick slighty sugary soy sauciness. The meat meat didn't have much bite to it though. I am sure the quality of the meat might be under question, but they do a good job of covering all the evidence of bad meat with a layer upon layer of seasoning.
There are plenty of places to get this type of Teppanyaki, but this place is just a little cheaper than places like Karen, but good enough to feel secure about its sanitation and food freshness. If you happen to need a cheap teppanyaki fix, you should give Red Forest a try. Also, it's open late, so if you are craving Teppanyaki at 1:30 in the morning, you might have no choice but to patronize Red Forest.