Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating: no
Food Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Decor: 3 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
Recommendation: Cheap late night eat, but not good.
Celestial Clay Jar is a very traditionalesque chinese restaurant that offers many slowly cooked items from their special earthen cookware. They pride themselves in being very health conscious, and so their dishes are flavored just enough, but not overly oily and heavy. The average price of a dish is 250 NT, so you will probably spend about 500 NT a person here. The service staff seemed very friendly and recommended what they thought was the most poular dishes without feeling like they are pressuring you to purchase the most expensive items. Also, the server we had was very attentive to our needs and courteous in accomodating us. This is a very interesting place to dine especially for those who might want to try a light meal that is not flavorless.
The interior is pieced together really messily with a lot of particle wood setups. They tried to make it very traditionally chinese. They even have those old style parallel wooden chairs with a table between them. The actual dining area is really small, and I think they will max out at 50 people in this restaurant. The decor is too messy and very poorly arranged and designed. Their service was not bad, but they only had 1 real "waitress" working that day. The waitress was very sincere in her recommendations and did not try to get us to purchase too much. The main draw of this place is their slow cooked food items cooked using earthen cookware.
And of course, the last dish was the complementary yams. These are not only semi-sweet, they also help you digest. It is a very healthy end to a very healthy meal.
This restaraunt is a very healthy place to eat. In my experience, that usally means that the food will be rather bland and tasteless. The food here was indeed borderline bland and tasteless. If they only used a little less salt or oil it may have been impalatable. The ingredients they use seem to be pretty fresh, but their minimal use of seasoning takes some getting used to. This place is good for those people who like a healthy meal that isn't overbearing. I thought it would be cool because they used earthen cookware, but I didn't really see hard evidence that they actually used it. This place is just a healthy choice in Chinese dining.