Eeek!! I’ve waited for Taro Taro to open for several weeks, drooling over each new menu item on their Facebook page. The 3-day soft launch has proven very popular and the place was packed when we visited this afternoon. The restaurant is still working out operational kinks, so we had a restless 30 minute wait for our meal to arrive.
We wanted to try everything but sensibly decided on just a small sample of items: braised pork rice, fried chicken pieces, taro dessert and 2 pineapple cakes. Our snack for 2 was around $21, after the promotional 25% off dessert. Taro Taro is already famous in Taiwan and we must return to taste the drinks. I’ve got my eye on the green tea blended ice - sounds delish!
Fried Chicken Pieces ($7.50)
We eagerly tucked into the chicken pieces on the drive home. There’s an option to add chilli powder, which adds a little oomph. The chicken is like an Asian version of KFC: crunchy, fried, battered and salty. Yummy!! I will definitely order this again, but I wish the chicken was leg rather than dry breast pieces.
Pineapple Cake ($2.20 per piece)
One of my favourite snacks from Asian bakeries is pineapple cake. We were so pleased with Taro Taro’s individually-wrapped pieces because they are so sweet and filled with pineapple. No unpleasant dry mouthfuls of biscuit!
Braised Pork Rice ($6.50)
I really enjoyed the Braised Pork Rice, simple and wholesome. As a filling meal in itself for under $10, it is definitely worth the money. I ate around the egg, but finished up every morsel of meat, rice and pickles.
Unfortunately, we had to take our meal home to eat because of the unexpected wait. The Taro Ball Ice ($5.90) had completely melted under the warm food container, so no photos :( However, we still enjoyed the dessert with taro chunks, taro balls, pearl sago and honey beans. The restaurant is responding to feedback that the taro balls are too hard (that’s what he said). Overall, the staff have done an excellent job for the soft launch and I look forward to eating-in when the crowds calm down!
Likes: cheap and tasty meals, friendly staff
Dislikes: unexpected lengthy wait, melted ice dessert >.<
Value for money: reasonable
Overall: a unique addition to Perth’s food & drink offerings!
Shop 2/393 Albany Highway
Victoria Park WA
(08) 9361 0098