You may remember the sad story behind Pi Dan Noodle House, a Taiwanese restaurant with plans to open in Uptown Oakland this summer, despite the fact that the restaurateur behind the project, Allison Chen, unexpectedly died. Her friends rallied to create an Indiegogo to keep her dream alive, until her family asked them to stop the project.
Although Pi Dan Noodle House will never open, another Taiwanese restaurant, Taiwan Bento, will open in the same space at 412 22nd Street this week. According to Inside Scoop, the lunch-only spot run by wife-husband team Stacy Tang and Willy Wang will have a limited menu of Taiwanese staples like beef noodle soup and lu rou fan, or minced braised pork, which will be served with rice, soft boiled egg, and seasonal veggies. There'll be vegetarian options, along with sides, fresh fruit smoothies, and even a housemade winter melon drink. Expect prices for meals to be in the $7-9 range
Taiwan Bento had a pre-opening party last night, and so far the feedback sounds positive. As anyone who's a fan of Taiwanese food can attest, there isn't an abundance of good places to get it, so Taiwan Bento is a welcome addition to the Uptown Oakland lunch rotation.
When I called Taiwan Bento today to get a confirmation on the opening date, I got an answering machine, but the menu, which Inside Scoop posted, states that the restaurant will open sometime this week. Stay tuned!
Image via Taiwan Bento Facebook page
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