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Published September 15th 2016
Shark Bites Toast - an unusual name for great Taiwanese food
Perhaps I've lived a sheltered life, but I'd never tried Taiwanese food before I stepped into Shark Bites Toast in East Victoria Park.
It may have an unusual name, but this franchise is widely known in Taiwan for its brand of local street food and has decided to branch out into Australia.
The restaurant itself is a bit funky, with art deco lining the walls, yet it's also family friendly. There is a small area with colourful statuesque animals, which I assumed was a kids play area, given kids were playing on said animals with no repercussions. They have colouring activities and supply highchairs for the little ones. My daughter loved having her own cute little plastic plate and cutlery to use.
Interesting little creatures in the (presumed) kids play area.
I settled on a Taiwanese Burger, or Gua Bao, and opted for the crispy chicken in barbeque sauce. Obviously I didn't read the description of a Gua Boa all that well because when it arrived I had been expecting the familiarity of the customary Western-style burger rather than a traditional Taiwanese Bao.
In the end my mistake was a blessing, as I wouldn't have tried the bao, or steamed bun, a type of soft bread. I could have easily eaten about five of them - it was light and fluffy and tasted fantastic with the crispy chicken, the star of the dish.
The crispy chicken coating was really quite pleasant. It was golden brown and the chicken lovely and tender. The barbeque sauce was slightly overpowering towards the end of the dish, but that's because I'm not a huge fan of it, but it complimented the chicken well. The chips were crispy and had a deliciously different taste to them – a little similar to the crispy chicken skin.
Shark Bites Toast offers good value and good service.
Fried chicken makes up a large component of the menu. The Sa Wut Dee Ka Fried Chicken, for example, is fried chicken with peanut butter toast, fries and seasonal fruit, which sounds like an interesting combo. You can sample Taiwanese waffles and French toast with sweet or savoury toppings (yes, including fried chicken). There's also an international twist with various flavours of gratin, including tuna, pork chop and creamy chicken.
The menu extends to a range of traditional fruit smoothies, bubble teas and some a very impressive looking range of 'cotton candy' drinks, including a latte and lemonade. It literally looks like a piece of cotton candy spurting out the top end of the drink.
I consider my first Taiwenese street food experience a success. Shark Bites Toast was sensibly priced with generous portions and they have a lunch special on every day for around $8. The staff were friendly and attentive.
If you're looking for something a little bit new or different for brunch, lunch or dinner, then you can't go past this delightful brand of Taiwanese cuisine.