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The Booth Restaurant

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by Jacki Rokebrand (subscribe)
A freelance writer from the country, living in Melbourne.
Published May 16th 2014
Try some Tai(wanese)
As most of us who frequent Box Hill already know, it is a mecca for all types of Asian cuisine - Cantonese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, and their lesser known cousin - Taiwanese.

Prior to my experiences at The Booth, I had a very limited idea of what Taiwanese food might consist of, but after dining at this cosy little authentic eatery, both my eyes and my tastebuds have been opened!

To be completely honest, I'm still not exactly sure how I would describe the genre of Taiwanese food to someone other than just "outstandingly delicious". The most difficult part of my evening was choosing which dishes to order, as I was dining with just my partner - and there's only so much food the two of us can eat!

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Snapping some pictures of the decor.

We decided on the following dishes eventually; first of all, rainbow beef with rice.

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Rainbow Beef & Rice

This dish was amazing, the beef was hot and crispy, with an imperceptibly thin, crunchy coating. The sauce was reminiscent of a sweet and sour, but without that artificially sweet flavour that often accompanies a sweet & sour dish. This was well-balanced, with the perfect about of tanginess to the sauce.

Second, fried pork dumplings:

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Crispy fried pork dumplings

I have no words. They were fantastic! As you can see, they had a fantastic crispy crust on the bottom where they had been pan-fried, and the part you can't see was soft and delicately steamed, like a good pan-fried dumpling should be! The pork filling was fragrant and well cooked, with some hints of spring onion and coriander. I might have to order these in bulk and eat them until I can no longer walk next time.

Thirdly, the beef wrap:

A deceptively simple name, this beef wrap is more than meets the eye. With thinly sliced soy-marinated beef slices, wrapped inside a spring onion pancake, and accompanied by a hoi sin sauce, it was full of flavour and although a little messy to eat - worth every mouthful.

I also couldn't resist a bubble cup drink, and got a strawberry snowshake. It was sweet and refreshing, like a good bubble cup should be.

Last but not least, look at this cute little tip jar! Upon closer inspection, I'm pretty sure it's handcrafted from some netted mango packaging.

The great things:
Fast service, great prices, delicious food!

The not so great:
Not much to mention, the atmosphere is pretty typical of your usual Box Hill style restaurant, so as long as that's not an issue for you (e.g: slightly abrupt wait staff, somewhat cramped tables) then you'll be fine!

10 words or less: Authentic, fresh and tasty Taiwanese. Go now!

Overall rating: 9/10

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Why? Fresh, fast and authentic Taiwanese.
When: Closed Mondays, Open 11.30am-11.30pm Tues-Sat, and 11.30am-10.30pm Sunday
Phone: (03) 9899 7666
Where: 612 Station St, Box Hill VIC 3128
Cost: Average of $10-$15 per person
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