Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen in Taipei, and to be honest, most of them look fairly alike, making it difficult to tell the good from the bad and the great from the good.
Eat Eat Pasta is a ‘healthy’ Italian restaurant about a 10-minute walk from the Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station. Tucked away in a small lane off one of the busier streets behind the old Sogo (next to a Rabbit Rabbit burger chain), it is a fairly new joint that has menu with an emphasis on fresh vegetables and seafood, and is part owned by some local celebrity.
The layout is pretty nice — simple but chic, with an outside courtyard and a bar on the inside where they make fresh coffees and icy beverages. The menu is varied but the selection is limited — there are a couple of soups, three salads, and a handful of appetizers, pizzas and risottos, with a wider selection of pastas. They also have an afternoon tea section, which is only available between 14:30 and 17:00, and a ‘Tea Time’, which allows you to order a small cake or biscuit for NT$60 when you purchase a beverage.
The prices are not overly expensive, but perhaps slightly on the dearer side compared to some of the less authentic Italian joints scattered all over Taipei. You’re looking at around NT$90-120 for soups and salads, NT$120-160 for appetizers, and about NT$160-250 for pizzas, risottos and pastas. For three people you could easily top NT$1000.
In terms of value sets, Eat Eat Pasta offers two: the ‘A’ set, which allows you to add a soup or salad and a drink for NT$90, and the ‘B’ set, which offers a soup AND a salad and drink for NT$140. We got an ‘A’ set with a salad.
The salad was good — lots of lettuce, alfalfa, corn, tomato, corn and cucumber, topped off with a creamy yoghurty sauce.
For the mains we ordered a risotto, a pasta and a pizza.
The risotto was a tomato chicken risotto with lots of vegetables. The flavour was just right — not too strong and not too weak, with a touch of spice — but the texture of the rice was a little on the mushy side. The serving didn’t look particularly big, especially at NT$240, but it’s deceptively filling.
For the pasta we got the pesto seafood fettucine (NT$250) — it was very green and packed with vegetables, which I love, but perhaps there might have been too much cream.
As for the pizza, we also got a seafood one (NT$250), and it was quite different to what I expected. The pizza was quite small and very thin, but packed with loads and loads of cheese, covering the seafood and broccoli toppings underneath. The flavour was agreeable but the thin crust was not as crispy as I expected and the cheese made it quite heavy.
The verdict? Eat Eat Pasta is a nice place to try, especially for group meals, but it’s not the type of place I’d personally go back for repeat visits. The flavours are good but nothing extraordinary; the menu is interesting but not necessarily for everyone. And while the food is supposed to be healthier, it actually struck me as kind of heavy in cream and cheese. Accordingly, taking into account the price and location, Eat Eat Pasta probably lies somewhere in the middle in the Italian restaurant hierarchy in Taipei.
7 out of 10!
Eat Eat Pasta
Address: No. 37, Lane 31, Section 1, Da An Road, Taipei
Phone: (02) 2721-1636
Price: approx. NT$250-400 per person