2946 S Norfolk St
San Mateo, CA 94403
I have been wanting to try TW Village Bistro for a very long time. Ever since it opened in March. I always love a good bowl of Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup. You can see my homemade Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup here. I had very high expectations of this restaurant because of their earlier reviews and what my friends have said about this place. My Taiwanese friend actually came here opening week to try it out and he called me right away to tell me about their Beef Noodle Soup. He said it was pretty decent but nothing spectacular. Nonetheless, he said I should give it a try since he knew how much I love noodles.
So during a rainy day, I decided a hot bowl of Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup would be the perfect meal. When we arrived, there was plenty of seating. It was storming in the Bay Area so I was guessing everyone stayed home. The service was good. I was seated right away and was served tea. The menu is your typical Taiwanese restaurant menu. It had all the Taiwanese favorites: noodles, rice plates, cold dishes and the typical appetizers.
My fiance and I decided to order Beef Noodle Soup, Minced Pork with egg over Rice, Spicy Chili Wontons and their famous Beef Wrap. Overall, the food was OK. I definitely had better Taiwanese food but their Beef Wrap was what stood out to us. If you do decide to come here, I suggest you get the Beef Wrap. It’s basically beef and radish wrapped in a green onion pancake. The flavors of the pancake and pickled radish make for a great tasting appetizer.
The beef noodle soup was just average. It wasn’t savory like how it should be. If you ever had a good bowl of Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup, you would know that the broth is very savory with a lot of flavors from the beef broth and other herbs they add in it. This wasn’t anything like that. Even though there was the taste of beef in the soup, it tasted watered down. The beef in the soup was a little on the dry side but the tendon was good. The best part of the noodle soup were the noodles. I ordered the thick noodles (you have the option of thick or thin noodles) and it was chewy and not overcooked.
The wonton with chili oil was good as well but the minced pork over rice was average. Overall, I would rate this place a 7/10. Just your average Taiwanese restaurant. Since it’s kinda far from where I live, I probably won’t be coming back anytime soon unless I’m in the area again. If you are a foodie and like Taiwanese food, I would say just come here to try. Maybe I came here on a bad day for their beef noodle soup.
Be sure to comment and let me know what you think if you ever try or have tried TW Village Bistro!