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Middle Eastern Restaurants in Taipei?

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Re: Middle Eastern Restaurants in Taipei?

Postby ImaniOU » 08 Jun 2009, 19:23

I have a slight emergency. I was planning to take my 4th graders to Mykonos as an end-of-the-year event after having studied Ancient Greece. I did it with another class 1.5 years ago, hoping to start a tradition, and it was really popular with the kids and their families, but I just got off the phone with the owner a few minutes ago who informed me that yes, they were officially closed for good.

I am looking for a Middle Eastern restaurant that could accomodate about 14-20 well-behaved 4th graders (meaning large enough and appropriate enough environment that won't have their parents screaming at my boss...i.e. Persian Heaven, with its belly dancers, is probably out). I have two weeks to move the venue. Can anyone make any recommendations?
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Re: Middle Eastern Restaurants in Taipei?

Postby sandman » 08 Jun 2009, 19:36

I'm sure they'd hold off the belly dancers for a big enough party if you asked them.
I'm also sure they wouldn't phase the parents -- its the latest thing for ... erm ... ladies of a certain age. I'm always seeing gaggles of obasans in the park dressed up with their bits hanging out and rigidly stern expressions on their faces as they do their moves.
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Re: Middle Eastern Restaurants in Taipei?

Postby ImaniOU » 11 Jun 2009, 19:41

One of my coworkers recommended Greek Go! on Shi-Da Rd. to me. I went there with a few friends last night and I liked it. It's no Mykonos, but it's still delicious. I also got recommendations for a Turkish restaurant on An-He called Truva, if you are looking for places to go. It was a bit too posh looking for my kids, but the person who recommended it had high praise for it.
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Re: Middle Eastern Restaurants in Taipei?

Postby elektronisk » 11 Jun 2009, 20:38

ImaniOU wrote:I also got recommendations for a Turkish restaurant on An-He called Truva, if you are looking for places to go. It was a bit too posh looking for my kids, but the person who recommended it had high praise for it.


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Re: Middle Eastern Restaurants in Taipei?

Postby Fortigurn » 12 Jun 2009, 11:42

ImaniOU wrote:One of my coworkers recommended Greek Go! on Shi-Da Rd. to me. I went there with a few friends last night and I liked it. It's no Mykonos, but it's still delicious. I also got recommendations for a Turkish restaurant on An-He called Truva, if you are looking for places to go. It was a bit too posh looking for my kids, but the person who recommended it had high praise for it.


I would say Truva is certainly too posh for kids, but it's very pleasant for a quiet and special night out. My wife and I have been there several times, either by ourselves or with friends, and I would recommend it heartily. Excellent food, and the service is always great.
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Re: Middle Eastern Restaurants in Taipei?

Postby ImaniOU » 26 Jul 2010, 18:17

I just saw this thread and forgot to update how dinner at Greek Go! went with the kids.

The owners of Greek Go! let me borrow a copy of their menus (the one with the food and the set dinner options). I made copies for the kids who were in teams of 3-4 kids (groups of three had one adult chaperone) and they worked together to decide on their meal (I think we went with option C - two smaller dishes and two big dishes plus drinks, soup, and individual desserts for four for about $300 per student). I knew that we had a large group (with a limited amount of time before they needed to go home to do homework and get ready for bed) so we preordered the food about a week before our reservation.
The kids felt grown up making decisions about their meals cooperatively, and it made me proud how one group even made sure one child who had a restrictive diet was able to enjoy the meal by asking him which foods he couldn't eat and then deciding on their choices by those that were okay for him. They made comments on how the food had ingredients that they had just learned about in their studies of the time period and they were willing to try some of the new dishes.

I was teaching two classes of the same level (one from 1:30 to 4:30 and the second group from 4:30 to 6:30). We decided to leave at 6:40 with a 7pm arrival, me already having done the route from the school to the restaurant to make sure the timing was right. Four of the earlier class's students would meet us there and the other eight hung out in the classroom to do their Chinese homework while I taught the later group. As I said, I train my students to be well-behaved and autonomous in class.

At 6:40pm, the Chinese teachers who were helping to supervise the trip joined me with the 20 kids I had in tow to take the kids to the bus stop near the school (all the parents agreed to let their kids go after they had read my plan, letter explaining the connection to our Ancient Greece unit, and my promise to give the kids a space to finish their homework in. 100% attendance... :discodance: )

We got to the restaurant a little late, about 6 minutes. They had reserved almost the entire upstairs for our party of 27.

But nothing was ready. About 15 minutes after we arrived, they started bringing out the soup, but only half the kids got served. Some of the dishes started arriving about 20 minutes after that, while some groups had nothing but a glass of water. Fortunately, the kids already knew the expected behavior so while still being kids, goofing off for pictures, they mostly stayed at their tables talking to each other in English (and reminding the Chinese teachers to also speak English :roll: ) or got up to see what others were eating. Most of the dishes finally arrived after about an hour.

Keep in mind, I did let them know days in advance of when we'd be coming and of what the kids had chosen for their meals and that we were going to be pressed for time, but it seemed that they didn't even start preparing the food until after we had arrived. By the time their desserts came, parents had arrived to pick their children up and had been waiting for a while.

Everyone did enjoy the food, and to make up for their error, the owners gave me a lot of coupons for future meals. I gave them to the kids the next class so they could share them with their families (with plenty left over for me to keep too).

I will go there for Greek food. The meals are pretty decent and at a fair price and they did take on quite a task feeding 24 preteens and their teachers. I highly recommend Greek Go! if you're looking for Greek food.
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Middle Eastern Restaurants in Taipei?

Postby Josefus » 26 Jul 2010, 19:26

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Re: Middle Eastern Restaurants in Taipei?

Postby Jack Burton » 26 Jul 2010, 21:32

word on the street is.. Persian Heaven might not be a bad choice; good beer selection.
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Re: Middle Eastern Restaurants in Taipei?

Postby Dr. McCoy » 31 Jul 2010, 18:35

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/ar ... 2003479170
Persian Heaven had a fairly positive review in the Taipei Times.
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Re: Middle Eastern Restaurants in Taipei?

Postby ImaniOU » 03 Aug 2010, 04:41

Every restaurant gets a good review in the Taipei Times. It's good business practice to praise the people signing checks to you.
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