FOOD AT JURASSIC RESTAURANT
It isn’t often you find great ethnic food in a
festive social environment. Jurassic
Restaurant introduces Taiwanese Chinese Food in a fun interactive setting.
Chef and owner Alex Ai has brought his thematic time period restaurants to
from his native
. After opening up a
successful prehistoric era styled restaurant in
in 1987, he began his expansion across the Pacific to
with the opening of a restaurant with American Indian décor (1997).
Opened in March of 2006, the 4500 square foot Jurassic Restaurant
in the City of
provides its customers with tasty Taiwanese comfort food in a cave-like
setting with a giant thirty foot standing T-Rex skeleton situated in the
center of the main dining area.
Upon entering the restaurant, you will cross a small
bridge over which beautiful koi swim energetically as if they felt
something exciting was about to happen.
Similar to waiting in a line queue at an amusement park in
anticipation of the ride, I waited to be seated scanning which was the
best seat in the restaurant to view the various prehistoric creatures.
After being seated facing the T-Rex with a pterodactyl overhead, I anxiously waited for the
evening to begin.
We started the evening with the light sizzling pepper
and mushroom sauce beef dish. The
Jurassic special hot and spicy pot of soup was the perfect follow-up dish
which warmed our stomachs on cool Saturday evening.
Our eloquent host for the evening not only provided
culinary narrative on half a dozen dishes, but on the history and
background of the two year old restaurant. My personal favorite, the
Tilapia fish with Soy Bean Paste (Tofu) was not only the most colorful
dish with the sweet sauce’s beautiful orange and red hues, but the one I
had three servings of. The
pepper fried squid complemented the native beer of
(called “Taiwan Beer) I was trying.
Finally, the three flavored squid and chicken dish using basil
mixed seafood and poultry adequately without affecting each others
Jurassic Restaurant serves very large portions and is
opened six days a week, closed on Mondays.
The clientele on the Saturday night I was there consisted of a nice
mix of families and friends just getting together. There are private
dining areas situated in the upper levels which can be reserved for
private events and parties. While 80’s music can be heard in the
background, the diner’s visual experience also includes a number of
large flat screen TV’s showing typical sports-bar broadcasts.
Jurassic Restaurant is not a place for serious quiet cerebral
conversation, but rather a fun exciting place for great Taiwanese food
celebrating life with friends and family.
15301 Gale Ave.
City of Industry
for Two: $30-$40 w/o wine
(Dinner Only): 6:00 PM- 1:00 AM (Tue-Thu, Sun)
6:00 PM- 1:30 AM (Fri, Sat)