Formosa sports a very large dining area and on our Saturday visit was mostly unpopulated with maybe 3 or 4 other tables occupied. I have read they feature Japanese style private tatami rooms. We were never offered or even told about this on arrival so I cannot comment. If you have a nice quirky feature like this wouldn't you advertise it to each new customer? Oh well. We were seated promptly with menus but it did take some time for the waiter to take our order. Two servers were working the floor for at most 12-15 people, so it was a little worrying. The large dining room and lack of diners made for an uncomfortable experience. The menu was standard for a budget chinese eaterie. The highlights of which being the low prices. I opted for spring rolls to start. Going against my own advice of sticking to the basics when going somewhere new I ordered the whole duck for main.. The s.rolls were basic fare and a little cold in the middle. Quite dissapointing. The duck is a story of its own. In the past I have only ever had duck served with pancakes, hoisin sauce and vegetables. The Formose duck was a mite different. To be fair this was my own naivety expecting their dish to be much like I had in the past. What I got was a whole duck. Baked, torn into pieces. That was it. no sauce, no vegetables, no rice, nothing. Just a big plate o' duck. Always one to try something new, I dug in. The duck was excessively overcooked.. Dry tasteless and very little meat to discern. Our co-diners mainly comprised elderly couples sharing a plate of chow mein, I guess they don't get much call for the duck. My waiter seemed almost upset when he took the plate away that I hadnt eaten more. Paying for the bill took almost as long as eating the meal. Our server also doubling up as cashier on the way out. When 5-10 people came in as we were leaving chaos ensued. I would hate to see what happens if this place really fills up.
Love this place!.
We were new to the area and just stumbled upon Formosa. It is now our favorite place. The prices are super reasonable. The food is absolutely wonderful. We love their pan fried pot stickers along with everything else on the menu. Everything seems so fresh and the flavors of everything are above expectation. This place is great for take-out as well, but if you dine in it's nice to know that they serve beer too!!
They didnt serve Japanese food anymore. The staff were really cool though and the food seemed to be a good price. I recommend this for people who want cheap Chinese food... However if you want sake dont be fooled by this article.. they USE to do Japanese.
My husband and I live in California. Every time we visit SLC, the first place my kids want to go is the Formosa Grill. Their hot & sour soup is to die for. This restaurant truly offers the freshest and most flavorful food around.
I love the food. I love the prices! I love the tatami rooms. Can be as fun or as romantic as you want. Excellent service! Makes a wonderful and unique date. Make sure you get a room! Only wish: more parking.
For when the family craves large portions of traditional Asian food cooked to perfection.. The Scene A quiet, homey place, Formosa Grill offers traditional seating at tables and chairs or in private, Japanese-style tatami rooms. The gracious staff will encourage you to stay as long as you like.
The Food The menu of more than 100 items features a number of reasonably priced ($6.95-7.75) combination dinners (daily soup or salad, fried wonton, fried shrimp, ham-fried rice, and a choice of 20 entrees). All your traditional favorites, including teriyaki and tempura, are available. The moo shu dishes--chicken, beef, pork, or vegetable--arrive on a heaping platter accompanied by plum sauce and wraps. Don't let the Szechwan entrees fool you; they are not for the faint-hearted. The light, flaky tempura batter is among the best in the city, perfect on vegetables, seafood, and fish.