I had visited the Brass Monkey in Taipei several times (at least 5), both solo and with friends. So, please take my review as a fair overview of the establishment.
In brief, the major positive draws of Brass Monkey is the location, the decor and atmosphere. The establishment is located in a very convenient location in Taipei, served by major transit. The establishment is successful at creating a "sports bar", though some may find it too "gringo". The management might be attempting a "Hooters"-like place, with the success only for the reader to judge for him (or her) self.
The major negatives are the food and drink and the staff and service. Don't come expecting great, friendly service or for winning food.
On previous visits, this establishment does serve average to good food on regular nights (when the kitchen is operating). I sampled several of the items here such as the seafood pizza, and cheese sticks. All are essentially average to slightly above average. Nothing exceedingly phenomenal but also not bad.
The most recent visit was to watch a match of the London 2012 Olympics for some R&R solo. So, I arrived at approximately 12 AM, still match time of the night. It was also a Wednesday night, a "Steak Night" of the establishment.
Curiously though, the regular food menu (forget about the steak) is not available, only a short "Olympic Menu", sure, so far so good. "I could order something from the Olympic menu. Not too bad." I think to myself.
The menu consisted of the likes of spaghetti (which I ordered). Popcorn chicken with salad, fries, popcorn... finger food.
I ordered a serving of spaghetti and fries. The spaghetti, highly likely to be 100% microwave frozen spaghetti, arrived in a North American take-out style paper box, while the fries seemed to have been rescued from the leftovers.
Seriously, it was bad, but not 100% inedible. Being hungry, I still dug in.
At 410 NTD for my order though, it wasn't worth it.
By the end of the short Taekwondo match, I was asked by a member of the staff (seemingly the supervisor) if I intended on staying for another session of the Olympic games, and if I was, what precise hour. I didn't have the schedule in my head, so I could not produce an immediate answer. A bit unfriendly in my perception.
A bit of small-talk, a short self-introduction could have gone a long way, and accomplished the exact objectives. Perhaps from me too.
Maybe it was because I was solo.
Next, I got up and left.
This is a great place to go for a quick meet-up with friends. But don't come expecting to be overwhelmed by incredibly friendly staff or great food.
Would I come here again? I can only say maybe.
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