Modern, cool and a bit nerdy, Juanita has made a reputation for itself for having fresh ingredients, generous portion sizes, and great Mexican food since its launch into the competitive restaurant market in late 2012. You see, with most Mexican places in Taipei, you usually ending up paying way too much for way too little in terms of quality or proportion. Juanita on the other hand, takes its cue from famous U.S. chains like Chipotle or Cafe Rio, making a variety of great tasting Fresh Mex for a reasonable price. If you have a hankering for some Mexican, then you’re going to want to check this place out:
Juanita is set up like a ‘Fresh Mex’, fast food style restaurant. . The food is made in an assembly line fashion, which makes it easy to customize your and visualize all of your food choices. Plus, you get to watch that tortilla in anticipation as it transforms into a beautiful burrito right before your eyes!
With neutral grey tones, red accent walls and wood paneling, the ambiance of Juanita is warm and welcoming. The staff keeps it really clean and they are very friendly, having a good chat with customers when they are busy. In the back of the restaurant, there is a small but comfortable seating area with 5 tables and seating for about 25 people. There are also 2 tables in the front if you prefer to sit by the window.
However, the most interesting aspect of the design that stood out to use was the Star Wars décor. The wall hangings resemble Andy Warhol style art with characters and objects from the Star Wars movies. And even the chairs themselves (whether intentional or not) resemble Tai Fighters, the starships of the empire.
Juanita doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the quality of their food. The menu choices are plentiful, consisting of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and burrito bowls, all of which come in your choice of chicken, steak, carnitas, barbacoa, or vegetarian. The meat is fresh and kept in savory marinade, giving it a juicy texture and zesty flavor. They have many fixings to choose from, including different kinds of salsa, which can be mixed and matched, chili sauce and for NT$40 extra, the best guacamole we’ve tasted in Taipei. The restaurant-style tortilla chips themselves are also mysteriously delicious, almost certainly made fresh (if not, wow!).
If you feel like having a drink, then you should check out their margaritas made with actual Jose Cuervo gold. They also sell Corona if you want to stick with a cerveza.
When I visited Juanita, I had a chicken burrito with all of the fixings, as well as the set which comes with chips, salsa and a drink (I went with the Margarita). The portions were large and it still only cost under NT$400. As always, adding more drinks to the menu will definitely rack up your bill, but the prices are definitely reasonable.
All in all, Juanita comes highly recommended by Taipei Trends. The food is excellent, the prices are certainly reasonable and we loved the decor. If you’re looking to go with a group, be warned that the space is limited and you will have to call ahead. Also, if you have a romantic date in-mind, then this probably isn’t the best venue. But, if you want a legit Mexican-American dining experience and some good drinks, then go now!
For more information, check out the Juanita facebook page.