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very classy An Lan Restaurant is housed in a building full
of culture and art, not to mention old-world elegance and
tranquility. Built in 1999, this structure faces the Chingkuo
Boulevard green belt. Its fine granite exterior exudes
vigor while its interior design is a combination of Chinese
and Western styles, as scrolls and antiques are matched
with Western-style dining tables, glasses and plates. Every
piece has its own unique design. The owners, Mr. and Mrs.
Lo Hsiang An and Wu Chun Lan, named this shop after the
last parts of their names, making it "An Lan Ju".
entering, your eyes may be drawn to the famous phrases
hanging on the wall: "Anger should not go beyond truth", "Wealth
must not ignore conscience", "Lust should not
harm health", "Wine must not curse fellow guests".
In addition to helping create a peaceful dining setting,
these sayings help explain the restaurant's successful
Chinese management ideals.
Ju's delightful combination of Chinese food in a Western
setting further benefits from the restaurant's continual
search for improvements in how to make various types of
seasonally-changing, healthy and nutritious cuisine. Thus,
if a dish is not listed on the menu, you can ask a waiter
to introduce it at any time.
lunch combos cost NT$580, with dinners costing NT$780.
Both include seafood/sea cucumber stew, assorted cold dishes,
seafood, beef, lamb, chicken and other items. There are
a variety of plentiful options here. Chef Huang Jung Chia
notes, "It must be light and delicious. Less oil and
salt can also show the freshness and flavor of the food."
specialty is Roast Shark Fin (NT$1,200), derived from over
10 kinds of ingredients and stewed for several hours. It
is recommended that first you savor the natural flavors
of the soup before enjoying the shark fin. Adding balsamic
vinegar or bean sprouts is not recommended. Genuine ingredients
can only be fully enjoyed through the original broth and
its natural flavors. Deluxe Abalone in Natural Soup is
cooked with a whole abalone and stewed with several ingredients
for hours. It is chewy, but tender, and starts from NT$1,200.
combo is now being promoted for NT$1,680 and includes roast
small shark fin, deluxe abalone chunks, garlic lobster,
the chef's seafood, stone-roasted lamb or beef (optional),
and desserts. Only a limited number of these combos are
offered, so make reservations before coming. New Year dishes
can be ordered in advance for take-out and delivery service
can also be arranged.
is the food satisfying here, but the surrounding trees
and greenery in the garden also helps make people feel
happy and relaxed, further evidence that a satisifying
dining experience at An Lan Restaurant goes much further
than good food.