Da Pang Zi Steak House
18, DaDun 19th St
This new addition to the Fatty's/Smooth restaurant empire may look similar to its nearby sister eateries, but marks an entirely new business direction, according to Dutch owner Hendrik Frijling. Conveniently located opposite the DongXing Parking Tower, on the corner of JingMing 2nd and DaDun 19th streets, the 100-seat, two-floor Da Pang Zi's ("Big Fatty" in Chinese) menu avoids pasta or pizza entrees. Rather, according to the owner, it's designed to provide a mainstream "typical Taiwanese" steak house experience in a nice setting with medium-range prices, ranging from the NT$280 Chuck Short Ribs to the NT$620 Pacific Dory Fish Fillet and Steak combination. There are also plenty of appetizers, NT$35 refillable soft drinks, NT$130 beers and various coffees/teas. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Ann Lee
A. The New Yorker (NT$480), served on a sizzling plate with glazed onions and pasta, is one of the Da Pang Zi's 13 main-course sets and like all sets comes with a generous Chef's Salad, choice from three soups, bread and a soft drink. Other steak entrees, made with U.S. and New Zealand beef, include a NT$450 Striploin, and "Zero Steak" (NT$490)--raw beef tenderloin cubes that diners cook to their liking on a very hot plate.
B. Da Pang Zi's classy, comfortable interior resembles its sister restaurants' decor, with wooden furniture and floors and plenty of black-and-white photographs. In addition, there's a nice glass-enclosed, semi open-air seating area outside, perfect for summer evenings, people-watching and smokers.