Le Mout Restaurant
59, CunZhong (TsuenJung) St
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm,
6-10 pm (closed Mon/Tue)
Reservations required. Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Beyond a doubt one of the most sophisticated, high-end restaurants ever to grace Taichung, Le Mout is all about the absolute finest in French dining experiences. Its beautiful, four-floor mansion-like building, purpose-built on the corner of CunZhong and HuaMei streets, is really there to showcase the exquisite creations of Chef Chen Lan-shu, certainly one of Taiwan's most qualifed chefs. She spent four years studying cuisine at France's ESCF-Ferrandi (graduating top of her class there) and Le Cordon Bleu, before working at California's The French Laundry (among the world's top three Michelin three-star restaurants), and the Michelin two-star Le Ambassduers (Hotel du Crillon) and Relais d'Auteuil restaurants. Her cuisine spices traditional French cooking with detailed, creative touches and feminine-leaning styles. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Ann Lee
A. The American Prime Filet with French Goose Foie Gras Poele, Sauteed Chanterelles and Green Peppercorn Sauce is one example of Chef Chen's main courses. Lunch sets (NT$1,500-1,800) offer a choice of two main courses, while eight-course dinner sets start at NT$2,500. A vegetarian lunch or dinner set is NT$1,800. The menus are changed every week.
B. Le Mout's luxurious interior decor features plenty of gold, tan and brown colors, together with white vaulted ceilings and chandeliers. Imposing doors lead from the first-floor reception area to a 1,800-bottle capacity wine cellar (most French labels), while the main dining area is on the second floor. Private dinners, cocktail parties and other events can be held in the third-floor VIP area, seating up to 30--for a minimum NT$30,000 bill at lunch and NT$60,000 at dinner.