Coconut Thai Food & Bar
1, ShiZheng N 1st Rd, 2F-2 (Le Free Mall)
Hours: 5:30 pm-4 am
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
Free B1 parking lot.
Minimum NT$300/person charge.
This very swanky restaurant/lounge bar is located on the second floor of the Mediterranean-style Le Free mall along WenXin Road's Section 2. Before 10 p.m., patrons can enjoy a full Thai menu, starting with popular appetizers and salads like the Shrimp Pancake (NT$200), Thai Green Papaya Salad (NT$180) and beef and seafood salads. Main entrees include items like Thai-style beef or chicken satay (NT$180), Steamed Sea Bass in Lemon Sauce (NT$300), "Tom Yom Kum" Spicy & Sour Shrimp Soup (NT$280) and various fried rice and fried noodle dishes. From 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., there is still a respectable food selection, including some Thai items and Angus Fillet Steak with Red Wine (NT$450). The evening lounge ambiance is complemented by a big liquor menu, including NT$200 bottled beers and NT$300 Erdinger on tap; various wines; high-end champagnes and spirits; and over 15 single malt Scotch whiskies. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Naomi Lai
A. Coconut's hip Southeast Asian vibe strikes you as soon as you walk in, with Thai decor and colors mixing with a chic lighting and design, including the turquoise and red lit bar area.
B. Bartender Stanly Hsiang offers eight specialty house cocktails, including South Eastern Bay (pictured, left), a mix of Meyer's Original Dark Rum, Bacardi's light rum, fresh pineapple, raspberry and cranberry, finished off with a dash of honey. The Rose Martini (pictured, right) is made with Hendrick's Gin, Monin Rose Syrup and lemon juice, with a spritz of hand-mixed rose water.
C. The attractive, 60-seat interior features an eclectic variety of orange, red, purple, white and other chairs and sofas, arranged around antique-style tables from China.