201, WenXin Rd, Sec 2, 2F,
Xitun District; (04) 2251-8282
Hours: 11:30 am-11 pm
(5-11 pm only to July 4)
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Free parking available.
The world's largest steakhouse chain just got bigger with its first Taichung branch, directly opposite the Taichung Police Bureau headquarters. With about 800 outlets globally, the Tampa, Florida-based Outback is well-known for its Aussie-themed ambiance and cuisine, which includes a big menu of appetizers, salads, steaks, burgers, sandwiches, pastas, desserts and drinks. Many of these come with creative names, like the signature Chocolate Thunder from Down Under (NT$280), a decadent made-from-scratch tower of brownie, whipped cream, ice cream and chocolate sauce. Check monthly Compass "What's Cooking" and Nightlife "What's On" listings for Outback specials, like the current NT$120 Mojito cocktail and NT$499 Summer Surf & Turf Specials (to Aug. 31). --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Angel Pu
A. Outback's famous signature appetizer, the Bloomin' Onion (NT$290), features a big onion hand-carved and fried up so that diners can enjoy browned, crispy slivers of onion, dipped in a mayonnaise horseradish sauce.
B.A top steak choice is the Prime Rib, featuring succulent slices cut from a 12-pound ribeye loaf slow-roasted for six hours (NT$720 8-ounce to NT$990 14-ounce, dinner only). Taiwanese diners also especially love the 10-ounce well-marbled Ribeye Steak (NT$790). Other favorites include Baby Back Ribs and the very tender, juicy Bloomin' Burger (NT$290) which, like the steaks, is prepared on a high-temperature griddle. It's topped with Bloomin' Onion petals and Bloomin' Onion sauce, among other things. A newer favorite is the Alice Springs Chicken Quesadilla, served with a honey mustard dip for a sweet-and-sour finish.
C. Outback's spacious, inviting 197-seat interior is decorated in warm oranges, yellows and earth colors reminiscent of the Australian wilderness, plus various photos/images from Down Under. There's also seating at a big square bar and a private VIP room accomodating up to 70 and complete with screen, projector, microphones and karaoke for special functions.