81, MingYi St., West Dist.
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-9:30 pm
Sun. 11 am-4 pm (closed Mon.)
English menu available.
No pets allowed
No service charge.
Diezi ("small dish" in Chinese) is owned by Korean native Mr. Kim and his wife. Kim--chef at a high-end Spanish restaurant in Seoul for 10-plus years--has himself owned three Spanish restaurants. Even a private party held by the Korean president's granddaughter hired him for catering. The open kitchen at his new Taichung venture allows diners to watch him preparing made-to-order dishes and customized meals (from NT$500). The menu includes seafood, meat entrees (NT$350-560), soups, salads, montaditos, pasta, a variety of tapas (NT$120-210) and desserts like Churros and Chocolate, and Ice Cream with Crumble (NT$90). Sangria, cocktails, beer and wines are also served. --By Uvia Chang & Javier Siles , translated by Angel Pu
A. Spanish Squid Ink Paella "Arroz Negro" (NT$360) uses Arborio rice, which absorbs water and juices better, providing a magnificent flavor.
B. Montaditos (NT$130-210) include Spanish Shrimp Montaditos, Marinated Salmon with Honey, Shrimp Fish Pintxo, and Ham Croissant with Tomato Jam. Also pictured (at back) is the signature Broiled Eggplant with Tomato Jam (NT$170) topped with Parmesan cheese.
The friendly owners say their motto is "simple is beautiful".