Retski's Kitchen Dacha
204-3, DongLan Rd (Provincial Rt. 3), Dongshi Dist
(100m up lane at 152-km. marker)
Hours: 11 am-8 pm (closed Mon.)
English menu, parking lot and Wi-Fi available.
10% service charge.
Belarusian/Taiwanese couple Valery and Angel have replaced their ChongDe Road branch with this picturesque restaurant retreat in the foothills near Miaoli county. Resembling a Russian-style country "dacha" (cottage), it sits on an almost 10,000-square-meter hillside plot and offers 150 seats inside and at balcony and covered-area tables outside. New additions like pizza and hot pot set meals join Russian and western favorites like Kotleta Meat Balls and grilled steaks. Just before Rt. 3 descends to Miaoli's Zhuolan township, turn right into Retski's lane at the 152-km. marker and traffic light at the crest of the hill. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by S. Ying
A. All ages enjoy the sprawling, landscaped grounds with trees, swings, playground sets, a fishpond, kids' wading pool, rabbits, and sandbox.
B. Valery and his handmade, wooden Russian-style decor.
C. All-day appetizers include Russian street-food staple Chiburekki (NT$220), a deep-fried turnover stuffed with beef, pork onions and soup; and Zakuska (NT$350), a mixed platter of Russian favorites, from salted herring to deviled eggs, served with two vodka shots.