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COMPASS MAGAZINE > February 2016

4 great romantic places in Taichung to pop "The Big Question"--Top of ONE, The Peoples' Cafe, BELLO Italian Restaurant, La Fete

Translated by Anna Yang

Top of ONE

(04) 2303-1234
532, YingCai Rd, 46F, Xitun Dist (Hotel ONE)
Hours: 11:30 am-10:30 pm

Sitting on the 46th floor of Hotel ONE, Top of ONE has been the scene of over a thousand successful wedding proposals since its opening. Besides the advantage of a superb view, the dining atmosphere here is also unforgettable. If you are thinking about proposing to your "significant other", you can discuss further details with the staff, which is even able to arrange fireworks for you while you ask the Big Question. Walking into the restaurant, you will see a giant transparent hot box, displaying American Prime steaks (with and without bones). Try the 28-Day USDA Prime Dry-Aged Rib Eye (boneless, NT$230 per oz.), served with grilled potatoes, mushrooms, seasonal vegetables and port wine sauce, while enjoying your time on top of Taichung.

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Medium: Steak hot box
Right: 28-Day USDA Prime Dry-Aged Rib Eye (boneless)


The Peoples' Cafe

(04) 2310-5577
1, DaRen St, West Dist
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-10 pm

The unique exterior of this restaurant mimics a European-style castle, while the interior features a black, white and red decor. For over 20 years, this establishment has offered upscale western cuisine and ambiance for surprisingly reasonable prices. Perhaps this has also helped make it famed for wedding proposals, which the owner is happy to coordinate planning for. Nightly there is also live piano music, which adds to the feeling that this is your private castle party and helps create the perfect environment for asking the "Big Question".

The signature dish here is Roasted Pig Knuckle with Mustard (set meal NT$799, with table wine, soup, appetizer, salad, dessert and drinks). The juicy, crispy roasted pig knuckles are made even more memorable with slightly spicy sauerkraut and juicy vegetables.

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Right: Roasted Pig Knuckle with Mustard


BELLO Italian Restaurant

236, ShiZheng N 2nd Rd, 26F-5, Xitun Dist
停業 Closed

Bello is situated on the 26th floor of an office high-rise in the 7th Redevelopment District, offering a variety of panoramic and romantic city views day and night, whether you're looking towards the hills or down onto the streets. Many of those asking the "Big Question" here choose do so because of Bello's low-key, yet elegant, dining ambiance, not to mention its stunning views. Recommended items on the menu include Char Gilled Rib Eye Steak with Mashed Potatoes (NT$1,049), offering juicy, tender and perfectly marbled meat, served with smooth mashed potatoes and topped with a stewed beef-bone sauce. Pair this with a bowl of Minestrone (NT$179).

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Left: A view from the restaurant.
Medium: Char Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Mashed Potatoes
Right: Minestrone


La Fete

(04) 2252-1680
587, HuiWen Rd, Nantun Dist
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30pm, 5:30-9:30 pm

La Fete has made it a goal to exceed the boundaries of traditional French cuisine, meaning that diners here can enjoy rarely-seen molecular gastronomy, for example. For many Taichung residents, this establishment's culinary creativity and service quality have made them fans. Thanks to all the seating situated near the ceiling windows, the dining atmosphere here has a very relaxing vibe, which helps make this an ideal destination for wedding proposals. Maine Lobster with Herbs Soup (NT$2,380) is made with live lobster prepared in front of you and served with sparkling wine, bread, soup, salad, veal petit couse, dessert and drinks.

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Right: Maine Lobster with Herbs Soup


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