brings New Orleans seafood to Taichung
By Douglas Habecker
Translated by Anna Yang
83-10, AnHe Rd, Xitun Dist
(04) 2358-5372, 0912-331-139
Hours: weekdays 6-11 pm, Sat/Sun 11:30 am-2 pm, 6 pm-12 am
No 10% service charge for reservations.
Credit cards accepted.
Driving south on AnHe Road for about a kilometer from Taiwan Boulevard brings you to the incongruous sight of this sizable American-looking seafood restaurant, surrounded by car repair shops and other nondescript local businesses. Perhaps this setting helps underline the unique experience that Amazing Amy Seafood House brings to Taichung diners.
The restaurant's youthful namesake, Amy Chang, was inspired to open this place during four years studying business at Arizona State University. She greatly enjoyed the Louisiana/New Orleans style seafood eateries popular across America--places where utensils are optional as one's hands are used to rip apart and savor all manner of crustaceans and shellfish, dipped into a variety of often-spicy sauces. After learning about this cooking with American friends, she opened in Taichung about six months ago.
Amy notes this isn't a place for individual dining. In fact, the bigger the crowd, the better, with the 80-seat, two-floor restaurant attracting a steady stream of families, parties, business dinners and other gatherings. The menu starts with two-person "A", four-person "M" and 6-8-person "Z" Combo meals, respectively NT$680, NT$1,280 and NT$2,500. These include appetizers like salad, bread, soup and fries, main-meal choices like White Shrimp (10 pieces), Japanese Scallops (12-15 pcs.) or imported Stone Crabs, plus sides of veggies and smoked sausages.
For a big step up, the Golden Combo upgrades (respectively costing NT$2,000, NT$3,800 and NT$6,600) add Boston Lobsters, at least 600 grams each and imported live from America. Because of this, Amy recommends booking these combos a day in advance. All combos include three sauce choices, including the Cajun-style Amazing Amy Special; Southeast Asian-style curry-flavored Crocodile Special; and American-style Lemon Pepper. Diners also dictate their level of spiciness, from "original" and "mild" to "super hot".
If you're still hungry after all this, you can top off with a la carte orders of seafood, appetizers, fried finger foods and veggies. Soft drinks and beers are also available. And, when you're finally sated, a sink and soap are conveniently located just outside the door to wash all those savory juices, sauces and oils--leftovers of a decadent American-style seafood feast--from your fingers.