161, BoGuan Rd, West Dist
Hours: Tue-Sun 6 pm-12 am (kitchen closes 11 pm),
Fri-Sat 6 pm-2 am
(kitchen closes 1 am), closed Mon.
No service charge.
Dining and drinks are available until late at this cozy bar and restaurant, serving "Japanese-French fusion cuisine with an Italian twist", according to chef Hiro Chen and his business partner Jed Domigpe, who handles desserts. The menu is an interesting mix, including traditional French dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon (NT$450), creative Italian inventions like a vegetarian Grape Risotto and a Curry Lasagna (NT$360), and Japanese-inspired dishes like Soba Salad (NT$200), Beef Tataki (NT$450). Pork Miso (pictured top, NT$420), featuring miso-marinated pork chops served with rice-like orzo pasta cooked in a soy sauce-based broth. A number of appetizers and sides--like Oyster Shots, Seafood Rice Ball (NT$260), Cheese Plate, and Croquette (pictured, NT$180), filled with a creamy half-done egg and mashed potatoes--go great with a quality selection of beers (NT$120-200), ciders, wines, champagne and cocktails. Customers can sit a little downstairs bar facing the open kitchen, or enjoy a nice, 26-seat table area upstairs. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Anna Yang