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AMUSE FASHION RESTAURANT
71, MingYi Street
Moved to: 36, ShiFu Rd, Central Dist.
--By Douglas Habecker, translated by Chou
This classy-looking place targets a more upscale,
over-25 crowd with a combination of nice ambiance, live music,
a good bar and something to eat. The atmosphere is swanky
but not overdone, lively but not raucous, with a large oval-shaped
bar that patrons enjoy sitting at, plenty of mirrors, framed
black-and-white photos, brown leather chairs and some red
velvet sofas. There are two private booths (minimum charge
about NT$3,000) and a private room for about eight to 10.
Customers are welcome to get down on a small dance floor during
disco hours after 10:30 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays. Decent
jazz is provided by the Amuse house band nightly from 9:45
to 10:30 p.m. and is followed by live bands like The Earth
on Mondays and Tuesdays. Regular showgirl shows and the like
are also provided. Drinks include about 20 whiskies, plus
brandies, wines, champagnes, liqueurs and cocktails (NT$250-300).
Beers range from NT$150 Taiwan Beer to NT$250 for a liter
of Miller. Chinese and Western dishes and snacks include pasta
dishes (NT$180-200), fried rice dishes (NT$100-120), salads,
quesadillas, fried finger foods, and main entrees (NT$180-350),
like German Pig's Feet or the Turkish Grill. Amuse is just
around the corner from Frog 1.