By Amelie Translated
by Ann Lee
483, GongYi Rd, Sec 2
Hours: 9 pm-5 am
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
Minimum charge NT$500.
As you walk in Blue Pond's door, it
is not unusual to be greeted by a crooning pianist singing
old songs in English, or to see a group of people lounging
around the open area near the music. Farther into the
lounge, customers can find secluded sofas, golden lamps
and curtains—a relaxing esnvironment for a group
of friends. Blue Pond is a bit of a piano lounge, providing
a romantic and leisurely place for guests to enjoy nightly
live performances from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The style of
music changes after midnight, from mellow to faster-paced,
and you will find the pianist interacting with the crowd.
The main crowd at Blue Pond ranges in age from about
30 to 50. You won't find deafening sound and flashy
lights here; instead, you'll get a carefree and tranquil
corner where you can let the tender sounds of the piano
take away your stress.
One exquisite dish recommended by the chef is the Peppery
Diced Beef (NT$400)-- top-notch American sirloin beef,
diced and spiced into a flavor that melts in your mouth.
The Japanese seven-Flavored Matsuzaka Pork (NT$400),
also popular amongst patrons, is slightly grilled pork
that is baked, for a crispy exterior and juicy inside,
and seasoned with their unique five-flavored seasoning.
A signature dish at Blue Pond is the Spicy Half-Island
Season Beans (NT$200). This dish has no added salt or
preservatives. Malay-Style Sauteed Cabbage (NT$200)
is cooked with XO sauce and shrimp paste, which brings
out the vegetable's sweetness. Last but not least, their
Thai Sweet and Sour Peppery Chicken (NT$350) is also
worth trying. Beverage choices include Long Island Ice
Tea (NT$250), B52s, various cocktails (NT$250) and freshly-squeezed
At Blue Pond, you will find some rarely-seen
water pipes imported from the Middle East, and available
flavors include peach, cherry, strawberry, mint and