Amici Restaurant & Bar
160, DongXing Rd, Sec 3
Hours: 6 pm-4 am
Credit cards accepted.
This swanky-looking nightspot (sister to popular Amici Italian Cuisine restaurant) opened recently after the owners decided to create a place that was equally suitable for grabbing dinner any time of the night, lounging with friends over drinks, or enjoying a DJ party (see Nightlife "What's On" listings for events/specials). The 60-seat interior includes a cozy balcony with sofa areas that can be reserved, to be joined by a third-floor exhibition/special functions room in two or three months. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Andy Tsao
A. The new Amici's spacious-yet-intimate-feeling interior exudes an exotic oriental flair with its eclectic, soothing mix of indirect lighting, chilled-out lounge music, leather-covered tables, leopard-patterned stools, metal-framed ceiling mirrors, thick curtains, and long wall sofas, covered with all manner of cushions. The open area around the bar is specially used for parties and features a DJ booth, topped by a huge TV usually broadcasting fashion shows and videos.
B. Canadian-Taiwanese couple Matt and K.K. are the faces and brains behind both Amici outlets. K.K.'s specialty is the kitchen's many offerings, while Matt (a.k.a. DJ Matty D) regularly organizes popular parties, largely through his Swank Productions.
C. The savory, creamy Truffle and Smoked Salmon with rice or pasta (NT$270) is a top pick on Amici's very long menu of Italian cuisine which--to the delight of night owls--is available all night. Altogether, there are 40-plus tomato, cream, pink, pesto, curry and other sauce topping options (NT$130-280) for pasta or rice, like the popular Thai Spicy Cream Chicken, Mustard Smoked Chicken, and Mango Curry with vegetables or chicken, plus plenty of salads, soups and snacks. The long drinks list includes plenty of teas, coffees, juices and shakes, plus cocktails, whiskies, bottled beers (mostly NT$100) and on-tap Carlsberg.