La Pala Vinoteca
1, ShiZheng N 1st Rd, 3F, Xitun Dist.
Hours: 6 pm-2 am
English menu available.
Basement parking lot.
minimum bill at bar.
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
This intimate-feeling, upscale European-style wine bar offers 16 tapas appetizers, French oysters, salads and other light meals to go with a rotating selection of about 20 red/white/rose house wines (NT$980/bottle), 20-plus champagnes (NT$2,880-10,800), cocktails (NT$280-480), Krombacher draft beer and other spirits. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Chen Deh-I
A. The Oyster Set (NT$850) provides a taste of La Pala's top offerings, including one French Gillardeau No. 2 oyster, a glass of the house Deveax champagne, a glass of the house red, and four tapas samplers--pictured here, Fried Onigiri with Red King Crab & Cheese; Octopus with Kiwi Sauce; Smoked Duck Breast; and two types of Bruschetta (one with pate mousse).
B. Chef's daily specials entrees include items like the Pan-Fried Cherry Duck Breast with Truffle Risotto (NT$400).
C. Customers can enjoy their food and drinks at the large, triangular bar, topped with heavy wood and lined with stainless-steel stools. There are also three sofa areas (with minimum charge).