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9, Lane 141, Anho Road, Sec. 1
Tel: (02) 2700-3060
Hours: 12 pm - 2:30 pm and 6 pm - 11 pm -- Sunday to Saturday
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Salsa Bistro, vivid
Ali Lai, native of Chile and graduate of the Culinary Institute
of America, has found his niche. He hoped that Salsa Bistro
would attract a following since there are few places in Taipei
that serve authentic South American foods. He has not been
disappointed. Customers, mostly expatriates, make a regular
pilgrimage to the restaurant to feast on South American delights.
Each dish is a feast for the senses in presentation and taste.
began my voyage with Sopaipilla (NT$80). The crust was
flaky and golden with a hint of sweetness and a liberal
dash of salsa. An appetizer of Prawns (NT$320) sautéed
to crispy perfection and seasoned with herbs and garlic,
further titillated the taste buds. My friend and I shared
the Seviche, fresh swordfish steak spiked with a lemon
and tomato sauce. It was served on a raised chaffing platter,
well above the heat, so it was moist and tender and flavorful.
We sighed in gastronomical delight with each bite.
salads are typically served with the entrée. A classic tomato
salad (NT$200) compliments all main dishes at Salsa Bistro,
like Pastel de Choclo (NT$300), an intricate blend of chicken,
beef, olives, hard boiled eggs and raisins in a corn flour
crust, Pollo Asado (NT$500), marinated chicken with roasted
bananas, or Grilled Lamb Chops (NT$580), remarkably alluring
in its simplicity.
also distributor of Chilean wine and provides a comprehensive
selection of fine wine. Tarpaca Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon,
and Merlot 1999 (NT$1,399/bottle) are fruity elixirs that
enhanced our trip to the Bistro immensely. I am not particularly
fond of white wines, but my experiences with Tarpaca Varietal
and Sauvignon Blanc 2001 (NT$1,000/bottle) have made me a
believer. To me, their flavor is delicate like the dew on
freshly cut grass.
Sincere thanks to my American friend, Ian
Lea, for introducing me to Salsa Bistro. I am proud that Taipei
is home to this magnificent restaurant.