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By Graham Norris / Translated
by Sam Chien
Given it's Australian name, you might
guess that ostrich steaks are on the menu, that pictures
of wallabies hang on the walls and that Kylie Minogue tunes
play in the background at G'day. In fact, it's anything
but Australian. The décor is from Orchid Island, the music
is from California and the food is from all over the place.
fare start with breakfast: American style Pancakes with
Eggs or Bacon (NT$220) and Denver Omeletes (NT$190). Or,
British style with Eggs, Toast, Sausage and Bacon (NT$180).
There's Vegetarian Omeletes (NT$180) for vegetarians, and
bottomless cups of coffee (NT$50) that you refill so you
don't have to nag the staff. The same holds true for tea.
Sloppy Joe's and Jumbo Cheeseburgers (NT$90 - NT$220), rarely
found in Taiwan, are served along with Chinese dishes -
Fried Rice, Szechuan or Curry Chicken and Beef and Peppers
(all for NT$140). Mexican meals feature Chimichangaas, Fajitas,
Burritos or Enchiladas (reasonably priced around NT$200).
Italian food includes lasagna (the servings are generous!)
and spaghetti with a wide range of sauces. For more substantial
appetites, try the Steak Dinner or Fried Chicken (approximately
NT$300). Salads, nachos, wings and soups of the day accompany
and a carved-out kayak on the wall signal that Barbara Chang,
the owner who's almost always around serving and chatting
with customers, is from Orchid Island. With this eclectic
mix, you may wonder why the Australian name? Chang once
spotted a magnet on a friend's fridge that said, "G'day".
It seemed a welcoming phrase and was applied when the restaurant
opened in 1992.
G'day is definitely
a welcome place. You'll easily spend longer than planned
relaxing over coffee or reading from the supply of newspapers
and books on hand. While the music, pumped in from the US
via cable, may not suit everyone, it adds to the casual
air. The staff is friendly and the food comes quickly. Best
of all, you can order lunch or breakfast after 2pm when
most other places have shut down. Smoking is allowed. Daily
specials are listed on the blackboard outside. It's a great
place to chill out, especially if you're not sure what kind
of food you're after.