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TAIPEI DINING FEATURE
TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, December 2002

Grandma Nitty's Kitchen

8, Shr Da Road, Lane 93
(02) 2369-9751
Hours: 9am - 11pm; daily

 

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by Hon-Lin Lin / translated by Heidi Yong

       Back in the old days when Grandma Nitty operated out of an obscure shop front, I was a regular. They served fancy French dishes - a la Julia Child - that were the rage in America at the time. I was hooked! In fact, when I finally made it stateside I felt right at home with the food. Nicoise salad, field greens with balsamic vinaigrette, rosemary chicken, smoked salmon in creamy dill sauce and spinach linguini were the continental classics that I had come to know and love, and that were designated favorites in kitchens across the U.S.

       Today, Grandma Nitty's Kitchen has come a long way. "Old standbys" are still available, but Mexican, Italian, Greek, Spanish, British, Thai and Cajun dishes, all popular in America today, are added to the menu. And because items are changed regularly, I’m never bored. It's no wonder that the restaurant is a popular hangout with expatriates - it offers them a taste of "home".

       The Tex-Mex Fajitas (NT$250), a personal favorite, brings the California coast to mind. Tequila Fried Chicken Linguini (NT$350), also served with seafood, is another delight. A tender batter fried sea bass fillet is key to the English Fish & Chips, and the Sweet & Sour Chicken with Honey Marinade (NT$350) is an Asian flavored hit. Italian-style Pork Chops with Basil and Grilled Tomato (NT$400) or the Greek Omelet with Feta Cheese (NT$250) are excellent as well. Add to the list an all-day American breakfast (until 7pm during the week; 5pm on weekends) and you're sure to find something.

       Grandma Nitty's reminds me of restaurants I frequented on road trips in the U.S. Those were the days - footloose and fancy free with good food to be found all around. And, thanks to Grandma Nitty's, those memories are rekindled in Taipei!

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