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Chinese, "Tomatina" means red shih persimmon--in
other words, the common tomato. Inspired by the
Tomato Festival in Valencia, Spain--where people
throw red ripe tomatoes at each other in a wild,
juice-spewing frenzy--Tomatina Restaurant hopes
to convey that festive feel.
According to Imperial Inter-Continental Hotel Public Relations
manager Chiang Yi-fen, healthy Western-style cuisines are still very popular,
and to satisfy customers' fickle palates, Tomatina offers a flexible menu with
various cold-plate Tapas dishes for those seeking an authentic taste of Spain,
plus hot Tapas for those who prefer heavy flavors.
Spanish streets, small bars, known as bodegas,
are a common sight. In these establishments, small
plates of food are usually placed alongside customers'
drinks. These delicious small dishes became known
as Tapas, which means "covering" in Spanish.
Many Spaniards gather at bars after work for drinks
with friends, and to enjoy a few plates of Tapas
as appetizers before dinner, as snacks, or as a
main course. Because they are so widely available,
Tapas have become a part of Spanish culture.
Tomatina offers a variety of Spanish Tapas in small portions.
For NT$390 per person, one can enjoy a Spanish buffet with over 20 Tapas cold
dishes, soups, salad, and desserts. The a la carte hot Tapas menu features 20
dishes include Bean, Blood Pudding and Sausage Stew, Seafood Paella Skillet,
Braised Monkfish, Shitake Mushrooms, Red Wine, and Spicy Sausages al Vino with
an average price of around NT$200--perfect for get-togethers with friends.
restaurant also offers fine wines, the chef recommending
the fruity Sangria (NT$170). Every day between
2 pm and 7 pm, beers and Sangria are 50 percent