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FUN MAGAZINE, April, 2005.
XinSen N. Rd., Sec 1
Hours: 5:30 pm-12 am
last order: 11:30 pm
Credit cards accepted.
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--By Brian Asmus & Tracy Perkins
& Josie Wu Translated by Michael Ho& Ann Li
Taipei's long-reigning German restaurant, Zum Fass,
is located in an alley that is choc-a-bloc with local
eateries long popular with Japanese tourists and residents.
Tables in this cozy, Bavarian kellar restaurant-all
stone walls and stained wood-are usually fully booked
with diners happily chowing down on German sausages,
pork knuckle and finely prepared fish. While the decor
is a bit dated and the furnishings a bit worn, this
merely adds to the cozy, lived-in feel that makes Zum
Fass so inviting. I opted for Pickled Herring (NT$200)
followed by Salmon with Lemon-Butter Sauce (NT$460).
To accompany this, I decided to go with the house wine-a
German white (NT$170 per glass). Lightly toasted brown
bread with parsley and butter quickly appeared, followed
a few minutes later by the pickled herring, accompanied
by a robust German potato salad. The pickling was southern
German-sweeter than northern German cuisine. The salmon
was tantalizingly moist, the sauce offering a nice balance
between buttery creamy richness and lemon acidity. Zum
Fass is an ideal choice for cozy dinners when you are
in the mood for casual congeniality.