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FUN MAGAZINE, November, 2005.
MAO RESTAURANT INC.
16, Alley 5, Lane 130, MinSheng East Road, Sec.
Hours: Restaurant 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Tapas Bar 5:30 pm-11 pm
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
YOUR RATING & REVIEW | VIEW VISITORS RATINGS &
--By Shanzi Chen, translated by Cara
Amidst the bustle, banks and restaurants
of MinSheng East Road's section 3 is a new spot grounded
in duality: two owners, two spaces, two cuisines and
two kinds of atmospheres. By day, it is a restaurant
but, by night, a tapas bar. At lunch, the restaurant
is a large, open space offering set meals with a choice
of Japanese-style rice or Italian pasta for NT$180 to
NT$220 and light sandwich meals for NT$160. The two
set meals are the mating of two cultures, with the Japan-meets-Italy
creation of Inkfish Fried Rice and Italian pasta paired
with fish eggs to create the Japanese Type Pasta dish.
The mixed flavours are interestingly delicious. For
the evening transformation into a tapas bar, the shutters
come down and the wooden blinds go up, creating both
an open area and a more private area. Lighter fare and
high-quality Japanese sake make their appearance. In
all, there are over 60 kinds of drinks, salads, tapas,
fried foods, oden and BBQ dishes for customers to mix
and match. The quality is excellent, yet reasonably
priced. This is a good spot for lunch or an evening
with a friend...or two.