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FUN MAGAZINE, January, 2006.
269, DunHua S. Road, Sec 2
Hours: 6:30 am-12 pm
(Lunch 11 am-2 pm, Dinner 5-9 pm)
MRT: between Technology Building and LiuZhangLi
Credit cards accepted. Smoking section.
10% Service charge.
YOUR RATING & REVIEW | VIEW VISITORS RATINGS &
--By Claire Tyrrell Translated by Michael
Salt and Bread has been making its name
known in Taipei for over a year now (a Russian restaurant
certainly being a rarity) and boasts a menu thankfully
more lavish than the name suggests. Not content with
just being a restaurant, the front its entrance has
a busy bakery selling a variety of breads, cakes and
Russian ice cream.
On the lunch and dinner menu, the famous
Beef Stroganoff (NT$520), Chicken Kiev (NT$460), and
Bortsch (Russian beetroot soup, NT$180) make an appearance
and are amongst the most popular dishes. The menu, however,
includes quite a variety of other European flavours.
German and "French fusion" dishes also make
the list. Main course prices range from NT$400 for Shashlik
(grilled-meat skewers), to NT$1800 for a black caviar
set. There is also a selection of soups, German sausages,
desserts, and an extensive drinks list.
Although it's not quite like crossing
the threshold of the country itself, a visit to Salt
& Bread does offer the chance to sample something
different. I was pleased to see Balthika Beer (lager/porter/wheat
NT$200), a fine Russian beer, as the typical accompaniment
to a meal there!
While there are elements of a theme
restaurant (live folk music accompanies evening meals),
the place is thankfully free of Kremlin kitsch and the
like. The restaurant is large, but the warm colours
and subtle lighting certainly make it an attractive
place to while away the evening.
What also makes the place unique is
the much talked-about "ice bar" -- a small
room kept at minus 20 degrees, and containing over 100
different vodkas. It seats six people comfortably, reservations
can be made, and thick jackets are provided!