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FUN MAGAZINE, January, 2006.
(02) 2841-3095; 2841-3161
342-350, ZhiShan Rd, Section 3, ShiLin District
Hours: 12 am-11 pm
Sunday 12 am-10 pm
Parking lot available. Credit cards not accepted.
10% service charge.
YOUR RATING & REVIEW | VIEW VISITORS RATINGS &
--By Leslie Tseng Translated by Druetzler
ZhiShan Road, heading towards the National
Palace Museum, transforms from a noisy thoroughfare
into a quiet, peaceful road. Uma Isa is a rustic restaurant
tucked away on this road -- a virtual Shangra-La nestled
between lush green mountains and gently flowing brooks.
The building itself has an old-fashioned
feel, echoing days of old, that is further enhanced
by its natural surroundings. When entering the courtyard
through the main gate of the restaurant, an arched bridge
appears before one's eyes. Ducks cheerfully frolic in
the water with a series of individual courtyards, all
near the rippling sounds of Wai Shuang River. Umi Isa
offers outdoor courtyard dining, individual party rooms,
family-style dining and a fantastic assortment of choices
from the menu.
The Japanese portion of the menu includes hand-rolled
sushi and scrumptious, plump clams soaked in lemon juice
and dressed with onions that are especially worth mentioning.
Their distinctive method of preparation brings out unique
flavors in the clams. Freshly fried Chinese food includes
Szechuan and Taiwanese styles as well as other Chinese
provincial styles. The Chinese cuisine house specialty
is the "scrambled egg white tofu" -- a delectable
dish that is crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.
All the healthy-living chicken hot pots are worth trying
and the king crab hot pot is exceptional.
Watching the servers dash through the
courtyard carrying food is also a sight to see! Find
time to escape from the drone of daily life and come
enjoy tea time at Umi Isa. You can sample traditional
Chinese tea or healthy-living tea; and because Umi Isa
is so spacious you can request your own teapot and small
gas stove to make your own tea. This is a great place
for the people of Taipei to get away from it all and
enjoy great food while being one with nature. The price
is NT$600 per person, plus 10% service charge, for all-you-can-eat.
Children under 120 centimetres are half price. If you
don't have a big appetite, you are welcome to order
a la carte.