Grilled King Prawn and Fillet Steak "Bordelaise"
Roasted Rack of Lamb "Provencale"
5, Lane 14, YongKang Street
Hours: 11 am-11 pm
Credit cards not accepted. 10% service charge.
Smoking only in the one private room.
Guting or CKS
Passing through the leafy entrance,
your initial sense is of the age-old sighs of
an antique store. Owner Ms. Lai's passion for
antique furniture and her Japanese-era/European-style
pieces give this welcoming restaurant the intriguing
blend of the softness of classic Asia with the
elegance of a French parlour. With a style of
food that suited her personality, and which snuggled
perfectly into the surroundings, Rich River French
style restaurant was born.
We were treated to the Roasted Rack of Lamb "Provencale"
(NT$660/760 set meal) and the Grilled King Prawn
and Fillet Steak "Bordelaise" (NT$730/880),
the meals' presentation revealed the same artistic
eye as the setting. The first is a plentiful offering
in red wine sauce, flavoured using five different
herbs including rosemary, parsley, and Chinese
basil, served with perfectly textured mashed potato.
The stomach-filling set menu includes aperitif,
Escargots Bourguignonne, soup, garlic bread and
The prawn of the second meal
has a yoghurt and cream dressing, the slight sourness
of the yoghurt softening the strong seafood taste.
This makes it a perfect combination with the tender
juiciness of the high quality beef in its own
superb sauce. All drinks are available (teas,
juices, cocktails, beer) but to savour French
style, choose from the wine selection. The most
popular merlot is the Chilean Casa La Joya, at
a very reasonable NT$900 (bottle).
What makes Rich River so special is that you feel
equally comfortable indulging in an elegant, romantic
meal, or chatting over afternoon tea, with all
whims catered to. The cheapest set menus (changed
weekly), start at just NT$250 for meal, soup,
bread, dessert and coffee. Lighter pasta dishes
start at NT$260 for the spaghetti with crab meat,
bacon and pesto sauce, or you can enjoy afternoon
teas from NT$120.
Rich River is located off hip and hectic YongKang
Street, yet styled to evoke a calmer time and
Fun is required to remind you not to drink and
---By Claire Tyrell
Translated by Jean Huang