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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, May 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 5

 

Brown Sugar

101, SongRen Rd.
Hours: Mon-Sun 6 pm-2 am; kitchen hours 6:30 pm-9 pm.
Minimum charge: Weekdays NT$300; Fri & Sat NT$480; Holidays NT$400

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Brown Sugar
By Yahan Wu

      In Taipei, jazz is synonymous with Brown Sugar. Always packed, even on weekdays, Brown Sugar has a reputation for excellent live music and great cuisine. The black-clad waiters are kept on their toes from the moment the doors open until closing time.

      Stanley Chiu, Brown Sugar¡¦s manager for six years, says: ¡§It¡¦s all about the music! That¡¦s why people keep wanting to come back.¡¨

      Other live bands in Taipei mostly play an array of pop music, says Chiu, so what makes Brown Sugar distinctive is that its band plays jazz, blues, funk, fusion, R&B and Latin music.

      The bar/restaurant has two bands playing throughout the week: the house band, which plays four or five days a week, and their Latin band. The house band, called Impression, has been with them for a decade. One set usually lasts for 50 minutes, sometimes longer during weekends, and then they break for 10 minutes.

     ¡§People are skeptical of whether having the same band play for so long would be a problem. The answer is ¡¥no!¡¦ We have the best band in Taipei,¡¨ says Chiu.

      He says all they have to do to keep up with customers¡¦ demands for fresh music is to change lead singers every one to two months. Mandy Gaines, well known for her soulful voice and Brown Sugar performances, recently released an album entitled Live At Brown Sugar recently. It can be purchased for NT$350 on location.

      Chiu laments the fact that Brown Sugar¡¦s remarkable music sometimes overshadows its equally commendable cuisine. The chef dishes out delicacies such as Baked Mushrooms Stuffed With Bacon And Onion (NT$180), Baked Sea Bass With Garlic Butter (NT$420), and Linguini Pasta With Clams (NT$260).

      Drinks are very affordable, considering the entertainment you get in return. Spirits are NT$250-350 a glass, beers go for NT$160, cocktails are NT$220-360, and a bottle of wine costs NT$900-9800. Tea and coffee are NT$130-200. A range of cigars is available.

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