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FUN MAGAZINE, February, 2006.
17, Alley 29, Lane 127, AnHe Road,
Tel: (02) 2754-0868
Hours: Sun - Tue 9 pm-4 am, Fri - Sat 9 pm-5 am
Credit cards accepted. Smoking allowed.
YOUR RATING & REVIEW | VIEW VISITORS RATINGS &
--By Cat Thomas Translated by Uvia Chang
Mono Mono is a well-kept secret tucked
away behind AnHe Road, section 1 (very close to Kama).
It has a rather refined feel, achieved through understated,
stylish furnishings and well-placed low lighting, complemented
by the laid-back music, played at a suitably unobtrusive
level. It would be an excellent destination to impress
a date with as it manages to pull off an exclusive feeling
without being standoffish (as attested to by the friendly
greetings/goodbyes passing between the surprisingly
down-to-earth staff and customers). The bar has an excellent
selection of over 35 single-malts whiskeys, as well
as various scotches, bourbons and Irish whiskeys. All
except three are available in single measures (for example,
Macallan 18 Year Old NT$340/single, NT$6500/bottle;
Glenfiddich 10 Year Old NT$250/single, NT$4000/bottle).
The well-trained, knowledgeable staff are more than
happy to assist those having difficulty choosing. Any
lingering indecision may be settled with a sample. They
have a reasonable selection of wines and their house
red is Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Shiraz Cabernet (14%)
for NT$250/glass and NT$1,000/bottle. The house white
is Rudolf Muller Piesporter Michelberg, Reisling Spatlese
(9%) at the same price.
Budweiser, Heineken and a small selection of Belgian
beers sell for NT$180. A good range of cocktails is
also available (Cosmopolitan NT$250, Bombay Sapphire
and Tonic NT$220).
Attention to detail seems to be Mono
Mono's strength -- it's a pleasure to watch their staff
work and the amount of attention paid to the preparation
of even a lowly Jack Daniels and Coke is impressive.
They offer some intriguing sounding snacks, such as
their Fire Miso Fish (NT$180), as well as appetizers
and main courses (NT$250-450). Both Eastern and Western
dishes are present. They don't open until nine p.m.
(but stay open until 4 or 5 a.m.) and the bar is practically
invisible until they turn on their sign.