Sitting on my table was the "Traffic Light"
(NT$250), three separate shots-one tequila, one
tomato juice, one lemon. And, by the time its
intriguingly pleasant taste had put a smile on
my face, the surroundings were also working their
wind- down magic. The name Kama conjures images
of Indian exoticism, or perhaps Indian eroticism,
and this continues inside with Indian-style art,
statues and decor. Uniquely, buddhas look on,
adding a touch of serenity to the mix.
Kama is whatever you want it to be. Find a corner
where restful lighting casts the shadows of beaded
curtains across beautifully patterned cushions,
and chill with a bottle of wine from the large
worldwide selection. Or get lively at the bar
with friends, and explore the Kama cocktail and
shots selection. For a group, why not reserve
a table downstairs (NT$4000-6000), decorated with
a certain romantic quirkiness, and settle in.
Most drinks come by the bottle, though for prices
by the glass spirits are around NT$250/300, bottled
beers are NT$200/250 and whiskeys range up to
NT$350 for 12-year single malt. There is also
a short list of sakes.
A night out at Kama won't leave you hungry,
either. A selection of snacks is offered, including
the most popular, tender, perfectly-spiced bites
of the Cumin Beef (NT$580). A thumbs-up also goes
to the tasty Sauteed Mushrooms served with shrimp
Music selection reflects the chilled out vibe
early in the week, with a mix of jazz, reggae,
bossonova or house. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
see foreign DJs, with the weekends hitting a more
upbeat tempo, and Saturdays selection of '80s
music. Also look out for special evenings and
Open for nearly four years now, Kama is certainly
one place that seems set to remain a nice corner
of in Taipei's Lounge Bar scene.