By Amy Chang Translated by Ann Lee Photos by Andy Lin
1, Alley 2, Lane 217, AnHe Rd, Sec 2; (02) 2735-4300
MRT: LiuZhang Li Station
Hours: 8:30 pm-3:30 am (Fri-Sat 8:30 pm-4:30 am) closed Sundays
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
No minimum charge on weekdays, NT$500 on weekends.
When you arrive at the Palace Lounge, you are greeted by two ancient-looking Buddha statues at the entrance and a large, modern lobby just past the entrance. The staff here wears the cheongsam, a well-fitted, traditional Chinese dress and waits patiently to serve you.
This night spot offers an impressive selection of whiskeys and various imported cigars, which is the main reason why many male office workers come here to relax and relieve some stress. Although it may appear that this luxurious night spot is only fun for men, many women might enjoy a girls night out in one of the Palace's private rooms, which have black and white flannelet sofas, a candle-lit ambiance, and air conditioning.
The drink "Momento" (NT$300) is a popular cocktail made with fresh grape juice and lime liqueur--its innocent, fruity flavor may deceive you; this drink can pack a punch, so slip slowly. Another cocktail on the drink menu is called "Lie," and is made with lychee and lime liqueur (NT$$350). Its initial strong aftertaste eventually yields to the sweetness of the cranberry and melon inside, leaving a pleasant and refreshing taste in your mouth.
The Palace also has a variety of cold and hot dishes for patrons to snack on. The most popular, the German Sausage Set (NT$350), comes with pickled cucumbers on the side. The Seafood Noodles (NT$280) is made with the freshest made-to-order ingredients, giving it a really enhanced flavor that goes down perfectly with a glass of white wine. Another signature dish here is the Pepper Chicken (NT$300); the flavor and texture is not as "exquisite" as the latter two dishes, but it is definitely a simple, tasty dish that will help you cure those late-night hunger pangs.