November 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 11
"5 Cent Driftwood House"
844, Daya Road, Chiayi City
(05) 2787-109 / (05) 2787-131
203 Jing Hua Road, Section 2
Hsinying, Tainan County
88, Kuang Chou Road,
(06) 299-3321; 299-3306;
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by By Dan Bloom / Translated by NAME
Entrepreneur and restaurant designer Hsieh Li-Shiang, a 38-year-old
native of Hsikang in Tainan County, has come up with a series of
driftwood-themed restaurants that are currently attracting crowds
in the Southland. Each place - Tainan (Anping District) - Hsinying
(Tainan County) - Chiayi City - is called "The Five Cent Driftwood
House" ("Wu Jiao Chwann Ban"); all serve up great
food in airy, comfortable architectural marvels that make spectacular
use of brick, wood and glass. The restaurants are uniquely designed
by Hsieh herself ...there's no chain restaurant decor here!
has turned Taiwan restaurant design on its side by churning out
an oeuvre of work that has caught the attention of glossy home furnishing
magazines and architectural digests. TV crews are putting it all
down on video and enterprising reporters are making a beeline to
her non-linear doors and windows. You should too.
and dinner menus offer individual and group platters of chicken,
beef and lamb, with local vegetables and fruits rounding out
each meal, priced reasonably from NT$280 to NT$300 per person.
The restaurants also serve fruit smoothies, and coffee sets
that come with sliced fruit and Japanese-style rice cakes. The
food is not out of this world, but it is in this world -- tasty,
not too expensive and served in large portions. And, as if architectural
designing wasn't enough, Hsieh has created pottery serving dishes,
cups, plates and tabletop accessories that are one-of-a-kind.
main draw to any of Hsieh's three driftwood palaces is the setting,
perfect for long lunches and evening meals, as well as mid-afternoon
coffee klatches. From the driftwood decor to the large bright windows,
the atmosphere could best be described as neo-California/Tainan,
with very high ceilings, huge wood dining tables, soft ambient music
and waitstaff of friendly young people dressed in peasant-style
are currently underway for more Hsieh-designed restaurants around
the island, including Taichung and Taitung and even Taipei. But
for now, you'll have to visit the three spots in south Taiwan to
see what everyone is raving about.