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TAINAN DINING FEATURE

FYI SOUTH Magazine, March 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 3

Ginza

102, ChengShiue Rd., Tainan City
(06) 335-0999
Hours: 11am-2pm; 5pm-9-30pm

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GINZA: A TASTE OF JAPAN
By Steven Crook

       There can be no doubt about it: Ginza is popular. During our weekday lunch visit, the place filled up in less than half an hour. The decor--simple, almost minimalist--is unremarkable. It must be the food which pulls in the mainly middle-aged clientele.

      The menu is extensive, and prices are not outrageous. There are two sets (NT$450 and NT$650), both featuring nine dishes. We ordered one set, and began choosing various other items.

      But for reasons never explained to us, several rice dishes--including the Katsu Don--were unavailable, as were certain noodle dishes such as Tenpura-Udon.

      Still, the sashimi was good, and the salad couldn't have been any fresher. But the two cooked fish dishes seemed to typify food at this establishment: Expertly cooked and presented, using high-quality ingredients, but not especially flavorsome.

     Of course, real aficionados of Japanese cuisine know how to perfectly apply wasabi and other condiments. If, like me, you don't, you may well find the food filling and delicate, but little more.

      Perhaps Ginza is best left to the experts. (Judging by the crowds here, there are a lot of them). Go with a friend who really knows Japanese cuisine, and you'll probably have a wonderful experience.

      In addition to sakes, various European wines (NT$300 to NT$1300) are available, as is whisky. There are several private dining rooms. In some, guests remove their shoes before entering, and sit on tatami mats beside a low table. Others are furnished in the Western style.

      The restaurant has its own parking lot. Take-out meals (NT$110 to NT$240) are available from the outlet on the first floor.

 

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