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FYI SOUTH Magazine, April 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 4

Meals on Wheels: ShiDou Mountain Restaurant & Coffee House

870, DaYa Rd., Sec. 1, Chiayi City
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(05) 278-0585
Hours: 10am-12 midnight

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Meals on Wheels: ShiDou Mountain Restaurant & Coffee House

By Dan Bloom

       Given that the narrow-gauge railroad to Alishan is one of Chiayi¡¦s most famous tourist attractions, creating a railway-themed restaurant in the city makes a lot of sense. At the newly-opened ShiDou Mountain Restaurant & Coffee House, the rail idea has been taken beyond photographs and memorabilia. Actual train carriages, resting on real tracks, serve as dining cars. This makes for a novel eating experience--and the food¡¦s good, too.

      The cuisine is refined Taiwanese fare. Lunch and dinner specials featuring pork, beef and fish cost between NT$180 and NT$250. The pastry section is especially noteworthy, with more than 25 mouthwatering cakes, pies, and custards (NT$80 to NT$120) on offer. The drinks list--teas, coffees, and juices--has more than thirty selections, priced from NT$70 to NT$140.

       The two red dining cars which front DaYa Road are former Alishan railway carriages that have been lovingly renovated. They¡¦re comfortable, fitted with wide windows and a sound system, and decorated with color snapshots from around the world. There are also outdoor tables.

       ShiDou is suitable for couples, and office parties, and the owners have put a lot of thought into making the place family-friendly. There's a sandbox in the courtyard, with shovels and pails for kids to play with, and crayons inside for children who want to draw.

      For a refreshing and relaxing experience, not to mention urban "scenery" with a difference, ShiDou certainly makes a change. This train may not go anywhere, but it well worth taking!

 

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