GRUB TO CORDON BLEU:
DINNER AT WILLY'S
321, JianKang Rd., Sec. 2, Tainan City
Hours:6 pm-late(Closed Mondays)
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--By Steven Crook Translated by Annie Liu
Since this magazine last wrote about the food
at Willy's Second Base, some things have changed. There's
a new owner, and a new French chef, Sylvain. But speaking
as big fans of Willy's from way back, we're glad to say that
a lot has stayed the same--the place still serves up huge
portions of pub grub and Tex-Mex food, and still offers a
range of bottled, canned, and draft beers (from NT$100) that
can satisfy the pickiest drinker.
Sylvain, who has been working here since
late last year, has raised the bar for Western cooking in
Tainan. His weekly specials typically feature European dishes,
and instead of following the French-Fries-with-everything
route, he serves scallop potatoes with some dishes. His attention
to detail is obvious from every dish, right down to the pine
nuts added to salads.
Steak dinners are priced NT$390. Old favorities like burgers
(from NT$220), pizzas (from NT$200), and pastas (NT$250) are
still available and very much in demand. Tex-Mex items--nachos,
fajitas, and so on--are NT$200 to NT$340.
Starters go for NT$80 to NT$200. When ordering, bear in mind
that some of these items--such as the excellent Grilled Chicken
Salad--are satisfying meals in their own right.
Customers are very welcome to make suggestions,
or ask for dishes not on the menu. If he can, Sylvain will
cook what you want. It's also possible to "mix and match"
from items on the menu. As the weather gets warmer, more salads
will be offered. And Willy's isn't just a place to eat and
drink. There's a big-screen satellite TV showing all major
According to one British customer, "Many expats hear
about this place before they've even arrived in Taiwan."
If you haven't been already, drop by and find out why Willy's
is a landmark for both locals and foreigners.