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FYI SOUTH Magazine, September 2006.

Whether it is a T-Bone from New Zealand, or a Rib-Eye from the US, FYI went in search of some great steaks in South Taiwan. After all, meat is meat...

...AND MAN MUST EAT: Steaks in the South

---By Pieter Vorster, John Matthews and Steven Crook Translated by Annie Liu

KAOHSIUNG
Serious David Shen's Steak and Seafood House

97, ShiJhong 1st Road, Kaohsiung
(07) 201-1999
Hours: 11:30 am-12:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Credit cards are accepted.
David Shen's serves only the best Australian beef. Choices include Aussie Wagyu Sirloin Steak, Aussie Wagyu Fillet Steak and Aussie Wagyu T-Bone Steak. They also offer a French Cordon Bleu selection of non-steak dishes. French Prime Rack Lamb comes with fresh mint sauce. There is also a good choice of seafood dishes such as the Pesto Lobster. They offer a set menu with a choice of main courses, including appetizer, Romaine Salad, Soup, Herb Bread, a French Style Vegetable side dish and dessert with coffee or tea. A great selection of red and white wines and champagne can accompany your meal.

Noble Family Steak House
60, WuFu 3rd Road (And other various locations around south Taiwan.); (07) 241-9401
Hours: Everyday 11 am-11 pm
Taiwan's version of America's Ponderosa Steak House, is at the very least, not a bad offering. Where else can you get a diner steak starting at NT$210 with an all-you-can-eat salad/desert/beverage bar thrown in for good measure? Also available are chicken, pork, fish and lamb or any combination of each. Now you can get a Prime New Zealand steak for NT$280 or a 14oz T Bone steak for NT$350. Try the 9oz T Bone steak and prawn for NT$400. Most orders come with a side of noodles, vegetables or a fried egg. Enjoy your steak rare, medium, medium well-done or well done.

Tasty
33, WuFu 3rd Road (intersection of WuFu and JhongHua); (07) 282-0712
Hours: Everyday 11:30 am-2:30 pm and 5:30 am-10:30 pm
10% service charge.
If you're hungry and in need of a hasty feed, try Tasty. This popular chain of restaurants (exclusive to Taiwan), is like a factory for steak houses. From a very basic menu displaying set meals only, you can order a steak, ribs or chicken. Lunch is NT$430 and dinner is NT$480. Included is a long list of additives such as appetizer, bread, antipasto, salad, soup, dessert and a drink. After ten visits you can collect a free gift.

Good Man Steak House
14-25, JhongShan 1st Road
(07) 221-5750
Hours: Everyday 11:30 am-2 pm and 5:30 pm - 10 pm
10% service charge.
The combination of quality, quantity, simplicity and price make this place a favorite for any steak 'aficionado'. In the main course section you'll find the Superfine Fillet steak from New Zealand for NT$520 (a set meal). Done medium-well, this 6oz steak is an A+ even when you don't consider the fine work put into the appetizer, salad, soup, bread, dessert and drink. The Superfine Rib Eye steak at NT$680 weighs in at 9oz and is also a prize for hungry beef-lovers.

La Face
233, SihWei 4th Road; (07) 969-9751
Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 6:30 pm-2:30 am; Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 pm-4 am
10% service charge.
This popular restaurant and bar boasts a modest menu at fairly reasonable prices. Look in the flame grilled section and you'll find 250g Australian Beef sirloin steak for NT$350. Grilled to medium, the steak is juicy and comes with a side of salad (balsamic olive oil dressing) and a tasty portion of fried onions and mushrooms. Start with an appetizer (light bites) and finish with a dessert, add a fine wine and a specially selected cigar thrown in conclusion and enjoy. There is a minimum charge of NT$300/person on weekends and NT$200 on week nights.

TAINAN
Andi's Party Corner
223, ChongSyue Rd., Tainan City
(06) 289-3609
Hours: 5:30 pm-9 pm
Andi's Party Corner is a paradise for meat eaters. And so it should be--the Austrian owner/chef is a master butcher as well as a qualified baker, and his sausages in particular have gained a devoted following. The Filet Steak Tenderloin (NT$590) is a succulent piece of New Zealand beef served with French Fries; pay another NT$100 for a choice of soups, a salad, a non-alcoholic drink, and a dessert. Instead of the black pepper sauce found in many Taiwanese steakhouses, the sauce served here is a delicious mushroom concoction--chosen, the owner says, because it emerged as his customers' overall favorite. There's a choice of bottled beers, wines, and Stella Artois on draft. Holders of VIP cards are exempt from the 10% service charge.

 

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