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TAINAN DINING FEATURE

FYI SOUTH Magazine, May 2004.

PUNA: A SLICE OF INDIA IN DOWNTOWN KAOHSIUNG

Puna
1, Lane 143, WenHeng 2nd Rd., ShinShing, Kaohsiung City; (07) 272-0811
Hours: 11:30 am-9:30 pm(Mon-Fri); 11:30am ~10 pm(Sat & Sun)

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      Puna (pronounced: pooh-nah) is a trendy curry house whose gentle, soothing ambience attracts young professionals seeking an interesting place to eat, drink, and gossip with friends.

      Owner Nancy Lou, a native of Kaohsiung, has spent a number of extensive retreats at Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh's ashram in India. Inside the restaurant, photos, hand-woven textiles, Kashmiri trinkets, and books by Lou's guru in both Chinese and English reflect the beauty and mystery that is India.

       "Creating a quiet oasis in the city, where people can enjoy a good meal, a chat, and be exposed to new thought, was my main objective when I returned to Taiwan from the ashram," she says. "And since I opened in 1999, I still strive for these same goals, and still, to this day, enjoy doing so!"

      She's been more than successful. The menu is simple and affordable, consisting of two straightforward yet delightful curry dishes: beef or chicken. It always arrives in a timely manner, piping hot, alongside a mound of rice attractively topped with sage. The golden-brown curry sauce is always luxurious, never oily, and maintains its richness throughout the meal.

      For non-curry eaters, there's an extensive choice of spicy rice dishes, including spicy chicken, spicy beef, mushroom rice, and marinated beef options. For kids, Lou has deftly created a unique rice dish of chicken with apple slices. Eating here is easy on the wallet, too: All the main dishes are priced at NT$100. Also, there's a very wide selection of herbal teas and coffees. Exotically sensual to taste, and a dream to drink, the cinnamon tea is always my first choice. But there are other teas which please: peppermint, rosemary, orange and many more. And don't forget to try a lassi, that Indian staple for thirst-quenching freshness. Lou makes the yogurt fresh each day, and revises the menu to reflect each season's best fruits. Beverages run NT$60 to NT$100; servings are large.

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