By Sean Cooper Translated
by Ann Lee
Photos by Leif
282, RenYi St, Kaohsiung City
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm,
5:30-9 pm (closed Mondays)
Credit cards not accepted.
10% service charge.
Chinese/English/German Menu available.
If you're around JhongShan and WuFu
and feel like grabbing a bite at Cucina, you'll be surprised
to find the new, charming Zuhause, in its place. This
German-Italian fusion restaurant has been open since
May and has a modern menu, focusing on Taiwanese tastes.
That's not to say there isn't anything traditional on
the menu, only that the owner and Chef, Freddy Sun,
caters to what Kaohsiung customers want.
Zuhause's well designed interior is
minimalist and modern. Both floors and the small, outdoor
patio are tasteful and inviting. Although of Chinese
descent, Freddy grew up near Hanover, Germany. He has
been a chef for eight years, went to culinary school
in Germany, and apprenticed for three years in both
Germany and England. His concept for Zuhause is "freestyle
cooking." Although the menu has many set meals,
Freddy is happy to let the customer make small changes
to their order. He says it's sometimes a challenge to
introduce new tastes to Koahsiung, and he wants to give
patrons as many choices as possible.
These include an authentic Pork Lemon
Schnitzel (NT$150) and some stellar German sausage with
a healthy portion of sauerkraut (NT$160). Both meals
come with salad and a choice of well-seasoned mashed
potatoes or handmade German noodles. On the Italian
side, I recommend the pasta piccata; thin-sliced chicken
breaded with parmesan cheese and eggs, lightly pan fried
and served on a bed of spaghetti in tomato sauce. He
also serves some of the best hot creme brulee in the
Zuhause is a modern and chic restaurant,
but, as the name means in German, after eating here
it will give your stomach that at-home, cozy feeling.