Text & photos by Evan M. Gioia
Translated by Ann Lee
129, SinTian Rd, SinSing District
Hour: Lunch 11:30 am-2 pm, Dinner 5:30-9:30 pm, closed on Monday
10% service charge
For the gastronomes among us who believe that food is more than just human fuel or filler, what we eat is, rather, an expression of our creativity and passions, not merely consumed but enjoyed. On WenHun 2nd Rd. about six blocks from the bustle of JungShan Rd. is a quaint, French-style restaurant called Chez Andre. Mr. Cho, the head chef, is classically trained with over 20 years of experience and even spent a year abroad in France. He is quick to point out that all of the restaurant's creams and sauces are imported directly from France and his seafood is flown in fresh from Hokkaido, Japan.
The inside decor is complemented with baby-blue walls and a potpourri of Euro-style postcards. Those lucky enough to be seated on the first floor get a front row seat near the kitchen to view the action. Those on the second floor need not despair, as the diner-style seats and tiles are well coordinated with the back window which overlooks the street below. Either floor is perfect for a romantic night out or just a casual evening spent with friends. Service also comes quickly and with a smile.
While the interior design is novel, the food is simply delicious. If you are looking to give your taste buds a little tender loving care, Mr. Cho recommends the Grilled Lamb Chop accompanied by a fruit salsa. The lamb meat is tender and succulent and just begging to be ripped off the bone. This item is NT$330 to NT$390 for a set meal. If proteins do not suit your pallet then maybe some carbohydrates will. One of the more popular dishes, spaghetti with lightly fried scallops adorned over pesto sauce, is delightful and pleasant. The scallops are especially awesome; with the slightest of bites each tender morsel explodes with flavor. This item is NT$390 or NT$450 for a set. Both of these dishes serve as a simple reminder that food does not have to be served in bulk to be quality. Chez Andre accepts only cash and offers both English and Chinese menus.