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FYI SOUTH Magazine, January 2006.

Loft -The Lounge Urban Moment

31, Lane 56, JhongJheng 2nd Road, LingYa District, Kaohsiung
(07) 225-4410
Hours:Everyday 8 pm-4 am
10% service charge.
Visa and Mastercards accepted.

---By Pieter Vorster Translated by Annie Liu

Loft - the lounge urban moment - is kind of hard to find. Turn right off HePing Road, just after it crosses JhongJheng 2nd Road, and go around the back of President Department store. You'll see a little park. Lane 56 runs along this park and Loft is situated on the left. Having just opened it is one of the most contemporary, stylish and hip establishments that the city has to offer.

To call Loft a lounge bar does it injustice. The best way to describe it is to say that it is comfort, style, funk and possibly even art - all-in-one. Co-owner Thomas has meticulously designed a space where trendy customers can get together, have a drink or two and fully enjoy themselves. The first floor features a well-stocked bar, including a large selection of wines (from NT$1600 per bottle). Champagnes start from NT$2500 (Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial) and fine whiskeys start from NT$250 per glass. Cocktails (including Apple, Melon and Cherry Martinis) are NT$200 and beers start at NT$180 (imported Belgian beers are available). The rest of the ground floor is laid out in private areas with comfortable couches to sink into.

Heading upstairs you'll find more secluded sitting areas between the ground and upstairs parts, including a balcony garden. The attention to detail that has gone into Loft is as evident upstairs as downstairs, with silk and velvet curtains covering walls and windows decorated with innovative art. From the kitchen Loft serves appetisers like Tartari Raw Beef and Hakkaido Pickle Cold Dressing for a mere NT$250. Their main courses are equally reasonable, with Veal Fillet, Pork Knuckle with Sauerkraut and French Baked Raw Oysters going for NT$350. Vegetarian dishes and salads are available from NT$200.
Happy to take group bookings, the owners and staff are friendly and remain true to their basic idea of giving Kaohsiung a decent spot to enjoy the finer things in life.

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