By Sean Coopern Translated by Ann Lee
Photos by Colin Brown
216, SiWei 4th Rd
Hours: Sun-Thu 11-2 am, Weekends & Holidays 11-3 am
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Chinese and English menu.
Opened in August 2006, Chef's, formerly known as The Horney Pig, is a great place to enjoy good food and a comfortable atmosphere all day long.
Started by Chef Gwo, who got his start at the Pig & Whistle Taipei when he was 18 and previously worked across the street, Chef's has food that's well priced and tastes great. In the 11 years he's worked in Kaohsiung, he's always desired to have his own restaurant where the food comes first. And his experience and dedication shows at Chef's.
All the dishes are his original creations and most are made from scratch. His most popular dishes, Chicken Parmigiana (NT$320) and Philly Cheese Sandwich (NT$280), are flavourful and delicious. Also, the Bangers and Mash (comes with sauerkraut, order after 10 p.m., a la carte for NT$380) are worth a try. At lunchtime, choose from four different main courses, including a nice, fresh salad bar. Main courses change each week for variety. For those who prefer a more local flavur, Chef's has a good selection of Taiwanese dishes as well.
Not to be outdone, the drinks menu is also well-stocked and won't crash your budget. Come by before 8 p.m. and grab any drink below NT$150 and you'll get the next one free. Their bartender staffers speak great English and are experienced drink makers.
Besides great food and drink, Chef's has a nice open atmosphere with an English pub-style setting designed by Chef Gwo himself. While there, you can choose from playing pool, darts, or watching soccer, rugby or one of the other myriad sports on their satellite TVs. Every weekend they've got live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
At Chef's the prices are low, but Chef Gwo believes it shouldn't cost someone a lot to enjoy great quality and familiar Western dishes in Kaohsiung. He's never compromised on his food, and invites you to come and try it out.