Rare French Cuisine & Bar ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a fine dining establishment: Creative, delicious cuisine from a chef with international experience at Michelin-rated establishments. Refined, upscale ambiance and excellent service. An impressive, extensive selection of fine wines and other spirits, introduced by an experienced sommelier. A beautiful, inviting bar for drinks before, during and after a meal.
Located on Windsor Hotel’s eighth floor, Rare has over the years transitioned from French-Italian dining to a steakhouse to French cuisine. Head Chef Bruce Hsu previously worked at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Sky on 57 restaurant and Michelin-recognized Corner House French-Asian restaurant in Singapore Botanic Gardens, and now uses his expertise in mixing Asian ingredients with western cuisine to pair Taiwan’s cornucopia of local fruit, vegetables, seafood and other ingredients—from cherry tomatoes to loofah sponge gourds—with top-grade imports like US Angus Tenderloin and Japanese Wagyu beef.
Chef Hsu’s creations are showcased in a seasonally-changing four-course Relax Menu (from NT$1,580) and six-course Discovery Menu (from NT$2,580), plus a la carte offerings. He says a signature dish on the current menu (in use to June 30) is main course Beef Wellington, Foie Gras, Mashed Potatoes, Beef Sauce (NT$1,680 a la carte; add NT$420 to set-meal price), back by popular demand after disappearing for a while. Unlike the traditional sliced versions, Rare’s Beef Wellington comes as an individual portion. Other mains like Yi-Lan Cherry Duck Breast, Pong-Hu (Penghu) Seasonal Fish, and Yamagata Wagyu Rib Eye are paired with items like a Salmon, Dill Olive Oil, Golden Grapefruit Vinaigrette starter; Hokkaido Scallops, Loofah Veloute, Crisp Scallops soup; and Yun-Lin Sasso Chicken, Mushroom, Quinoa, Shao-Xing Wine Sauce hot starter.
Experienced sommelier Ricky Tsai oversees a sizable variety of over 210 Old World and New World sparkling, white, red and sweet wines—including 10-plus by-the-glass house wine options (NT$380-480)—plus an equally impressive list of whiskies, sake and other spirits. Sommelier-suggested wine pairings can be arranged for set-meal customers with a two, three and four glass offer (NT$780/990/1,280).
610, Taiwan Blvd, Sec 4, 8F, Xitn Dist (Windsor Hotel Taichung)
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm (laster order 1:30), 5:30-9 pm (last order 8:30), bar open to 12:30 am
10% service charge. Credit cards accepted.