FYI SOUTH Magazine, January 2006.

Harbor Villa Cafe & Lounge

12, BinHai 2nd Road, Gushan District, Kaohsiung
(07) 969-8799
Hours:Everyday 11 am-2 am
Credit cards accepted.
Smoking Section Available.


-- By John Matthews Translated by Annie Liu

Brought to you by Amy's Restaurants group, the Harbor Villa Cafe and Lounge is as its name suggests. It's a large and comfortable indoor/outdoor harbor front restaurant, with a casual tropical flare, only steps away from the ferry. The restaurant occupies a building that was once the regal home of a local resident. For more than a year, the Harbor Villa has graced its clientele with a mix of eastern and western decor and the colorful history of the building itself.

Both menu and staff are friendly and eager to help customers in both English and Chinese. Start with the 'a la carte' menu or enjoy any one of a dozen set meal options from NT$430 to NT$650. The menu even lists a variety of 'special recommendation' dishes. Start with the Bean Sprout and Pear Salad with house dressing at NT$150. Then try the Fried Soft Shell Crab with Almond flakes for NT$250. In the list of pork dishes don't miss the Stewed Pig Leg with Special House Sauce for NT$380. Alternatively try the Chicken Leg and Roll with Morel Red Wine Sauce at NT$290.

The dessert list is said to be limited, but a look at the chocolate fondue and your choice of fruits may in fact seem unlimited (NT$250). Also on the list of desserts is the ever-popular Haagen-Daz brand of ice cream or the unique green tea sundae for NT$180. Focaccia bread sandwiches are served all day. The drink menu is expansive and made to please coffee lovers, cocktail enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs alike. Don't miss the newly introduced Tea Time menu. The Harbor Villa boasts three floors of seating space, an elegant lounge bar area, an open-air garden with a courtyard and can easily accommodate groups and parties of up to 60 people. The top floor is a completely open patio-style space with great views of the harbor.