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TAICHUNG: Aqua 水相餐廳

Posted in food, restaurants, taichung, taiwan by sue on December 11, 2010

www.aquatea.com.tw
407 台中市西屯區惠中路一段117號
No. 117, Sec. 1, HuiZhong Street, XiTun District, Taichung City, Taichung 407
04 2258 1616

Price: Reasonable/Expensive
Rating: Good
Directions: Take a cab or drive
Reservations: Unnecessary

Yet another tea spot, I know… but this place is different. Aqua is trendier than most restaurants in Taichung with its modern decor. It’s great for a change of pace from the “normal spots,” unless you hit up restaurants on GongYi Street quite often.

The food here is pretty decent, but I would suggest you get their pasta dishes, especially their baked pumpkin and chicken risotto. Surprisingly, most Taiwanese places do baked cheese dishes pretty well. (Read the word most, not all.) If you are starving, for an additional NT$150 (~US$5) on top of the cost of your entree, you can get a set meal that comes with soup, salad, a bread basket, baked escargot or salami plate, a palate cleanser (which just means a shot of apple vinegar here), dessert, tea, AND your entree. The other things aren’t mind blowingly delicious, but they are pretty decent. My only complaint about the side dishes would be the sauce that comes with the potato salad. It totally ruined it for me.

The tea section is only half of the restaurant, the other half is a newly added yakiniku restaurant (by newly added, I mean it wasn’t there when I moved out of Taichung in 2009), so this is a review for only half of Aqua. If anyone has tried the yakiniku side, let me know if it’s any good!

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NEW YORK: Apizz

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on November 15, 2010

This Italian restaurant is located on an empty street in the Lower East Side, but you completely forget it the moment you step inside. It’s a beautiful place with great food. I highly recommend their arugula and prosciutto pizza as well as their shrimp and chorizo appetizer. The bread basket with tomato sauce and cheese was also delicious, more places should swap the olive oil and vinegar combination for this. The gnocchi pictured above was good, but would have been better if the gnocchi pieces were a bit smaller. It was a bit too over powering. It’s not a dish I would order again if I went back to Apizz; I would probably load up on that pizza.

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NEW YORK: Posto

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on November 14, 2010

Horrible picture I know, but Posto is hands down my favorite pizza spot in New York now. Unless this is the first time you’ve read my blog, you should have realized that I’m not a big bread person; that goes the same for noodles, pizza crust, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I like to eat them, but in small quantities. And that’s why Posto’s thin crust pizza is perfect for me. Make your way out to Gramercy for this place and get one of their salads. The meatball and the sausage pizzas are fantastic; even better is that they don’t skimp on the basil like most places do.

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NEW YORK: Luzzo’s

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on June 10, 2010

211 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
212 473 7447

Price: Reasonable/Cheap
Rating: Decent/Good
Directions: L to 1st Ave
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get:

Decent pizza, but definitely not the best I had. We ordered number 11– can’t remember the name, but it had mozzarella, ricotta, sausage, olives, and a tiny, tiny bit of basil. It was really oily; so oily that the toppings actually slid right off the pizza. The dough came out soggy… I just was not impressed. Unless I was desperately craving pizza and couldn’t find a taxi to take me to lombardis/harrys, i’ll probably never step foot in here again. The bruschetta wasn’t even that great and how can you screw that up?? Disappointed, it had such great reviews.

On the other hand, the couple next to us ordered lasagna as we were leaving and it looked damn good. Maybe if I was craving some pasta…

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TAICHUNG: Fatty’s

Posted in food, restaurants, taichung, taiwan by sue on January 30, 2010

台中市精誠路50巷1號
No. 1, Lane 50, JinCheng Road
Hours: 11:30AM-10:00PM
(04) 2319-4898

PRICE: about NT$500/person ~US$15/person)
RATING: It’s good.
DIRECTIONS: Drive or hail a cab
RESERVATIONS: Not needed
MENU: English & Chinese
MUST GET:

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TAIPEI: L’idiot 里帝歐餐廳

Posted in food, restaurants, taipei, taiwan by sue on March 8, 2009

台北市民生東路3段156號1樓
No. 156, Sec. 3, Minsheng East Road (next to Starbucks)
Hours: 11:30- 2:30PM / 5:30-10:30PM (midnight on Fridays & Saturdays)
(02) 25456966

PRICE: $$$ (approx. NT$1,500/person ~US$50/person)
RATING: Pretty good, you should go!
DIRECTIONS: Hail a cab
RESERVATIONS: Recommended
MENU: English & Chinese!
MUST GET: Cheese stuffed meatballs, strawberry tart

I first heard about this restaurant on TV while I was home in LA with my mom. The name, of course, made me curious. Who names their restaurant the idiot? For those of you interested, according to the Taipei Times it’s named after a scene in Steve Martin’s LA Story and according to the waitress I asked it’s because the owner (Fudy) really enjoys French tv and it was a phrase that he heard often. Whatever it is, who cares? The food is good and that’s really all that matters.

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