What To Eat Ah, in Taipei (Restaurants):
Deja Vu RESTAURANT
Some people would have heard of this restaurant before, not because they had a sense of deja vu. But because the founder is a famous and popular Taiwanese singer. He is none other than Jay Chou. This was the last night at Taipei and my travelling companions and I had a rough idea of the quality that theme restaurants have to offer. Hence, I entered this restaurant with my expectations lowered than before. High and lofty dining ceilings, lush furnitures, loud brass ornaments and heavily framed paintings hanging on the wall. It may look like Jay Chou got really generous with interior design, especially with a Batmobile replica sitting in the middle of the dining area. So what about the food?
Appetizers: Funny that the menu described this dish as Tapas, the Spanish term for appetizers, when the rest of the menu was rich with Italian cuisine names. Going through this dish was a pretty interesting and scary experience for us. Since the restaurant was so dim, we had to squint and attempt to make a guess the different components that make up the entire dish. Some were a delight to our palettes while some like the raw garlic cloves were plainly shunned.
Romano Potato Pizza: If you’re wondering at the name of the dish, you would be intrigued to know that the pasta and pizza section of the menu are covered in names infused with the Italian language. Thankfully, the brief description provides enough information for patrons like us to decide on our orders. Although the restaurant is pretty famous for their pizzas, I would only recommend this dish to carbo-lovers out there. The mixture of dough and potato is just too intense. You would most probably tap out after the third slice. In addition, this dish could do with more seasoning.
Pizza Ai Frutti Di Mare: A seafood tomato-based pizza. Surprisingly, not only was the topping relatively tasty, the pizza had better seasoning.
Braised Mushrooms with Tenderloin in Marsal Wine: That very night, I was in the mood for red meat. Nothing else on the menu attracted me except for this dish. I just wanted some meat lovin’. When the dish arrived, all of us took some time to adjust our eyes and looked at the plate more closely. It didn’t help that under the dim candlelight, my dish looked like it was plated and garnished in a hurry. Taste wise, I definitely have tried and savoured much better steak in my entire life, but comparing to the other dishes that the restaurant has to offer, I think this is worth a try.
Normandy Seafood: This is is another dish that is worth the recommendation. Under sheets of lasagne lies the deep treasures of tomato braised seafood such as clams, mussels and prawns. Tasty, fresh and delectable, my friend wiped out the entire plate before you can even pronounce Normandy.
Squid Ink Pasta: This was a weird dish to begin with, not that its made of squid ink. Squid ink has been creeping into the menus of our local food industry for the past few years mind you. The pasta took an awfully time to arrive, after I’ve finished my beef tenderloin, and if you could look closely, the chef piled an incredible amount of pasta on the plate. That is just plain overkill and unprofessional.
So one would start to wonder at this point, what is the theme of this restaurant? This is actually a joint venture between Jay Chou and the famous Taiwanese magician, Liu Qian. Magic shows and singing performances are scheduled during dinner time. They might not be David Copperfield, but the tricks are good enough to wow you. Overall, just like the previous theme restaurants, this one failed to impress my tastebuds. Especially when the dishes are pretty pricey. Maybe Mr Chou could cut down on the lavish European interior deco and carry out some taste test for his menu.
Deja Vu Restaurant
台北市八德路一段一號 ( 華山1914文創園區 中四A館 )
No.1, Sec. 1, Bade Rd
Taipei city 100