March 26, 2011

總督西餐廳 Viceroy Restaurant

Auntie invited everyone to dinner to celebrate her son's grad. school acceptance. The old-school steak-house has occupied its now-prime location right on Zhongxiao E. Rd. for over 30 years.

The Steak Giver Salad At Viceroy Steak

The all-you-can-eat salad and dessert bar is a key component of the Taiwanese steak-house. The desserts were a bit pedestrian, but the kid didn't mind as long as the puddings kept coming. The salad bar had enough circulation to insure the freshness of the lettuces, et al. Although there's always quite a rush for the good stuff like smoked salmon and the shrimps.

We stuck to the dinner sets which offered various cuts of steaks and seafoods in combination. Not quite a full surf & turf but a tasty combo nonetheless. The beef came with the inevitable pepper sauce but the meat itself was good enough without drowning it in sauce. The seafood medley was stir-fried with a bit of XO sauce for a bit of spicy zing. Auntie's son ordered a pricier rib-eye which came sizzling on an iron pan and showed that they can turn out a serious steak, if one ponies up for it.

Can't really judge these sort of restaurants against modern Western restaurants since the food has evolved to its own category, like Japanese yoshoku cuisine. Though hardly fashionable it's still pretty good food on its own merits, give or take the steak sauces. Now that Fine Herbs has closed it's probably the best option of its kind nearby.

Short Rib & Stir-Fried Seafood Mmm.… Cheesy Fish


Posted by mikewang at March 26, 2011 06:30 PM