Before memories of this meal vanishes into the ether, I thought I’d better hurry and unload whatever recollection I can salvage (yes, I am so totally using this blog as a memory dump). Luckily, I managed to unearth some snapshots of this meal, for if I had to solely rely on my memory, I fear that this post would end right here.
You may recall Thomas Chien from One One Café, make a step to the right, and you’ll find yourself at his eponymous restaurant. The décor leans towards a fine dining atmosphere, so at the very least, attire ought to be smart casual, but no dress code is enforced, so let’s just say that the sartorial etiquette for Taiwanese wedding banquet will suffice (mentionning this based on my experience… as an observer, eh 😉 ).
The owner and chef, Thomas Chien 簡天才 specializes in traditional French cuisine. He regularly travels to Europe to keep his palate sharp, and annually tries to get prominent French chefs to come cook at his restaurant. He’s really passionate about his craft, and it definitely shows in the plate and all the details put into his establishments. On that note, scroll along for glimpses of a lunch at Thomas Chien.
All in all, this was an enjoyable meal, with great service and great food. It was refined without being too out there with overly intricate cooking techniques, ingredients or presentation. Food portions were just right, leaving me full but without feeling bloated like an overfed neopet (looking back, it really comes as no surprise that the person who back then introduced me to that game was Taiwanese, haha.). No wine accompanied the meal, although they do have an extensive wine list to choose from.
Option to order à la carte is available, otherwise the price of a set meal is based on the main course, ranging from 1100NT (35 USD, 28 EURO) to 2500NT (80 USD, 65 EURO) (yours truly calculated in the 10% service fee) for lunch, which I think is some smacking good bang for your buck. A similar dining experience in France would easily cost double the price, so in short, if you want to enjoy French food without having to hop on a plane, this is a place I fondly recommend.
If you go there for lunch and have not yet paid a visit to One One Café, you can still walk-in and take a look at their mini-delicatessen and pastries on display. They also sell a few cheeses, house-made smoked salmon, cured meat, olive oil, etc…
If you’ve read until here, you likely live in Kaohsiung or the vicinities, so you may also be interested to know that they have a catering menu for Christmas through New Year’s Eve, and are also starting to take orders for galettes des Rois (French King cake), only fifty available! And if you’re not from around, I hope you enjoyed reading yet another quirky article from yours truly! 🙂
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Price: 1000NT+ and 10% service fee
Menu: Chinese and English, four links on the menu page: 午餐套餐 (Lunch), 晚餐套餐 (Dinner), 單點菜 (À la carte), 單酒單 (Wine List).
Business hours: 11:30-14:00 and 18:00-21:00. Closed on the last Monday of the month.
Transportation: Until the tramway passes through the area, you can get to the restaurant via the red subway line, stopping at the R7 Shihjia 獅甲station and walk a good ten minutes, or simply taxi it. Plenty of parking space as well.
(last updated: 2016/10/25 二)