Round Up

TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, November, 2006.

* Grilled King Prawn and Fillet Steak "Bordelaise"

* Roasted Rack of Lamb "Provencale"

Rich River

(02) 2341-5160
5, Lane 14, YongKang Street
Hours: 11 am-11 pm
Credit cards not accepted. 10% service charge.
Smoking only in the one private room.
Guting or CKS

Passing through the leafy entrance, your initial sense is of the age-old sighs of an antique store. Owner Ms. Lai's passion for antique furniture and her Japanese-era/European-style pieces give this welcoming restaurant the intriguing blend of the softness of classic Asia with the elegance of a French parlour. With a style of food that suited her personality, and which snuggled perfectly into the surroundings, Rich River French style restaurant was born.
We were treated to the Roasted Rack of Lamb "Provencale" (NT$660/760 set meal) and the Grilled King Prawn and Fillet Steak "Bordelaise" (NT$730/880), the meals' presentation revealed the same artistic eye as the setting. The first is a plentiful offering in red wine sauce, flavoured using five different herbs including rosemary, parsley, and Chinese basil, served with perfectly textured mashed potato. The stomach-filling set menu includes aperitif, Escargots Bourguignonne, soup, garlic bread and salad.

The prawn of the second meal has a yoghurt and cream dressing, the slight sourness of the yoghurt softening the strong seafood taste. This makes it a perfect combination with the tender juiciness of the high quality beef in its own superb sauce. All drinks are available (teas, juices, cocktails, beer) but to savour French style, choose from the wine selection. The most popular merlot is the Chilean Casa La Joya, at a very reasonable NT$900 (bottle).
What makes Rich River so special is that you feel equally comfortable indulging in an elegant, romantic meal, or chatting over afternoon tea, with all whims catered to. The cheapest set menus (changed weekly), start at just NT$250 for meal, soup, bread, dessert and coffee. Lighter pasta dishes start at NT$260 for the spaghetti with crab meat, bacon and pesto sauce, or you can enjoy afternoon teas from NT$120.
Rich River is located off hip and hectic YongKang Street, yet styled to evoke a calmer time and place.

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---By Claire Tyrell Translated by Jean Huang