156, MinSheng E Rd, Sec 3
Hours: Sun-Thu 11:30 am-10 pm;
Fri-Sat 11:30 am-11 pm
No smoking allowed.
Western food can be found at a number of fine
restaurants but, if you're craving juicy ribs,
head to Tony Roma's, the place that's "famous
for ribs". Tony Roma's may not be the best
place for a first date, unless you ladies want
a glimpse of your man's primal instincts. With
the exception of the salads and seafood platters,
the finger-lickin' good food is best consumed
heartily and without inhibitions.
Tony Roma's opened 12 years ago in the center
of Taipei's financial district. The management
is friendly, and the food fantastic. We tried
several dishes, and have highlighted our favorites,
starting with the unique, "world-famous"
Onion Loaf. The half loaf (NT$130) is a huge helping
of onion rings stacked in a rectangular shape
with a flaky, pastry-like breading. Bad for the
heart but good for the soul is the Appetizer Sampler
(NT$390), which is a plate of Fire Wings, Potato
Skins, Mozzarella Sticks and three dipping sauces.
A wide selection of salads range from NT$180
to $380. Try the Santa Fe Salad, which is a no-nonsense
array of fresh vegetables, crispy chicken breast,
cheese and bacon on top of a crunchy tortilla
shell. Another popular favorite is the Papaya
Salad, which combines diced papaya with salad
greens and wonton skins, tossed with a papaya
dressing, avocado, and grilled chicken breast.
But don't forget the ribs. The Original Baby
Backs were invented in 1972 and are basted in
a barbecue sauce that is considered "top
secret". A half slab is NT$520; a full slab
NT$860. You can also try the St. Louis-style Ribs,
which are a very special cut of sparerib and described
as "thick, juicy and meaty".
Other meal options include seafood dishes, chicken
dishes, sandwiches and burgers. For dessert, try
the Cookie Sundae, which is a homemade cookie
baked in an iron skillet and topped with vanilla
ice cream and hot fudge. Can you get more American
A bar is available, with plenty of beers, cocktails,
margaritas and hard liquor on the menu.