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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE > December 2008

L'IDIOT Restaurant

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L'IDIOT Restaurant

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L'IDIOT Restaurant C.

L'IDIOT Restaurant

(02) 2545-6966
156, MinSheng E Rd, Sec 3
Hours:11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-11 pm
Sat & Sun brunch hours 10 am-5 pm
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.

Naming a restaurant "the idiot" in French may seem bizarre. However, as 24-year-old-old owner Fudy explains, the aim was to open a place with a laid-back, slow-paced atmosphere that diners can enjoy without restraint, laughing when they want to and kicking back with great company. Unlike most upscale Western and Japanese establishments, guests at L'Idiot don't need to dress or sit up straight for the occasion. It isn't overly noisy like most American-style fast food joints, either. L'Idiot provides casual, upscale, home-like ambiance with tables and chairs made from pale white Formosan michelia (wood), and books, paintings and photographs available within arm's reach. --By Josie Wu, translated by Ann Lee

A. Fudy cooks his dishes with seasonal ingredients and aims for cuisine that is simple but creative. The Duck Breast with Pickled Mango and Orange (NT$560) is a popular dish made with quality mountain duck from I-lan.

B. Pork Chop with Caramel Apple (NT$450) is a traditional European dish, while Tuna Nocoise (NT$350) is prepared with a typical Japanese defrost method; the tuna is taken out of the freezer and left at room temperature to provide a unique texture when mixed with the salad.

C. This visually stunning restaurant space is designed by Fudy's American friend. Walking through L'Idiot, visitors find themselves face to face with a fish-like installment situated near the entrance.