Monday, June 08, 2009
american/steak: TOSCANA at SHERWOOD HOTEL
at Sherwood Hotel, 1 FL
No. 111, MinSheng E Road, Sec. 3
hours: 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Kid friendliness: high chairs available. lots of finger foods available in salad/antipasti and dessert bar.
Visit reviewed: 3/8/2008
Toscana offers fine Italian dining and steaks in an upscale European setting. Make sure you don't miss the sprawling salad and antipasti bar, (which runs over NT$700 just by itself) as well as the dessert bar hiding in the back. The salad bar had a lot of build your own salad components, as well as freshly made Caesar salad, cheese platters (yum, Brie!) and lots of filling antipasto.
Our friend who chose the restaurant proclaimed that the grilled dry aged Smith and Wollensky New York cut steak was his favorite and that Toscana was the only restaurant here in Taipei that had chefs trained to prepare them.
I'm not a steak expert, I just like to eat them. Sometimes I can barely remember what kind of cut I like best. I tend to like my steaks juicy (probably = fatty) so I tend to lean toward the ribeye. Is that the right cut for me?
I got the set menu which included a soup, salad/antipasto bar, pasta, steak and dessert bar.
I have a faint recollection that our set menu was under NT$2000, but my friend was treating a group of us and I didn't take a picture of the menu, so I'm not sure. Currently, Toscana's set dinner menus run about NT$2650. Toscana is definitely a place to splurge, impress your date or use the corporate card.
I think I remember liking everything, but not being blown away. For an expensive dinner, personally I think you should definitely be gasping in delight over something, otherwise, why pay the higher price. But maybe the steak experts out there can divulge- is dry aged steak all that? Or maybe it's more appreciated when paired with the right wine?
So I'm slowly working through my list of backlogged posts. This one was for you, dessertobsessed!
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