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Donnerstag, März 06, 2008

Restaurant Mykonos Taipei, Taiwan



German below, Deutsch unten !!!

ENGLISH:
I am a brave guy, that's why I wasn't scared when we went to a Greek restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan. I live in Taiwan so it's no wonder I can't just go to the Metaxa or Nikki restaurant in Laatzen, Lower Saxony, Germany as YOU can (visit the Cebit computer fair and you are practically forced to go there). I have to cope with an Asian interpretation of Greek food. I should have been scared, because the Taiwanese interpret Italian cooking as being mostly about fish. Fish lasagne, fish sphagetti, fish risotto, it's a wonder there's no bloody fish tiramisu at the end.

Well, restaurant Mykonos (there's a Mykonos in Laatzen, Germay as well I think) does not do it that way, it was a surprisingly good restaurant, tasted real and not like some sweet and sour with rice interpretation of European cooking, which is so common in Taiwan otherwise.

Of course, as I had suspected, it did not have Giros, the Greek copy of Turkish Kebab meat on a pole, which Germans love soooooo much (me too). I heard it before, Giros, being the essential part of each Greek meal in a Greek Restaurant in Germany is NOT really Greek, Greeks don't eat it. So they didn't have it there in Taipei, no wonder.


You can see a Toyota (virtually always) and the 101 skyscraper, being the highest house of the world (unless dark or smog is very thick) standing in front of the Mykonos

Yeah, that really looks Greek to me
19, Lane 76, SiWei Road
(02) 2704-2960
Hours: 12 Noon - 11 pm Monday to Sunday

European food in Asia is precious to me, so I had dressed up in blue and white (trouser not on the pic because of sauce stains) and had even prepared a GREEK NOSE for the event!


Regarding colours, my favourite nephew totally screwed up.

Tasted as in a Greek restaurant in Germany, so that must be genuine Greek!
Lamb chops

In German Greek restaurants fish is usually bad and dry, as Germans love meat. Here, the salmon was juicy, fresh and delicious. I stole most of it from my wife.

My meat was good, but a bit boring in taste. Me then using a lot of lemon made it taste like ... well, lemon

Greek (well, what else) omelette. Was good!

All photos: mobile phone pics by me. As I forgot to take a photo of the excellent Moussaka which I had I show a pic of it from Taipeitimes review of the restaurant (Moussaka in the background):


photo: Taipeitimes
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2005/08/05/2003266555

So... was a great visit. Missed the red wine (my Taiwan family thinks that's poison) and the Giros though ....


GERMAN, Deutsch:

Etwas mulmig war mir beim Besuch eines Griechen hier in Taipei, schließlich interpretieren die Taiwanesen die italienische Küche sehr fischig, von Fischlasagne über Fischrisotto etc. bis hin zu Fisch-Tiramisu. Nein, das Fisch-Tiramisu habe ich mir ausgedacht, ich gebe es zu. Würden sie also die griechische Küche genauso fischig interpretieren? Trockenes Fleisch und frischer Fisch? Das wäre dann andersherum als beim Griechen in Deutschland. Die Antwort ist NEIN!


Tatsächlich war das Essen sehr gut, insbesondere der Lachs war, wie konnte man es im fischverrückten Taiwan anders erwarten, zart frisch und schmackhaft. Giros allerdings suchte man auf der Karte vergeblich, das ist ja bekanntlich die von Griechen für den deutschen Markt erdachte Adaption des türkischen Döner Kebab. Mein Fleisch war gut, aber etwas langweilig im Geschmack, was sich mit Zitrone überwinden ließ. Ausgeprochen gut das Moussaka, auch wenn meine taiwanesischen Mitesser der kartoffeligen und naturgemäß etwas schweren Speise sehr skeptisch gegenüber standen. Leider hielten sie auch Rotwein für eine westliche Designerdroge, was mir doch etwas weh tat, so rotweinlos. Aber ich musste ja schließlich noch zurückfahren und meine auf dem Foto simulierte griechische Nase (soll gerade als Stirnfortsatz verlaufen und nicht abgewinkelt sein nach dem hellenischen Schönheitsideal) sollte ja auch heile bleiben...


Kommentare:

Stefan hat gesagt…

Thanks for this post - I'll take my wife there next time we are in Taipei. Normally I'd only eat Taiwanese food when in Taiwan, but we met in Greece originally, so I think she'll get a kick out of that. :-)

Anonym hat gesagt…

hallo! bin gerade auf deinen blog gestoßen, liest sich größtenteils superwitzig. In besagtem restaurant war ich letztes jahr auch, fisch war sehr lecker. Ich bin student und war 1 jahr in taipei zum auslandstudium, nun bin ich immer wieder hier in den semesterferien, um meine freundin zu besuchen...

Fun Gus or Fun Gi hat gesagt…

Thanks for posting this as I'm visiting family in Taipei this week and looking for a Greek restaurant to check out that has a chance of actually being Greek. A friend of mine from HK (where I live) is Greek/English used to live in Taipei and he told me that this is the best/only place in Taiwan to get decent Greek food. So great minds (or stomachs) think alike. Cheers!

Jörg hat gesagt…

Toller Blog!
Schau doch auch mal auf meinem Blog vorbei! :-)