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台北西門町意舍酒店:五樓餐廳讓您盡情「吃吧」!美式大份餐點!來了就「安吧」!Amba Hotel Taipei Ximen “Chiba” Restaurant Offers Family-Style Western Food for Shares

 

先看食記影片(Watch our video vlog first):

  • 殘編從小就叛逆難搞,13歲就逃家自己過生活,所以家庭式晚餐

分食式的的溫馨大餐,殘編在成長過程中都沒福氣享受到,再加上殘編從小在西方世界長大,不但思想觀念跟本地台灣人格格不入,講話也白目(語言不通+智商太低)常常得罪人自己都不知道,交朋友更是難上加難。所以儘管台灣桌菜好餐廳處處可見,殘編卻從來沒有交到夠多的酒肉豬朋狗友能湊滿一桌;直到認識了情比姐妹深的好朋友「大毛」。

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I’m a rebel, a difficult one. That’s no secret. I ran away from home when I was 13 years old. Therefore, growing up, I never had the luxury to enjoy a family-style shared dinner. I grew up in the western culture; not only does it make it hard to assimilate, with my low IQ and poor people skills (speaking with no-filter), it’s only reasonable that I have no friends even after 3 years of moving to Taiwan. Sharing-style fine restaurants are everywhere in Taiwan, I just never had enough friends to pig out with. Not until I met my best friend “Big Mou” in high school.

  • 認識臭味相投的大毛後,每當遇逢過年聖誕節等這種家人一定要聚在一起的佳節,「大毛」就會熱情邀約爹不疼娘不愛、像孤兒的殘編一同去享受充滿家庭溫暖的「毛家」吃「毛媽」親自做的充滿愛的家庭大餐。毛媽與毛爸用寬容的心接納我,殘編認識了一個好姐妹,還多了一個毛哥跟毛弟,還有把我當女兒的毛父母,實現我渴望的完美家庭的奢望,超划算!

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After knowing my partner-in-crime “Big Mou,” whenever there’s a family festival or holiday such as CNY or Christmas, she’d warmly invite me over for a “real” family meal. As a hobo, “count me in!” I’d always say. The Mous (Mou Ma) prepares every dish with much love. I know I can come off as a bad influence, but Mao Ma and Mao Da always accepted me as who I am with a big heart. Who knows, my “partner-in-crime”  came with a big bro, a little bro, and loving parents who completely accepted me as a daughter! It’s like the perfect family that I longed for has finally come true!<3

  • 難過的是…

自從「大毛」2004回美國之後,殘編就再也沒有吃過分食類的大餐。上週不知道是不是某慧星跟太陽、地球、月亮剛好平行還是木星移步天蠍座?繞著地球漂泊十多年,因為殘障才不甘心回台的殘編竟然有緣跟移居美國的大毛、時常出差的毛哥跟一位一樣也是移居LA的共同朋友在台北碰面。這種四根香蕉(外黃內白)湊一串的機會對多年不見的我們簡直比日全蝕還難見。

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Sadly, since “Big Mou” returned to the United States in 2004, I’ve never had a family-styled shared meal. Last week, I don’t know if the Sun, Moon and Earth just happened to align in space or if lucky star Jupiter just happened to move to Scorpio? I who have been wandering around the world for over ten years and only returned to Taiwan because of my GD stroke, had the chance to be on the same island and meet with Big Mou, who’s visiting from the States,  Mao Bro, who is usually on a business trip, and our  mutual friend who has also visiting from LA. The chances of four bananas (yellow skin and white heart) to meet in anywhere in the world is slimmer than a total eclipse.

  • 我們相約在西門町的Amba意舍旅館碰面。

 

Amba酒店位於誠品武昌店那邊,是一個複合式的旅館/酒店,雖然開業已久,殘編遲遲沒去過,因為沒機緣。Amba一樓有室外遮篷座位,適合天氣晴時吹吹風。五樓是 「吃吧」( Chiba) 意欲著就是要你盡情的「吃吧」 !「吧」又代表英文的「bar」,殘編這就雙中啊!

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We met at the Amba Hotel located at Ximending, Taipei. Amba Hotel Ximemding is located at Eslite Wuchang Store. It is a compound hotel equipped with just about everything you need. It was my first visit despite its long history since its inception. I just never had the chance. There is a patio on the first floor of Amba if you prefer fresh air. The restaurant “Chiba” is located on the 5th floor.”Chi (吃)” means “Eat” in Chinese whereas “ba” plays a pun on the Chinese final particle “ba(吧)” that solicits approval and the English word “bar.” Say what? Food and drinks? Hell Ya!

  • 吃吧餐廳空間寬敞

進去後是擺著咖啡機和杯子的自助餐式的吧台,殘編猜想是供應住宿旅客早餐用,除了座位多外,還有一整牆的書籍,很適合獨自旅行出差工作的旅客。我們桌子旁有蟻人的模型玩具,隨然是漫威殘編最看不起的人物,但姿勢卻還是讓我忍不住會心一笑。

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Chiba restaurant is spacious. It is equipped with a buffet-style bar with coffee machines and cups; I assume they’re for the breakfast buffet for its hotel guests. There is a wall full of books, which is ideal for solo-travelers or business trips. Our table is just beside the Ant-man figurines and Princess Fiona (Shrek’s girlfriend) toys. I despise Ant-man with all my heart, but his awkward pose just makes me LOL.

意舍旅館吃吧餐廳菜單/ Chiba restaurant, Amba Hotel Menu

吃吧菜單超厚ㄧ本,有各種西式料理,包括各種沙拉、、德國豬腳、肉肉大拼盤、海鮮拼盤、牛排、豬肋排、漢堡、義大利麵和燉飯,甜點還有現在流行的「鐵鍋鬆餅」。

比較特別的是底特律方型披薩,「底特律方型披薩」是用折疊層次揉出來的麵團透過低溫發酵製作而成的。與一般比薩比較起來,內部較鬆軟輕盈,外部酥脆。口味選擇多,適合2-3人分享。

吃吧菜單上的每一項份量都超大,適合大家分食,餐廳也很貼心的將建議一起分食的人數標註在每一道菜上,不怕點太多太少。

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Chiba‘s menu is extensive featuring a variety of Western dishes, including salads, Schweinshaxe, meat platters, seafood platters, steaks, pork ribs, burgers, pasta and risottos. Desserts include the new & popular dessert”skillet pancakes.”

One of the special items is the Detroit square pizza, which is made with layered dough and low-temperature fermenting, resulting in thicker and crispier crust on the outside and soft and light on the inside. There are many flavours to choose from, and it’s suitable for 2-3 people for sharing.

 

Every serving on the menu is on the larger side, perfect for sharing. The restaurant kindly notes the recommended number of people for sharing, making ordering a lot easier.

意舍旅館吃吧餐廳飲品/酒精飲料菜單 (

Chiba restaurant, Amba Hotel Drinks Menu)

飲料類有各類酒精性無酒精飲料,雞尾酒也可選擇有無酒精,是各種朋友都可以同桌的地方。

好久除了紅白酒之外還有「粉紅酒」跟「氣泡酒」,可以一杯一杯點或整瓶點都可以;啤酒有「加拿大精釀啤酒」、「艾爾」、「拉格」等,可選擇一瓶,價約落在 $250-$280,也可以跟美加的酒吧一樣選擇點一桶,價錢約在$720- $800,很合理。

吃吧加州紅酒 California Zinfandel at Chiba
吃吧加州紅酒
California Zinfandel at Chiba

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The drink menu at Chiba is extensive too, featuring all kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Cocktails can also be ordered as mocktails. Friends from all walks can make peace.

In addition to just red and white wine, there are also rose and sparkling wines, available by glass or bottles. Beer options include Canadian craft beer, Ale, Lager, etc.available by the bottle at the price of $250. -$280, or a keg for about a reasonable$720-$800, the North American way!

吃吧餐廳食物 / The Food at Chiba Restaurant

我們點了開胃菜「歡樂海洋: 白酒奶油蒸海蛤+嫩烤美國大蘆筍 」($360)、美國肋眼牛排 ($920)、「Omega-3能量補給煙燻鮭魚沙拉 」($360)、跟「美國南方鄉村炸雞」($550)

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We ordered appetizer “Creamy clam with American Asparagus” ($360), 10oz USDA Choice American Rib Eye Steak ($920), Omega-3 Energy Smoked Salmon Salad ($360), “Southern Fried Spring Chicken” ($550).

  • (開胃菜)歡樂海洋: 白酒奶油蒸海蛤+嫩烤美國大蘆筍 ($360) / “Creamy clam with American Asparagus” ($360)
歡樂海洋: 白酒奶油蒸海蛤+嫩烤美國大蘆筍 (Creamy clam with American Asparagus) ($360)
歡樂海洋: 白酒奶油蒸海蛤+嫩烤美國大蘆筍
(Creamy clam with American Asparagus) ($360)

這道是將美國超大蘆筍用白酒奶油燉煮配上鮮甜彈牙的海蛤和獨家厚製煙燻培根與蕃茄提味的湯汁,鮮甜可口!

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Jumbo asparagus is cooked with creamy white wine sauce and served with fresh clams and smoked bacon. The dish has natural sweetness and aromas of fresh seafood.

  • 美國肋眼牛排 ($920)/ USDA Choice American Rib Eye Steak ($920)
美國肋眼牛排 ($920)/ USDA Choice American Rib Eye Steak ($920)
美國肋眼牛排 ($920)/ USDA Choice American Rib Eye Steak ($920)

美國肋眼牛排使用 10oz USDA 肋眼牛排,配上烤蕃茄跟芝麻葉, 雖然不厚,但是很大片,令殘編佩服的是這種厚度的肋

眼牛排煎到從鬥到尾都是一切開就見新鮮粉嫩的五分熟,搭配附上的義式酸肉醬奶油讓人忍不住一口接一口,給廚師拍拍手!

 

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American ribeye steak uses 10oz USDA ribeye steak, topped with roasted tomatoes and asparagus and pre-cut for our convenience. The 10-oz meat is on the flatter & larger side. The medium-rare pink colour remains consistent from start to finish, kudos to the chef! pre-cuts the large piece of meat and saves us all the trouble. The sour cream that comes with the steak is perfect for dipping.

  • Omega-3能量補給煙燻鮭魚沙拉 ($360)Omega-3 Energy Smoked Salmon Salad ($360)

這道超營養的沙拉是用蘿蔓生菜鋪底,搭配大西洋的煙燻鮭和蕃茄莎莎隨餐附上香蒜麵包及帕瑪森起士和橄欖油,一次補足身體所需的omega-3脂肪酸與蛋白質,難怪取名「能量補給站」。

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This nutrient-packed salad is made with a bed of lettuce and with Atlantic smoked salmon and tomato salsa, topped with a large piece of garlic bread with Parmesan cheese and olive oil. The Omega-3 fatty acids and Proteins in this bowl will provide you the energy you need for the day!

·       美國南方鄉村炸雞 ($550) / Southern Fried Spring Chicken ($550)

·       這道其實是偷看到別桌都在點,互相看到口水直流的我們很有默契的默默一致附議「必點」。

這一道炸雞是用美國自然春雞搭配脆薯,真的超美式超大份,感覺就是老美的STYLE,雞炸到皮脆肉嫩多汁,菜單建議「適2至3人分享」,但殘編覺得這樣吮指回味的品質可以像在家裡吃炸雞桶一樣,配上大口啤酒(多喝酒傷身),多點幾分都吃得完。

炸雞附上「霹靂霹靂辣醬」跟「可爾必思塔塔醬」,「可爾必思塔塔醬」偏甜,「霹靂霹靂辣醬」偏辣,是殘編比較喜歡的口味<3

 

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This dish is a mutual decision to order after a sneak peek at the other tables, a must-order
This humungous portion of fried chicken is made with American natural spring chicken and comes with a side of crisp fries, true American style. The chicken skin is fried to crispy and the meat is tender and juicy. The menu suggests the dish “for 2 to 3 people” to share, but I’m pretty sure with a pint of beer, a few more orders wouldn’t hurt. (please drink responsibly. The Fried chicken is served with a “Spicy Sauce” that adds a kick and a tartar sauce”. I personally like the former one better.

  • 自拍打卡天堂 / Selfie Station

 

自拍打卡天堂 / Selfie Station
自拍打卡天堂 / Selfie Station

離開前有一桌超卡哇依的自拍小道具,像博士帽、爆米花、「IDid It」(我做到了!)、「Let’sParty!」(我門開吧!)等彩色英文字樣,讓只喜歡「幕後」攝影師的殘編都想留步來個三八自拍呢!

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On our way out, we spotted a table of fun photo props like graduation hats and signs with colourful words like“IDid It,” “Let’s Party,” and so on. Even I who only prefer to stay “behind the scenes” to make art almost stopped to take a brainless selfie.

  • 同層的「聽吧」似乎是意舍酒店的音樂酒吧,可邊享受LIVE音樂跟喝好喝的雞尾酒、調酒。

一樓的「甜吧」則是可以吃飽後甜甜嘴的蛋糕店,有賣巧克力布朗尼、起士蛋糕、提拉米蘇跟檸檬塔等點心,是甜點控的天堂。

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On our way out, we spotted a table of fun photo props like graduation hats and signs with colourful words like”IDid It,” “Let’s Party,” and so on. Even I who only prefers to stay “behind the scenes” almost stopped to take a brainless selfie.
Tingba,” which is on the same level of Amba Hotel Ximen seems to be a live music lounge with great cocktails and live music.
Tianba(sweet bar)” on the first floor is a dessert bar with sweets like brownies, cheesecakes, tiramisu, and lemon tarts. It is a paradise for the sweet tooth.

  • 台北西門町意舍酒店五臟俱全,東西好吃,感覺出差入宿這裡,就不用離開此大樓了。下次殘編家裡颱風來也要考慮來這避風,體驗它們整套的服務!

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Taipei Ximending Amba Hotel is well-organized and seems to include everything. If you stay here, you won’t even have to leave the building. Perfect for business trips. Maybe next time I’ll stay here when I run away from home to experience all their services!