德克斯先生牛排 – 平安夜裡的平價牛排館 / Mr. Texas Steak Taipei – A Spontaneous Christmas Eve at a Cheap Steakhouse

德克斯先生牛排 – 平安夜裡的平價牛排館 / Mr. Texas Steak Taipei – A Spontaneous Christmas Eve at a Cheap Steakhouse

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(English translarion by Tanya / 英譯:殘編)

沒有任何準備的平安夜,跳出舒適圈來到一家平價牛排館:位於台北新莊區德克斯先生牛排。餐廳一角是毫不起眼的沙拉吧,不免一開始就讓我有些失望。然而從點菜時自信值爆滿的老闆態度中,感覺出(一開始還覺得他態度不夠好)這家立足新莊的老牛排館食材毫不馬虎。牛排館內的食客形形色色,「幸運」的我們竟然也在旁邊看了一場比八點鄉土劇更真實的現代浪(爛)漫(爆)愛情劇。

English version / 英文版:
On an unplanned Christmas Eve, I spontaneously decided to jump out of my comfort zone and went to Mr. Texas Steak, a cheap Steakhouse located in Taipei‘s Xin Zhuang District. The unremarkable salad bar In the corner of the restaurant was a bit disappointing. However, from the owner’s proud attitude when taking our orders, I sensed that it has more to offer. I was right; for a “cheap steakhouse,” the ingredients of this steakhouse are not sloppy at all.
Diners from all walks of life dine in this steakhouse, and we were lucky enough to witness a couple’s reality show in real-life that happened right beside us.

坐下沒多久,來了一個穿著時髦紅大衣、戴著紅色貝蕾帽的妙齡女子。老闆用十分溫柔、客氣的語調幫她點菜(相形之下,我們剛才真的是快問快答,感覺菜單都還沒拿好,就被收走了。)難道這正是媽媽常警惕我們的,社會上很多人都是看人出菜?
正當我們感到納悶時,這位女子電話中似乎在指引電話另一端的友人如何來到餐廳。此時,我心裡嘗試勾勒出她的友人,應該是個顏值擔當不差的男子吧!?過不久,一個穿著普通、長相也普通的男生,一股腦兒地坐在女子對面。

The stylish customer at Mr. Texas Steakhouse Taipei xinzhuang 德克斯先生牛排台北新莊

English version / 英文版:
Not long after we took our seats, a fashionable young lady dressed in a red coat and red beret hat walked in. Her whole outfit screamed style. The owner was exceptionally polite and patient when taking her order. In contrast, we felt we were being rushed when we ordered and didn’t even get the chance to read the full menu before they were snapped away from our hands. I guess my mom was right, “out in the real world, people get fed based on their social norms. Just as we were starting to feel a bit bitter, the lady took out her phone. It seemed like she was guiding her friend on the other end on the way to the restaurant. I pictured a dapper man on the other end of the phone. It turns out the friend was just an ordinary man dressed in blah clothes.

  • 八點擋似的加菜的真人小劇場 / The Drama:

男:這家有那麽好嗎?妳說中誠路 明明是中誠街。
女:中誠路和街差不多啊!這裡只有這條嘛!
男:妳知不知道我過來要坐一個多小時的公車?
女:我也是坐公車來的啊!
男(起身):我不吃了。
嚇得ㄧ旁雞婆熱心的我大聲說:「欸,聖誕節不要這樣啦!」
女子隨後就自個兒點了一份牛排繼續吃,卻再也沒那個男子身影。
心中小劇場出現的是:她們是情侶?還是網友第一次見面?
平安夜裡雖然上演著這齣戲,但是我們身後那桌父子卻有默契地吃著牛排,讓人倍感溫馨。

Diners at Mr. Texas Steakhouse Taipei xinzhuang 德克斯先生牛排台北新莊

English version / 英文版:
Man:” What’s good about this restaurant? You said Zhongcheng “Road,” it’s Zhongcheng ‘Street.'”
Woman: “What’s the difference? There’s only one street named “Zhongcheng” here!”
Man: “Do you know that I had to take the bus for more than an hour to come here?”
Woman: “I came by bus, too!”
Man (gets up): “I lost my appetite.”
I tried to cool them down by saying, “Come on, guys, it’s Christmas Eve.”
The “ungentle” man stormed out and never returned. Leaving the lady dining by herself.
The real-life drama left me wondering if they were couples or on a first-time Tinder date.
The reality show was a bummer on Christmas Eve. However, the father and son dining at the table behind us warmed our hearts again.

 

從父親黝黑的膚色與穿著,感覺得出他可能是個藍領階級(後來聽他講電話,似乎是東南亞移工)。他對面的小男孩很有教養的一口一口地吃著他的兒童餐(餐內僅有麵和蔬菜,以及他爸爸切小塊分給他的羊排肉)。男孩小心翼翼地觀察羊肉好一會兒,再很珍惜地吃進嘴裡。剎那間我紅了眼眶,想著在這樣的平安夜裡,男孩的媽媽是否安好?
願大家有個美好的平安夜

English version / 英文版:
Judging by the dad’s darker skin complexion and clothing, I guessed he’s most likely a blue-collar worker. His conversation on the phone later proved me right. He was a blue-collar worker from Southeast Asia. His little boy sat across him. His order was the children’s special. The children’s meal consists of only noodles and vegetables, without meat. The little boy ate his food with table manners while his dad carefully cuts his lamb chops into small pieces and place them into his son’s plate. The little boy stared at the precious little lamb chops for a good while before cherishingly feeding them into his mouth. The scene brought tears to my eyes, hoping the mother is also having a blessed Christmas Eve.
I hope everyone had a merry Christmas!

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