Thursday, May 03, 2007
italian: DIAMOND TONY's in Tien Mu
148-4, Zhong Shan North Road, Sec 7,
Tien Mu, Taipei
(02) 2873 6397
Lunch: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Dinner: 5 PM - 12 AM
11:30AM - 12 Midnight
Visit reviewed: 12/27/2006
So I will admit that the food is a lot better at the flagship Diamond Tony's in Tien Mu than the Diamond Tony's at 101. However the service could still be a little quicker, especially if you are on the clock at lunch hour. But at least it's a bit friendlier and they don't give you an "I don't care if you complain, there's nothing you can do about it" attitude that seemed to sweep over the 101 location.
The lunch set menu comes with a soup, appetizer/salad and dessert at NT$499 for 2 starters (appetizer, soup or salad), pasta, drink and dessert. Their minestrone soup was more like a beef vegetable soup, with no tomato flavor at all. It still tasted good, it just wasn't minestrone.
One of Diamond Tony's most popular appetizer seems to be the Crab dip and bread. The dip is creamy and served warm, but there's no noticeable crab in the dip. However, it's a perfect partner for the addictive pan bread which is also served warm with a crispy crust and chewy interior with parmesan garlic flavor.
I actually really enjoyed the caesar which had smoked cheese, grated parmesan, and micro-croutons sprinkled among the crisp romaine. I savored each bite of the smoked cheese.
The main dish came much later than the appetizer and soups did, but at least four of the six main dishes came at the same time.
I ordered the lasagna, which was not bad- good portion, nice flavor. The seafood cream fettucine was also miles above the 101 Diamond Tony's in which every pasta dish was just a glop on a plate.
What seemed like an eternity later, talking while staring at the emptying chairs nearby, our desserts came.
The fruit sorbet was a nice cap to the meal and there was some chocolate cake floating on the table too. The lunch set is a good price for the amount of food that you get, especially if you have a larger group then you can share the starters. The open airy space is also less claustrophobic than the dark 101 space, and the colorful tables are nice area to have conversation while you are waiting for the different parts of your meal.
Other locations in Taipei
Diamond Tony's at 101 Mall, 4th FL
Diamond Tony's at Mitsukoshi, A4
6F, No.19, Sung-Kao Rd
11:30 AM- 10 PM