We came to this restaurant based on the recommendation of the staff at the Bayview and the fact that it was within easy walking distance of the hotel so we wouldn't have to catch a cab into town for dinner.
On approach it looks like a sort of typical beach restaurant -- somewhat weathered outside, big, open, high-ceiling'd space inside with standard beach-shack decor and wonderful views of the water to take in. In short, nothing special, but certainly appealing.
The restaurant was not busy at all. The waitress who greeted us as we entered was very friendly and spoke English very well, and after bringing us a pitcher of ice-cold, mint-scented water (a nice touch) gave us plenty of time to peruse the set menu options.
When our food came we were shocked by both the quality of the food and its beautiful presentation -- it was as fine a meal as I've had in any top-notch western restaurant in Europe or the US, and it was absolutely NOT what I was expecting to find in a little fishing village in Taiwan! From the starter to the soup, the main course and the excellent desserts (not to the mention the goat's milk coffee, which was lovely) it was absolutely divine.
By Taiwan standards it is definitely a little pricey, but by US standards it was more than reasonable. You could not have found an equivalent meal for anything close to the price, and especially not in such a charming and unexpected location.
[One thing to note, if you like wine with your meals like I do: The restaurant does sell wine, but only by the bottle. We ordered some and it was actually pretty decent, but wine is especially expensive in China and Taiwan, even for what would be considered a middle-of-the-road bottle in the US, so maybe check the price before ordering so you don't get sticker shock. It's not crazy expensive or anything, but since everything else is so reasonably priced you could be caught off guard when the bill comes. Just FYI.]
We enjoyed our evening there so much we came back again for lunch on another day, and were equally pleased. Because the portions were so large and we didn't want to stuff ourselves before going on a hike, we ordered one set lunch to split between the two of us and an extra soup, which they happily accommodated, even splitting it onto two plates without us asking.
I absolutely recommend this restaurant, and if we ever make our way back to Hualien we will be dining here for sure!
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