Wang Steak (Wáng Pǐn 王品)
If you’re looking for some higher-end dining and a good chunk of meat, the Taiwan chain called Wang Steak has a location in Tainan. This is a full-service, fine-dining restaurant with dim mood lighting, quality furnishings, and stylish tableware. Eating there was a serious divergence from the bian dang hole-in-the-walls that I usually frequent, and it reminded me of the days when I used to live in luxury hotels and eat in their restaurants on a daily basis. Wang Steak also reminded me that my belly isn’t as strong as it used to be, as I haven’t digested such a large portion of meat quite some time.
The menu is set at NT$1200 per person for a full course meal. The number of courses are set, but there are choices for almost ever one of them. You can choose your salad, soup, main course, and dessert. There is more than steak available as a main course, of course. You can order veal, pork ribs, lamb chops, or cod and prawn among other choices; however, there are no vegetarian options. There’s a ten percent service charge on top of the bill. Unlike some restaurants in Taiwan, the service is very attentive and they earn their money. There’s also an additional charge for wine. The house wine is not expensive, but it isn’t very good either. Check to see if they have a wine list. The meal does offer a lot of food, so take your time eating it. Be warned that eating the bread bowl that comes with the corn soup may push you over the limit.
One of the reasons I wanted to try this restaurant was that it’s inside of a building I’ve been curious about for a long time. The tall white tower on Nanmen Road across from the flower market has always piqued my interest as an odd piece of architecture for Tainan. I thought for sure it was a Japanese-era building that had been well-restored. It reminds me of run-down 1950s-era hotels along the strip in Acapulco for some reason. After poking around for information on the history of the building and careful inspection of the building’s surface, I discovered that the building isn’t very old at all. It just had a nostalgic architect.
Wang Steak is on the first two floors of this building. Window-seating on the second floor is the way to go if you can swing it. It gets pretty busy on the weekends and reservation are a must during the prime dining hours. They have an English menu, but don’t expect a high level of English fluency from the staff. Free parking is available.
Hours: 11:30AM ~ 2:30pm; 5:30PM ~ 10:00PM
Phone: (06) 2137966
Location: No. 121 Nanmen Road (南門路), West Central District, Tainan City