[Taipei] Mr J French-Italian Restaurant II
Taiwanese megastar Jay Chou 周杰倫 has 2 restaurants named Mr J in Taipei. Since we appreciate both his music and movies, it was a no-brainer when it came to deciding whether to visit one of the restaurants while we on holiday there. Being skeptical of the quality of the food in celebrity restaurants, we did some research and read that the second restaurant (Mr.J 義法廚房II) generally serves better food and is themed based on his movie “Secret” (不能說的秘密). It was a movie that both of us really liked so that was a good opportunity to revisit the good memories.
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This second restaurant is situated in the campus of the Taipei Medical University. Not as accessible as we would like it to be as it is not near an MRT station. The closest station would be Taipei City Hall. We took a cab from our hotel in Ximending and it only cost us a little over NT$200 (approx SGD$9). The restaurant is the entire circular glass wall structure on the left, quite a nice design.
This is at the foot of the entrance. I guess everyone would have a comment about the spelling
Inside the restaurant, looking outwards at the entrance. A gigantic head of Optimus Prime sits just above, not sure of the relation to Jay Chou though, maybe he just loves the character. You can see the posters of his movies for The Treasure Hunter and The Green Hornet as well.
The set menu is in Chinese though the rest of the menu is in English and Chinese. Set 1 – order a main dish (pasta/risotto or pizza) and add NT$99 for garlic bread, soup, salad, drink and dessert. Set 2, order a main dish and add NT$59 for garlic bread, salad or soup and a drink. We both took set 1 as we wanted to pick more items.
From our research, we read that it was best to make a reservation as it is usually quite packed and our hotel was nice enough to make the call for us. The restaurant only holds reservations for 10 mins, however when we reached there, there were only 2 other tables, and by the time we left, the place is only about 60% occupied. -_-” Maybe because it was a weekday? My own observation about the level of service here, a few of the waitresses/waiters were kinda ‘cold’, not rude, but they lacked a smile and hardly spoke (the waitress manning the cashier was friendly), in contrast to the very warm and enthusiastic service we enjoyed everywhere else in Taipei. Perhaps they were influenced by the cool image of Jay Chou? The other observation I had was that they served the salad and main course without waiting for your soup to be finished.
Mr J French-Italian Restaurant II (Mr.J 義法廚房II)
Official website: www.mrj-tw.com (in Chinese)
Address: No.43, Ln. 308, Guangfu S.Rd., Da-an Dist. Taipei City
Nearest MRT station: Taipei City Hall
Opening Hours: 12:00 to 22:00 (Mon – Sun)
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This article is penned by contributing writer, B
wiffy: I call this place the “Jay Chou themepark” because the place is adored with everything Jay, and with Jay’s music playing in the background. As a fan, I am happy to be there. I personally enjoyed my starter dish of pumpkin soup and garlic bread a little more than my main course of mentaiko pasta since I don’t take too well to creamy pasta (didn’t expect it to be so creamy). They made a huge deal about the reservation over the phone – they needed a mobile number even though ours are not local lines, and emphasizing that they will only hold our seats for 10 minutes (the website indicated 15 minutes), luckily we got our hotel to book for us. But overall, I would say it’s still a nice place for Jay’s fans to check out in Taipei, and it’s the next best thing to seeing Jay Chou in person hehehe