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[Taipei] Mr J French-Italian Restaurant II

Mr J II Restaurant, Taipei
Mr J French-Italian Restaurant II, Taipei

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.

Mr J II Restaurant at Taipei Medical University
Taipei Medical University

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.

Mr J II Restaurant at Taipei Medical University
You can see this sign on top of the glass wall.

Mr.J 義法廚房II
The entrance is at the walkway leading to the lobby of the university.

Jay Chou Restaurant
Mr J logo on the glass door entrance.

Mr J Restaurant
This is at the foot of the entrance. I guess everyone would have a comment about the spelling :P

Entrance (Mr J II)
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.

Mr J French Italian Restaurant II
The glass walls and high ceiling allow a lot of natural light into the restaurant, so it is brightly lit throughout.

Mr J II Restaurant, Taipei
Some large posters from the movie, Secret.

Mr J II Restaurant, Taipei
This is a wishing tree for charity. You can buy a paper heart from the counter, sign it with a message and hang it here.

Piano from Jay Chou's Movie Secret
The actual piano from the movie! Feel free to sit and pose with it for photographs as long as you do not touch the keys.

Piano at Mr Jay II Restaurant
*MOVIE SPOILER*: The note says “Kindly do not play the piano lest you be transported 20 years back”. :P

Menu
The cover of the menu is designed like a book for a musical score.

Set Lunch Menu
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.

Our table at Mr J French Italian Restaurant II
Nice presentation as part of the starters.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin soup. Nice!

Tomato Soup
Tomato vegetable soup.

Garlic Bread
Garlic bread for the soup, I like the golden brown colour and it has a touch of cheese.

Salad
There are 2 different dressings for the salad you can choose from. This is salad with Japanese dressing.

Salad
Salad with black vinaigrette

Carbonara
Fettuccine Alla Carbonara, NT$180. Super creamy. It was a pretty large portion and I could barely finish it because of all the cream. The overall taste was not too bad.

Carbonara with Potatoes
There are mushrooms and bacon in the carbonara.

Mentaiko Pasta
Spaghetti Mentaiko, NT$250. The rich and creamy mentaiko spaghetti.

Mentaiko Pasta
Here’s a closer look. The noodles were almost al-dente.

Chocolate Cake
The cake was pretty good and we were glad it was a small slice. We were already very full from the main course by then.

Drinks
One milk tea and one lemon tea.

Bill
Our bill for the meal came up to NT$691 including 10% service charge, not too shabby for a restaurant western meal for 2.

Secret Poster 不能说的秘密
A framed picture from the movie.

Jay Chou's Album Covers
Some of the earlier albums are displayed here.

Mr Jay II Restaurant, Taipei
This is part of the wall halfway between the ceiling and the bottom half of the building. Nice design.

Mr J Guitar
Nice guitar, I think he carried this in one of his music videos.

Mr J II Restaurant, Taipei
This is the front counter where the cashier is.

Jay Chou Golden Horse and MTV Movie Award Trophies
This is the trophy cabinet showcasing the actual MTV Music, Golden Melody and Golden Horse awards.

Jay Chou's memorabilia
These are some of the merchandise that you can buy.

Jay Chou's memorabilia
Some books for sale. I suppose this has to do with his music.

Jay Chou's memorabilia
Some other merchandise which are no longer for sale.

Jay Chou's Magnets :P
We decided to buy 1 set of magnets as a souvenir (four for NT$160).

Mr.J 義法廚房II

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? :P The other observation I had was that they served the salad and main course without waiting for your soup to be finished. :P

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
地址: 台北市大安區光復南路308巷43號
Opening Hours: 12:00 to 22:00 (Mon – Sun)
Tel: 02-2778-7833

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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

   

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8 Responses to “[Taipei] Mr J French-Italian Restaurant II”

  1. Camemberu — March 25, 2012 @ 1:50 am

    Haha. I want to come here, even though I heard food is not really the focus.

    Reply

  2. jan — April 17, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    Wow! You’re so lucky to have been there!
    I fully intend to visit Taipei soon, hopefully next year when he holds another series of solo concerts.
    And when I do, this restaurant will definitely be on the agenda…amongst his other restaurants…eg Deja Vu and also his recently-opened tofu shop. :)

    Reply

  3. Debbie — May 15, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    Hi, did you make reservation before you went to the restaurant?
    I tried to make one but they no reply, it’s been a week…=(

    Reply

  4. jan — May 15, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    I made reservations online when I went to Taipei in December.
    They were quite prompt in replying and very accomodating.

    Try this link:

    http://www.butaya-tw.com/mrj/a5.php

    And do check out my Jay Chou blog too!

    Reply

  5. jan — May 15, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    Hi Wiffy!

    I finally got to visit this beautiful restaurant in December 2012!!
    LOVED IT!!!

    Check out my blog post for this:

    http://jaychoudiaoness.blogspot.sg/2012/12/mr-j-french-italian-restaurant-ii-mrj-ii.html

    Reply

  6. Debbie — May 15, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    Hi, I followed exactly before asking you & also went the website you sent & sent a email to them mrj.mrj@msa.hinet.net ),
    Sent in english dated 7 May, resend in chinese dated 12 May but until today still no reply…I intend to visit end of Jun, looked like i have try go without reservation…
    Thanks!
    Bit Sad…

    Reply

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