Glad you found your way over here. I was about to ask you to continue our budding epicurean dialogue on the AP forum over here...
Ruth Chris' is one of the safer bets for beef in Taipei (Trader Vics used to be great, but when I left Taipei about 18 months ago, their quality was uneven. Interesting that they both share a common owner, who of all things also owns the Swenson's Franchise...)
I strongly recommend you try Tutto Bello (call Samson Mui ahead of time and tell him I referred you, from the US...ask him to prepare their special beef and zabaglione for you, the way he used to do it for me...)
Also, for an incredible "smoked" duck breast and beef short ribs, try the little "pub" across An Ho Street from the Tuntex residential complex (where ex-PM. Siao W.C. lives). Mr. Chen also has a pretty fair selection of wine from around the world, and has it priced pretty reasonably. In fact, all his "smoked" meats, and including his lamb chops, are pretty awesome. (I don't remember the name of the restaurant right now, but it will come back to me.)
Ah...just writing about this brings back wonderful memories of many interesting meals...
I've deleted most of my dinner write ups from the server host for this site, as ThePurist178.com has evolved from a personal site to a community oriented site, but this one is still up -
Restaurant 106 in Taichung
Look forward to much food and wine views from you, Tim!
ps: sorry if my writing is a bit "fuzzy" - just got back from a Vacheron Constantin event, that was co-hosted by Wine Spectator and Beringer. The Chard, the meritage, and the Cabs (95 and 96) were very nice! ('96 much more approachable, drinkable now...the '95 was still too hard, a bit too closed and harsh at this time) but I am afraid I might have had a glass too many...funny how alcohol tolerance goes down as well as up...
You know, as I sit here typing this, I realize how sad I feel about not being able to write as much as I used to...I never realized how much time and effort ADMINISTERING and developing this site would take up, leaving me so very little time left to write, myself. I am very proud of how this site has developed, thanks to our loyal community members and to our staunch and active supporters like Andrew L and Tom G and John and Curtis and alex...the feeling is so bittersweet...This truly is a labour of love, a purist drive to share that which inspires us and which brings us much joy and enjoyment.