Offbeat eateries -- Hospital style in Taipei


Tired of the same old Applebee's and Cracker Barrel fare? Well, fortunately, you're living in the 21st century, where choice reigns. We've pulled together some suggestions for places that offer novel dining experiences.

Concept restaurants come in all flavors, some of which leave me shaking my head. Among those include the DS Music Restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan, where hospital is the motif.

The décor is straight out of ER -- crutches, x-rays, wheelchairs, tables resembling hospital beds, all those items that apparently, serve to whet the Chinese appetite. The wait staff is garbed in medical gear, too, as nurses (sporting rabbit ears, a bit of a break in the theme,) and doctors.

The menu is not so much hospital-inspired, though, I didn't see any Jello side dish offered with the "Pretty good XO sauce stir-fry prawn ball." Vodka punch is served in an IV bottle. Groups can be seated in the separate Intensive Care Unit.

Somehow, when I hear the word hospital, I don't think of good food, attentive service or reasonable prices. Things must be different in Taipei.