Spanish restaurant hosts an eclectic feast of art and cuisine
By Chi-hao James Lo ,The China Post
April 19, 2014, 12:17 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Opened in an alley next to Dunhua South Road, VIVO is a Spanish restaurant with a heightened aesthetic sense as its brand philosophy. Providing patrons with the highest quality in cuisine and wine, VIVO prices their items at an affordable price while immersing customers in a New Age ambience with both modern and classic art pieces from the personal collection of restaurant owner Ju (孫淑珠).
As wife to the CEO of Antec Inc., an American-based company specializing in the manufacture of components and accessories for personal computers, Ju decided to return to Taiwan to open the restaurant out of her personal love for food and her love of sharing.
During her travels around the globe, Ju fell in love with the Spanish food Tapas during her time in Barcelona. Her instinct as a foodie inspired her to seek out local chefs who she interviewed personally in the hopes of giving a permanent invitation to a pair of hands that she knew would grasp the taste buds of Taiwanese customers.
Ju soon found Chef Sergio Lahora Cruz, a graduate of Escuela de Hostelería Hofmann in Spain, whose expertise in Tapas and various Spanish cuisines can be now found at VIVO in Taipei.
From the "ensalada con romesco y carne de cangrejo" crab-oil salad to the "Americana de Angus 35oz huesco en el Ganado de costilla" American rib-eye, the restaurant is never short of delicacies made to satisfy both the hunger and the palate of visiting customers. Ju and her husband also took it upon themselves to establish a wine importing company to import wine in partnership with a European vineyard that best suits the taste of Chef Sergio's entrées.
The restaurant is also filled with visually abstract furniture to bring alive the New Age sense of peace and ambience as well as classical art pieces from masters such as Karl Lagerfeld to immerse patrons in an exquisite dining experience to titillate all of their senses.
Named VIVO, meaning "alive" in Spanish, Ju has named both her restaurant and her wine series to provide her patron and friends with the sense of being alive when they walk out of her aesthetic restaurant, one that drowns its visitors in a sea of delicious delicacies and visual delight.