Tao’s has an unique philosophy centred around fusion. At its core, the place appears to be Taiwanese, especially with its Chinese name, Oriental style décor, and menu containing Chinese characters. But it’s really a Taiwanese restaurant serving Japanese food, with French, Pan-Asian, and local Australian influences.
It was a the perfect venue for T to have dinner with my parents (for the very first time). The menu provided T with plenty of semi-familiar dishes, just as it provided Mummy and I with a few novel combinations to ooh and ahh over. My dad, being cool the way he is, had actually recommended the venue. Perhaps because of its wide appeal, it’s also a popular choice for doing business and he had visited quite a few times previously.
Dad put us all on the banquet menu which gave us the option to choose an entrée, main and desert each. This is in contrast to most Chinese banquets where dishes are ordered to be shared amongst the table. I giggled a little at the fact that a standard three course menu was being marketed as a banquet menu to inspire patrons to observe a Western sequence and style of dining.