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Monday, July 28, 2008

Straight to the Vein

If you have an odd hankering for hospital food,
then D.S Music Restaurant, a Taipei restaurant-bar with a medical theme, may appeal.

Customers sit around a hospital bed as drinks drip into their glasses from a vat suspended from the ceiling. At the bar in Shenzhen, China, staff dressed as nurses serve drinks from syringes and test tubes.

(02) 2587-3226 7, XinSheng N Rd, Sec 3 Hours: Sun-Thu 6 pm-2:30 am; Fri/Sat 6 pm-4 am Visa and Mastercard accepted. 10% service charge. MRT: MinQuan W Rd

A Taipei restaurant-bar is letting visitors order "medicine" from a menu and dripping it into their glasses from a transparent ceiling-suspended vat, becoming the latest oddball themed restaurant in Taiwan's capital.

As many as 10 visitors can sit around each bed at the D.S. Music Restaurant, a hospital-themed eatery, and watch showgirls dance on weekend nights or chat up "nurses" whose rabbit-ears complement their starched white uniforms.

The 130-seat restaurant, which features crutches hung from the walls and a wheelchair parked in the lobby, is the only one with a hospital theme in Taiwan.

Other touches include a sign marked "emergency room" leading to the toilets.

"Food is hard to compete on with other restaurants, so the part we emphasise is service," says assistant manager Ou Chia-hao, brother of the 29-year-old owner.

"In Taipei, pressure on people is high, and they want a place near home where they can feel relaxed."

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