Taipan, at 108 Chestnut St., is a new, attractive Asian-fusion restaurant serving some very good food.
It is sleek and sophisticated looking, narrow, with low lights, attractively decorated. Not BYOB.
We started with a Thai Basil Coconut & Corn Clam Chowder (I'm quoting from the menu) that was really marvelous. It was served in an unusual bowl that slanted - beautifully presented, with a crunchy rice wafer for crumbling and putting in the soup.
My entree was a sesame crusted pan seared Ahi tuna, done rare the way I like it - excellent. My husband had the Asian Pear veal chop, which he liked very much, and our friend had the Oolong Tea Smoked Duck Breast which looked beautiful and which he enjoyed immensely. (I didn't get to taste it). The side was a medley of vegetables artistically presented and served crisp.
We were too full for dessert, though the Green Tea Tiramisu looked interesting.
We were greeted by Tony, who looked familiar - it turned out that he had been the maitre-d' at Peking Mandarin in Cherry Hill, a Chinese restaurant that had been a favorite of ours some years back.
This was a good first visit. We plan to go back and try the pad thai, the sushi, and some of the other menu items. And of course - dessert!