I’ve found myself in Taichung quite a bit lately for business. I’ve usually only got Thursday nights open for carousing.
I’m not too impressed by the night spots, but I have found a few good restaurants. The best so far has been Smooth, which is the sister property of Fatty’s. Both are owned and operated by a nice fellow named Hendrik Frijling and his wife, who I spoke to but not long enough to learn her name. The address is No.1 Ching-Cheng Road, Lane 50, in Little Europe, which is directly across the street from the Evergreen Hotel. Phone number is 04-2319-4898.
I’ve not been to Fatty’s yet, but the food my party and I enjoyed at Smooth was fanfuckingtastic. Best Western food meal I’ve had in some time. I had the Hungarian style goulash and a tomato-mozzarella salad and was extremely pleased. The decor was very soothing, clean, ultra-comfortable. They had a couple of good beers on the drink list, Duvel among them. The service was impeccable. Highly recommend it. Didn’t notice prices much, but I’m not very price conscious to begin with.
I had a nice dinner at La Bodega once, and another at a little place called Aloha, both the in same area.
As for Tomas style nightlife, after speed-pubbing through a dozen or so places spread over three nights (I have no patience with boring pubs), the only places that kept me awake were the Pig Pen in Chi Chi, and a place called Coyote Ugly (original, I know) in the Tiger City Mall. I’ve also been to a cool live music joint called 99, and another one that was okay called Animal House, both on Hsiang Shang Road. Everything else was a flop.
Anyone got more they can share about good eats and where to hang out in Taichung on a weeknight without falling asleep?