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FUN MAGAZINE, April, 2006.
192, BaDe Rd
Hours: 5:30 pm-2 am
Credit cards accepted. Smoking allowed.
MRT: ZhongXiao FuXing
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--By Cat Thomas Translated by Ann Li
I first happened across this place about
three years ago as I was wandering through the streets
of Taipei with a friend, and saw a giant dinosaur skeleton
suspended from the side of a building. Curiosity aroused,
we went inside to be confronted by three floors of prehistoric
design. Dinosaur skeletons abound, right up to the dinosaur
washbasins in the toilets. Being new to Taipei at the
time, I hadn't realized that I had stumbled across an
old-style Taiwanese beer house.
The beer part became pretty obvious,
though, as we looked at the menu and discovered what
excellent value the beer was.
Revisiting (not for the first time, of course), I was
reminded of all the reasons I liked it the first time
round. The decor is off-the-wall fun, the beer is still
a fantastic value (7000cc kegs for NT$1,000, bottled
beers NT$150) and the menu suitably full. It runs the
gauntlet of all the standard Taiwanese favourites (three-cup-style
dishes, seafood, teppanyaki, hot pots, side dishes,
Thai) but with some real curve balls thrown in for good
measure: Three Cup Rabbit (NT$450), Teppanyaki Ostrich
(NT$350), Fried Crocodile (NT$450), Deep-Fried Bee Pupa
(NT$300) and Stir-Fried Crickets. We, rather mundanely
treated ourselves to some excellent Three Cup Chicken
and some delicious stir-fried clams. The menu covers
pretty much everyone's tastes due to its sheer variety.
A live cover band plays every night
between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m and, although the sheer size
of the place makes it hard for it to seem full, it always
seems to have patrons a-plenty. The set up makes it
an excellent venue for large groups, as numerous side
rooms are available with the same zany decor.
A varied menu, eclectic atmosphere and an overall festive
air makes Indian an excellent choice for a change of
pace from your standard watering hole.