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COMPASS MAGAZINE, March 2000. VOL. 7 ISSUE 3
 

THE JAIL

410, Ying Tsai Road
Tel: 323-6246
Hours: 12 noon-1 am (lunch 12-2:30 pm, dinner 6 pm-1 am)

 

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It would be hard to find a more creative, and bizarre, concept for a Chinese restaurant than The Jail, which is exactly what the name implies. Customers arriving at the big, grim-looking industrial-strength metal door check in with an "inmate" -- appropriately clad in black-and-white striped prison smock and cap -- who handcuffs (an option which may be declined) the customers and leads them inside to their own cell where there is normal dining table. The metal-floored interiors are definitely jail-like, with rusty iron and wooden bars and sliding prison doors. Don't worry about eating prison fare, though, as the extensive menu provides a wide selection of tasty and reasonably-priced Chinese cuisine, in addition to cocktails, teas, other drinks and snacks. Afternoons, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., are for drinks and snacks only, except on holidays. The Jail is just down the road from the Taichung Harbor/Ying Tsai Road intersection, directly across from T.G.I. Friday's, in what used to be Mr. Stone restaurant.

 

 

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