Hachi Ban Japanese Cuisine
186, FuXing Rd, Sec 4, 4F (inside Taichung
Central Mall, next to Vieshow Cinema)
Hours: 11 am-4 pm, 5-10 pm
(last call9:30 pm)
10% service charge. Credit cards accepted.
Hachi Ban, located inside Taichung Central Mall, is a exquisite Japanese eatery that offers a selection of snack-sized dishes. The store is named after a Japanese metro stop that serviced an area where all of the foreign ambassadors to Japan resided. This area was filled with all kinds of architectural styles as a result. The menu here is divided into two categories--traditional Japanese-style cuisine and seasonal dishes. The entire menu gets updated once every season and patrons order items a la carte; prices range from NT$30 to NT$320. For an extra NT$20, you can get either "rice & dessert" or "soup & dessert" with any entree. --By Eve Chen, translated by Ann Lee
A. The Volcanic Explosion Sushi (10 pcs, NT$220) is stuffed with pork chops, lobster salad and cucumbers. Its specially-prepared dressing, made with slightly spicy curry and cheese powder, has a rich and creamy flavor. Another recommended dish is the Tuna Ice Cream (2 scoops, NT$50), which is tuna served with "scoops" of Japanese rice.
B. Longan Milk Tea Ice Cream (NT$20/scoop, NT$50/3 scoops) is made with fresh, all-natural ingredients. Rice & Peanut Milk Ice Cream is another off-the-beat selection to try.