156-4, TaiZhongGang (Taichung Port) Rd,
Sec 1 (near V62 Tower)
Hours: 9 pm-3 am
No service charge.
Credit cards accepted.
In the Amis aboriginal language, "Balarn" means "wild wolves". The unobtrusive little sign outside the doors contrasts with the elaborate mix of food and sound inside, where the patrons are singing, eating kebabs, drinking and shouting conversations in a relaxing ambiance. A-Xiang and Xiao-Bao from Guanmiao, Tainan warm the hearts and stomachs of their customers with their southern Taiwanese-style cuisine. Aborigine diners also come here to express a longing for their homeland through song, and the laid-back atmosphere helps customers mix with each other. Red and white wines, whiskies and various beer selections (starting from NT$100) are available. --By Niang Chen, translated by Naomi Lai
A. A mixture of wine and meat are found at Balarn.
B. An evening under the bamboo lanterns of Balarn is an enjoyable experience, even if you're alone.
C. Sour Bamboo and Water Spinach (NT$150), made by Xiao-Bao's mother, is fried to a slightly-sour flavor, and the fragrance of garlic and oil mix with the water spinach to provide a nostalgic taste from the countryside. There is also Grilled Shrimp (NT$350 for 25 shrimp), Fresh Fish (NT$190), Boneless Beef Short Ribs (NT$250), Lamb Kebabs (NT$120 for 4 sticks) and Roasted Chicken Legs (NT$160).