Made In Spain
165, XiAn St
Situated in the Fengjia Night Market area, Made In Spain is a charming evening hangout described by its unique owner as a lounge bar offering food, including a long list of Spanish/Mediterrean-style tapas appetizers, seafood Paella (NT$180) and sandwiches (the latter two also available for take-out). In addition to four kinds of Deluxe German-style craft-brewed beer on tap (NT$200 500cc), there is Sangria, Spanish wines, whiskies, juices, coffees and a long cocktail list (NT$180-220). Heading north on FuXing Road, turn left onto XiAn Street two traffic lights past the FengJia Road intersection to get there. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Naomi Lai
A. Owner Yen Ying is more Spanish than Taiwanese, emigrating to Spain's Canary Islands at the age of 13 with his parents. He returned to Taiwan after about 30 years there, including seven years of military service with Spain's special forces (as evidenced by his tattoos). Among his exceptional tapas offerings is the imported Iberian Ham (pictured), a true Spanish delicacy that melts in your mouth.
B. A list of about 30 tapas dishes include the several northern Spanish Gallegas Style seafood items like the mussels (pictured front, NT$180), which Yen prepares with a tangy/spicy Canary Islands/North African type sauce using cumin as a key ingredient. There are also six bocadillos Spanish-style sub sandwiches, including the exceptional Spanish Omelet (pictured back, NT$190 with soft drink, fries), with eggs, potatoes, onions and veggies wedged between thick, soft slices of bread.
C. The spacious 60-seat interior really immerses you in a Spanish bar/cafe setting, from the heavy wooden door, long bar and red sofa-style seats to the abundance of dark-wood colors, pictures of Spanish scenery, sights, personalities and attractions, Spanish pop music and iron chandeliers. There are also several TVs, a pool table, electronic darts and a foozball table.