Tapa Loca Restaurant
345, Taiwan Blvd., Sec. 2, West Dist.
Hours: 10:30 am-12 am (open to 2 am Fri/Sat, holidays)
NT$130/person minimum charge.
English menu available.
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
This restaurant and bar is ideally located on Taiwan Boulevard (Taichung Port Rd.) about 50 meters below (southeast) the Calligraphy Greenway intersection and offers an all-day and late-evening spot for dining and drinks. Main courses include pasta and risotto dishes, calzone, 10-inch thin-crust pizzas (NT$250-380), grilled entrees like the thick US Bone In Beef Short Ribs (NT$680), tapas-style appetizers, and all-day brunch-type dishes like Bacon Eggs Benedict. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Angel Pu
AOP (Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino) Shrimp Spaghetti (NT$250) is one of several savory pasta entrees made dry-style with garlic, olive oil and chillis and no sauce, pictured here with the popular Italian Salami Calzone.
Tapa Loca offers over 100 types of bottled Belgian, UK, German, American and Japanese beers and ciders, plus some on-tap varieties, coffee, and unique fruit-beer smoothies.
This swanky-looking restaurant invites customers inside, where the second floor includes sofas and an outdoor balcony area, perfect for enjoying a hookah water pipe (NT$380).