Number 17 Bar and Grill
152, ZhongMing S Rd, West Dist
This small, friendly hang-out is decorated with "One Piece" characters, plus Ironman and Hulk. A star marks recommended menu items, like Pork Belly Slice Wrapped Rice Ball Coated with Honey (NT$60), with amazing flavors as the seaweed-rice mix absorbs grilled meat juices. Made by the owner's mom, Hakka Grilling Kebab (NT$50) transforms Hakka stir-fried cuisine into an even tastier grilled kebab with squid, dried bean curd and pork shreds. Drinks include a wide variety of wine, sake, beer, and Taiwanese draft beer. --By Sharon Chang, translated by Anna Yang
A. Grilled Rice Ball Wrapped with Pork Belly Slices (NT$60) sounds like a rice ball, but resembles a glutinous rice sausage. The rice-encased honey-coated pork belly slices taste even better sprinkled with chopped scallions.
B. The double stir-fried and grilled Hakka Grilled Kebab (NT$50) is perfect with wine or sake.
C. Sprinkling the Grilled Onion (NT$60) with salt enhances its sweetness, while miso paste brings out its mellow flavors. Pork Belly Wrapped Bamboo Shoot (NT$80) is another delicious treat.