bit of everything pleasing at Gala Heaven
By Winnie Tsai Translated
by Winnie Tsai and Ann Lee
2, JingCheng 3rd St
Hours: Mon-Sun 6 pm-4 am
Credit cards accepted. Valet parking.
10% service charge.
NT$500 minimum charge per person.
Prominently located on busy JingCheng
Road in the heart of Taichung's "Little Europe"
district, Gala Heaven is restaurant-and-pub combination
with striking decor, muscial surprises, delicious food
and good bar that many patrons find perfect for relaxing
This classy place provides central Taiwan
fans of jazz and Latin dance with a fresh option. Every
Saturday focuses on Latin dance and includes occasional
performances by celebrities. During my visit, we were
fortunate to catch a performance by celebrity Fu Wei,
whose talent as a host and wonderful voice certainly
made our experience even more memorable.
In addition to Saturdays, every other
night of the week has been specially themed here. For
the moderate price of NT$500 (minimum charge per person)
for an evening, you can satisfy both your stomach and
In regards to your appetite, it's never
too late to order food at Gala Heaven, as various meals
and beverages are provided until 4 a.m. The menu has
a wide selection of wonderful dishes, including fried
items, Chinese-style stewed dishes, salads, and at least
five set meals (NT$380-780), such as a seafood set and
French set. There are also over 15 appetizers (NT$100-260)
and first timers might want to try their impressive
Homemade Fried Rice (NT$280) or Spaghetti (NT$200-300).
If you have a hard time choosing from all these selections,
check out their LCD TV, which showcases some of the
The six-seat bar is located on the second
floor and although you can't see the stage from everywhere
in Gala, the establishment helps its customers enjoy
the music and enjoy live performances wherever they're
sitting with well-positioned speakers and flat-screen
TVs by the edge of each table. The good drinks menu
includes cocktails (NT$260-380), coffees (NT$200-280),
teas (herbal, black NT$250), champagne (NT$2,000-7,800),
red and white wines (NT$900-9,000), vodka (NT$2,800-3,200),
juices and beers (NT$250).
As I was stepping outside with a smile,
a passer-by, perhaps intimidated by the building's expensive-looking
exterior, seemed hesitant to step inside with her boyfriend.
Don't make the same mistake. The next time you pass
by Gala Heaven, stop in and savor an evening of good
dining and great music without busting your budget.