By Winnie Tsai Translated
by Ann Lee
93, ZhongCheng Street
(bordering ZhongMei St)
Hours: 7:30 pm-3 am
Credit cards accepted.
Being greeted by a staff decked out in school uniforms
can be confusing for patrons visiting the Hao-Wang Elementary
School on a Saturday night. However, don't worry as
it's just part of this restaurant-bar's ambiance.
The decor, which includes a statue
of Dr. Sun Yat-sen standing in the entrance with a silly
scarf, revolves around a pre-1980s theme. Like a real
school, the inside is decorated with large blackboards,
wooden tables and chairs, and bulletin boards. A half-moon
shaped bar seats about 70 customers. The lounge area
is suitable for small gatherings and families. At Hao-Wang,
you can also find a snack bar, karaoke area, small convenience
store, and live band performances every Friday and Saturday.
For more school-day nostalgia, menus look like textbooks
and have photos of entrees, appetizers and drinks. Start
with Stir-Fried Calamari with Celery (NT$180), the Tangy
and Dry Thai Squid Slices (NT$120), or the Nine Turn
Intestines (NT$200). You can try the signature dish,
Hao-Wang Hand Ripped Chicken (NT$280), or the Specially
Marinated Snails (NT$200), Nine-Piece Mackerel (NT$200),
Peppery Three-Layered Meat (NT$200) and Mama's Sliced
Beefsteak (NT$250). The Mushroom and Chicken Soup (NT$200)
serves four and is quite hearty. A set menu for six
is available for NT$1,570. Three dishes in the set are
Lamb in Bean Curd Sauce, Codfish with Onions (NT$150),
and the Calamari with Celery.
A selection of hard liquors ranges from
NT$2,000 to NT$3,500 and includes: Johnny Walker Black
Label (NT$2,200), 12-Year Ballantine (NT$2,200), and
Gekkeikan Sake (NT$2,000). Tiger draft beer (500ml)
and Taiwan Beer are NT$150 each; Kirin, Heineken and
Corona are NT$180. Many non-alcoholic drinks, like Health-Preserving
Teas (Longan Chinese date or Brown Sugar and Ginger,
NT$170 each) are also available.
Minimum charge is NT$200 on weekdays and NT$300 for
Fridays and Saturdays. Wednesdays are all-you-can-drink
nights (NT$500 men, NT$300 women).