RESTAURANT & BAR
Chilled-out drinking, dining
By Niang Chen
Translated by S. Ying
36, ShangAn N St, Xitun Dist
Housr: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 6-9:30 pm
Bar: 9:30 pm-1 am
Minimum charge NT$500/person.
Englisg menu, Wi-Fi, and parking available.
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
To relax on a quiet evening, one does not always need to go to a pub with throbbing music but, rather, can opt to unwind in a nice relaxing space with some alcohol and lighter crowds. One such Taichung destination is a low-key, yet quite extravagant, place named Beluga Lounge Bar.
High ceilings, comfortable low chairs and tables, and pastel purple lighting all create a classy, hazy ambiance perfect for lounging and sipping one of the cocktails. These include the Green Tea Cosmo (NT$320), made with green tea, peach juice, cranberry juice and vodka, and the Appletini (NT$320), a green apple vodka libation. This latter drink pairs well with either the strongly-flavored Stewed Beef Strip with Tomato in Rome Style (NT$320), which comes with Chickpea Focaccia Bread, or the Fried Prawns with Mushrooms, Capers and Olives (NT$420), both delightfully tasty entrees.
Medium: Espresso Martini
Right: Green Tea Cosmo
Outdoor seating is surrounded by tall palm trees and a nice blue-lit swimming pool, giving Beluga a bit of a Mediterranean vibe that may help you imagine you're relaxing somewhere in southern France under starry skies. An Espresso Martini (NT$320), a mix of espresso and vodka, has a bittersweet taste that pairs well with a bite of the Grilled Chicken Leg (NT$360), served with basil pesto sauce and a crispy bacon salad.
Left: Grilled Chicken Leg, Basil Pesto
Sauce Crispy Bacon Salad
Medium: Stewed Beef Strip with Tomato in Rome
Style with Chickpea Focaccia Bread
Right: Fried Prawn with Mushroom, Caper and Olives
Great alcoholic beverages, good food and luminous jade cups are the perfect elements for a romantic evening at Beluga.