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Belling's Deli & Bar

By James Kane
Translated by S. Ying

81, TaiYuan Rd, Sec 1, Xitun Dist; (04) 2314-9770
Hours: 11:30 am-11 pm (closed Tue)
English menu and Wi-Fi available.
Credit cards accepted.
No service charge.

Open now for two and a half years, this little eatery about a block north of Taiwan Boulevard has become a popular spot to enjoy western food and drinks. With its cozy setting and friendly staff, you can see why customers come here to unwind during the week. On weekends, it becomes livelier, providing a great place to start the night and meet up with friends over a beer.

Belling's Deli & Bar Belling's Deli & Bar
Left: Inside customers can relax at the L-shaped wooden bar after a long day at work.
Right: Roxy's (NT$180) is one of the many double shot spirits on offer, with most priced at NT$150. This refreshing concoction contains dry gin, Cointreau, Blue Curacao liqueur, tonic water and lemon juice.

A top draw for western dining fans is the fact that the meat products used in all meals are made right here at Belling's. Australian owner Kris Belling has run a local gourmet butchery business for a number of years and sells his own ham, smoked bacon and sausages to restaurants and individuals. These tender, tasty homemade meats are natural and preservative-free with all seasoning done on-site.

For sandwiches (NT$180 panini, NT$280 baguette), customers can choose from a variety of fillings, including ham, turkey, beef and pancetta (Italian bacon). The menu also has a variety of hamburgers (NT$230-310) and traditional western favourites like the English Breakfast (NT$450), Shepherd's Pie (NT$280) and Spaghetti Bolognese (NT$300) made with premium minced beef.

Belling's Deli & Bar Belling's Deli & Bar
Left: New menu addition and traditional favourite Bangers and Mash (NT$300) features homemade English sausages on mashed potatoes with red wine gravy.
Right: Shepherd's Pie (NT$280)

For drinking, there's a selection of draft beers (NT$120-180), wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. During Monday Happy Draft Beer Days customers enjoy discounted NT$80 Taiwan Beer and NT$120 Asahi Beer until the kegs run dry (so Belling's can restock for Wednesday). Sports fans can also enjoy a number of live broadcasts on TV here, and Kris hosts a live music event every month or so.

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