By Rachel Chang
Translated by Anna Yang
79, XiTun Rd, Sec 1, West Dist
Hours: 6 pm-2 am (closed Tue)
With its high-profile sign, this restaurant stands out at its location on the corner of XiTun Road and DuXin Street. Inside, the American-style industrial design creates a relaxing atmosphere. Although Bear Diner previously focused on curry, the owner has shifted to a relaxing, after-work hang-out bistro serving sausages, sirloins, fries and ramen, while looking for another location to continue the curry business.
When you enter, one clue about the offerings here are the various beer bottles decorating the walls. The owner has a true love for beers from all over and provides some exotic, hard-to-find craft beers for customers to enjoy. These are a great complement to the savory dining fare, with a meal here averaging about NT$200 to NT$500 per person. Among the more popular dishes are the pictured Pork Ramen (NT$130), spicy Hell Ramen (NT$130), especially good during the winter months, and the Big Combo Sampler (NT$280), which pairs well with beer.
The premises are particularly festive and welcoming during off days and the owner occasionally organizes special events to add to this ambiance. For example, Bear Diner was often crowded with soccer fans during the last FIFA World Cup, as games were being projected onto a big screen and watched by fans rooting for their nations and favorite teams. Thus, during any holiday or big sporting event, it is best to make a reservation before showing up.