22, FuXing S Rd, Sec 1
Two friends got together to open Cestbon, a restaurant that's meticulous about its culinary practices and spirits. As the restaurant's popularity grew, the owners decided it was time to open a new, trendier restaurant to cater to a younger crowd. The chefs at Jiau's, the fruit of their efforts, cook up fresh, delicious dishes and are particular about presentation. The restaurant serves all kinds of local delicacies, so people from other parts of Taiwan can certainly feel at home while eating here. --By Josie Wu, translated by Ann Lee
A. A fancy version of common Taiwanese braised pork and rice (lu rou fan), Drunken Wuson Rice (NT$120) is made with Shenken pork and braised with minced pork marinated pure rice wine from Hualien. It's served with homemade striped mullets from Yunlin and rice from Yilan. Another popular and affordable dish, Jiau's Herb Corallodisci (NT$120), is a delicacy from Puli.
B. For a twist on on the frequently-seen bitter gourd with salted egg (鹹蛋苦瓜), Jiau's serves Iced Bitter Melon (NT$150). The crispy, tempting melon is mixed with sliced scallops, shrimp and salted eggs, and then topped with plum sauce. The owners highly recommend it.