9, Lane 75, YunHe St, 1F
Hours：5:30-10 pm (kitchen hours);
10 pm-12 am (Sake House); closed on Wed
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.
Minimum charge NT$120/person.
Taipower Bldg Station #Exit 4
Originally, Takeshi Murakami came to Taiwan to study Chinese, but soon he was sharing his delicious home cooking with all of Taipei. Soon after, he opened Showa; through his restaurant, he wants to cue Taiwan into what authentic, Osaka-based cuisine is all about. He is meticulous about the temperature of the grill when cooking the ingredients for his cuisine and even imports ingredients like dried fish slices and red ginger, as well as bamboo curtains and wall hangings from Japan; this way, even when he is in Taiwan, he feels, and his customers can feel, they are sharing in a little piece of Japan. --By Joan Chang, translated by Ann Lee
A. The Osaka Mix (NT$180) comes with shrimp, squid, and pork that's cooked together on the sizzling grill. This is one of the most popular orders at Showa. The Modern Yaki (NT$180), another recommended dish, comes in a large portion. Yaki is basically stir-fried pork and noodles, with some Japanese-style mayonnaise, soy sauce, and seaweed powder. Instead of using rice in his Omusoba (NT$180), the owner makes it with egg whites and tangy noodles, which is a creative twist on an old favorite. If you're looking for a great appetizer, try the Tonpei Yaki (NT$80)--it will certainly jump start your appetite.
B. An Osaka native, Takeshi Murakami has an entertaining demeanor and is known for his love of Japanese home cooking. In addition to food, his restaurant also offers over 40 Japanese liquors (sake), so this place turns into a virtual sake house after 10 p.m.