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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, April, 2006.

Indian Beer House

(02) 2741-0550
192, BaDe Rd
Hours: 5:30 pm-2 am
Credit cards accepted. Smoking allowed.
MRT: ZhongXiao FuXing

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--By Cat Thomas Translated by Ann Li

I first happened across this place about three years ago as I was wandering through the streets of Taipei with a friend, and saw a giant dinosaur skeleton suspended from the side of a building. Curiosity aroused, we went inside to be confronted by three floors of prehistoric design. Dinosaur skeletons abound, right up to the dinosaur washbasins in the toilets. Being new to Taipei at the time, I hadn't realized that I had stumbled across an old-style Taiwanese beer house.

The beer part became pretty obvious, though, as we looked at the menu and discovered what excellent value the beer was.
Revisiting (not for the first time, of course), I was reminded of all the reasons I liked it the first time round. The decor is off-the-wall fun, the beer is still a fantastic value (7000cc kegs for NT$1,000, bottled beers NT$150) and the menu suitably full. It runs the gauntlet of all the standard Taiwanese favourites (three-cup-style dishes, seafood, teppanyaki, hot pots, side dishes, Thai) but with some real curve balls thrown in for good measure: Three Cup Rabbit (NT$450), Teppanyaki Ostrich (NT$350), Fried Crocodile (NT$450), Deep-Fried Bee Pupa (NT$300) and Stir-Fried Crickets. We, rather mundanely treated ourselves to some excellent Three Cup Chicken and some delicious stir-fried clams. The menu covers pretty much everyone's tastes due to its sheer variety.

A live cover band plays every night between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m and, although the sheer size of the place makes it hard for it to seem full, it always seems to have patrons a-plenty. The set up makes it an excellent venue for large groups, as numerous side rooms are available with the same zany decor.
A varied menu, eclectic atmosphere and an overall festive air makes Indian an excellent choice for a change of pace from your standard watering hole.

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