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--By Claire Tyrell Translated by Eva Huang

Sitting on my table was the "Traffic Light" (NT$250), three separate shots-one tequila, one tomato juice, one lemon. And, by the time its intriguingly pleasant taste had put a smile on my face, the surroundings were also working their wind- down magic. The name Kama conjures images of Indian exoticism, or perhaps Indian eroticism, and this continues inside with Indian-style art, statues and decor. Uniquely, buddhas look on, adding a touch of serenity to the mix.

Kama is whatever you want it to be. Find a corner where restful lighting casts the shadows of beaded curtains across beautifully patterned cushions, and chill with a bottle of wine from the large worldwide selection. Or get lively at the bar with friends, and explore the Kama cocktail and shots selection. For a group, why not reserve a table downstairs (NT$4000-6000), decorated with a certain romantic quirkiness, and settle in. Most drinks come by the bottle, though for prices by the glass spirits are around NT$250/300, bottled beers are NT$200/250 and whiskeys range up to NT$350 for 12-year single malt. There is also a short list of sakes.

A night out at Kama won't leave you hungry, either. A selection of snacks is offered, including the most popular, tender, perfectly-spiced bites of the Cumin Beef (NT$580). A thumbs-up also goes to the tasty Sauteed Mushrooms served with shrimp (NT$320).

Music selection reflects the chilled out vibe early in the week, with a mix of jazz, reggae, bossonova or house. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays see foreign DJs, with the weekends hitting a more upbeat tempo, and Saturdays selection of '80s music. Also look out for special evenings and parties.
Open for nearly four years now, Kama is certainly one place that seems set to remain a nice corner of in Taipei's Lounge Bar scene.


15, Lane 222, RenAi Rd., Sec. 4
(02) 2784-4601
Hours: Sun-Thurs 9 pm-4 am; Sat 9 pm-5 am
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge. Smoking section. Valet Parking
MRT: ZhongXiao DunHua

Alcoholic drinks are strictly prohibited for those under 18.


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