By Sean Cooper, translated by Ann Lee, photos by Jimmy Kang
181, SihWei 3rd Rd, LingYa District; (07) 537-3412
Hour: 11 am-12 am
Bum-bum-da-dum, bu-bu-bu-bu-da-dum, bum-bum-da-dum, dum-dum-dum-DA-DA! Can you hear the anthem to Hockey Night in Canada? If you've never heard this iconic song before, or just want to hear it again, head over to Foster Hewitt's restaurant to experience some real Canadian culture.
Named after the first-ever radio announcer for the famous hockey night in Canada and themed around a Toronto-style sports bar, Foster Hewitt's is the newest creation of Ryan Parsons, restaurateur and local high-muck-a-muck. With over 18 years experience in the restaurant industry, including three years running Kaohsiung's former sports super-bar Overtime, there's a lot of experience and care that's gone into Foster's and it shows.
The decor is upscale and cozy, with dark wood and warm reds sneaking around corners. On most nights you can find a comfortable corner or a table for many friends to share laughs and eats with.
After carefully researching their menu and listening to the demands of their customers, the Foster Hewitt's team has created a fusion menu with flavors that take some of Asia's favorites and turn them a few notches toward the West. Starters include Deep Fried Pork or Shrimp Wontons (NT$150) with sweet chili sauce, lightly fried Coconut Tiger Shrimp (NT$160), or a unique and delicious dish known as Four Flags Dip, consisting of dips from Mexico, Italy, Greece and Israel, served with Italian crustini. Some of their Western highlights include gourmet burgers, with the Southwestern Chili (NT$220) and Greek Lamb Burger (NT$220) standing out. Not to be outdone are the British Rosemary Chicken and Vegetable Pie (NT$230) or Cottage Pie (NT$220) with Guinness beef gravy and garlic mashed potatoes.
In addition to their other tasty temptations, organized events are also a staple of Foster Hewitt's offerings. From Monday night competitive bowling league and themed trivia nights, to slow-pitch baseball and sponsoring of local teams, they're dedicated to staying active and making sure their customers are eating well and having fun.
And don't forget to come early on Wednesday Wing Night, with giant buffalo wings in BBQ, teriyaki or sweet chili flavors for only NT$15 each.