Reid Translated by Annie Liu
Kaohsiung is full of interesting places
hidden away in back alleys, nestled in the mountainside
or, as in this case, on the edge of the harbour waters
on a dead-end road. Once you arrive at Huati Lounge
you'll see why it's worth the trip. Outside a large
wooden patio, complete with deck chairs, umbrellas and
greenery, overlooks the ocean and ChiChin Island. While
the spacious interior, which is stylish, yet comfortable,
overlooks a stage. Though it's an open area, private
nooks ring the wall making it a great place for large
gatherings or a special evening out with a friend.
On the stage there is live music every
night at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and again at 11 p.m. Each night
features different singers or groups and performances
may be in English or Chinese. They often have events
or specialty evenings, so give them a call or check
out the website for more details.
Ordering from the array of dishes and
well-stocked bar is made easy by friendly, attentive
staff and a Chinese/English menu. The menu includes
typical Chinese dishes such as Kung Pao Chicken (NT$280)
and Black Pepper Beef (NT$240), as well as specialties
like Peking Spareribs (NT$250) and Rosemary Lamb Steak
with Red Wine Sauce (NT$380). There is also a tasty
selection of Hong Kong Dim Sum (NT$120 to NT$150). After
9:30 p.m. a new menu comes out with tempting "night
snacks", such as Smoked Salmon with Capers (NT$380).
The drinks menu is inclusive as well, with beer from
NT$130 to cocktails from NT$200 to bottles of Scotch,
Vodka, Cognac and Wine from NT$980. Good food and drinks
make it easy to exceed the minimum charge of NT$200
before 9 p.m. and NT$350 after.
If you're looking for something new,
make your way to Huati Lounge where you can wine and
dine to a different tune.
drinks are strictly prohibited for those under