Japanese owners Jin Nakayama and Naomi Hada, both long-time Taiwan residents, opened their izakaya bar/restaurant last June in a popular neighborhood near Civic Square and Calligraphy Greenway. There is seating for about 50 in the cozy interior, plus a 10-person private room and some outside tables. The sizable menu offers a variety of izakaya and Japanese family-style restaurant fare like Handmade Hamburger Steak (NT$168), various yakitori items (NT$50-100), Japanese-style pasta dishes (NT$268), Ikura Don (salmon roe rice bowl) and other donburi bowls, sashimi, fried pork and chicken cutlets, ramen and other noodle dishes like Nagasaki-style Champon mixed noodles, and grilled fish options. There are also three kinds of business lunches—NT$168 rice bowl and soup combos, NT$228 ramen and other noodle dishes like Osaka Fried Noodles, and NT$268 meals with rice, soup, main-course choice and three sides. Drinks include NT$150 large local and imported bottled beers, NT$250 cocktails, whisky highballs, and a wide range of large/small bottles of sake and shochu.
Don’t drink and drive
日月水台 Meiji Izakaya
149, XiangShang N Rd, West Dist
Hours: 12 am-3 pm, 5 pm-1 am