Quail Quiche

Quail Quiche (Ānchún Xiánpài 鹌鶉鹹派) If you miss the taste of delicious quiche tarts or the chicness of European style cafes, then Quail Quiche may have your cure. Located in an old shop house just a stone’s throw from the giant white horseman statue at the Koxinga Shrine, Quail Quiche improves its neighborhood with a … Continue reading

Narrow Door Cafe

Narrow Door Cafe (Zhǎi Mén Kāfēi   窄門咖啡) There is a wonderful new movement in Tainan to turn old buildings into funky bars and cafes, as opposed to the previous trend of letting old buildings get torn down and replaced by nondescript new buildings that lack any history or character. In the West, we love our … Continue reading

Almond Shaved Ice

Almond Shaved Ice (xìngrén dòufǔ bīng 杏仁豆腐冰) Tainan is hot, and keeping cool in this city is a job that fans and air conditioners alone cannot always handle. Sometimes you have to cool down the body from the inside by eating some ice. Taiwan has several kinds of shaved ice. One of the premier places … Continue reading

Wang Steak

Wang Steak (Wáng Pǐn 王品) If you’re looking for some higher-end dining and a good chunk of meat, the Taiwan chain called Wang Steak has a location in Tainan. This is a full-service, fine-dining restaurant with dim mood lighting, quality furnishings, and stylish tableware. Eating there was a serious divergence from the bian dang hole-in-the-walls … Continue reading

Thai Food – Double Blessings

Double Blessings Thai New Course (Shuāngxǐ  Tàishì  Liàolǐ   雙囍泰式料理) If you miss days of eating at roadside restaurants in the sweltering heat of Bangkok, you may want to try the Thai food at Double Blessings. Not that it’s particularly authentic Thai food, but they do have pretty good sidewalk seating, and the temperature does reach … Continue reading

Willy’s Second Base Bar and Grill

Willy’s Second Base Bar & Grill One of the longstanding expat bars in Tainan, Willy’s Bar & Grill brings in customers for both eating and drinking. This establishment was started by former LA Dodger pitcher Steve Wilson, but he has since moved on to other venues and it’s under new management (two foreigners named Andy … Continue reading

Candy’s American Kitchen

Candy’s American Kitchen Are there any Americans out there who are homesick for some American home cooking? A woman named Candy is happy to oblige. Her restaurant on Chong Ming Road in the southeast of the city serves home-style goodies that are ready warm your belly with rib-sticking goodness. The English menu offers meat and … Continue reading

Pakistani and Indian Food – Jasmine – CLOSED

Jasmine Pakistani & Indian Cuisine EDIT – Closed Down, March 2010 Jasmine is quickly becoming the most popular place for South Asian cuisine in Tainan. It opened its doors last fall to fill the void of affordable, no-nonsense Pakistani and Indian food in this city. While the dining room is pleasantly decorated, the paper place mats show that the real … Continue reading

Bakery – Imma Bakery and Café

Imma Bakery & Café Tainan is full of bakeries, but any visit to sample what the locals think bread should be will inevitably leave foreigners dismayed, if not horrified. Most bakers in Taiwan think bread is made with white flour, sugar and a whole lot of leaven. The result is a sweet, airy concoction similar to Wonderbread. But people can no … Continue reading

Fuzhong Street

Fuzhong Street (Fǔzhōng Jiē 府中街) Just across Nanmen Road from the Confucian Temple, you will see a large stone arch. It is the Pan Gao Stone Arch ( 泮宮石坊), which was built in 1749 and once served as an entrance to the temple. It is now the entrance to Fuzhong Street, a European-style pedestrian street that makes for a nice … Continue reading