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OTR: On/Off the Radar – Avi

The Japanese Joint

Located at the intersection of Beitun and JianXing Roads – in the middle of the divide – is one of the best little spots in Taichung for great food, cheap beer and bottles of hot sake. For years, without knowing the proper name of the establishment, it has been called by those few foreigners in the know “The Japanese Joint.”
A regular gang of teachers traditionally meet here after work on Fridays, and have been doing so for years, arriving before the place fills up to the rafters (which is almost every night).
The menu is extensive – pork, beef, lamb, sushi, vegetables…must be 100 items on the menu and everything I’ve ever ordered (or stolen from the plates of friends sitting within arm’s reach) speaks to the delicious skills of the kitchen staff. Of course, the huge menu doesn’t necessarily help – I can’t read Mandarin…but it’s BIG menu! Go once, you’ll go again.

人氣報馬仔

港町十三番地
位於北屯路和健行路交叉路口中間的三角地帶,是台中市區品嚐美食的好店之一。
店內提供好吃的餐點、低價啤酒及熱清酒。多年來,由於不清楚這家店的正確名稱,我們少數的外國人都稱它為“Japanese Joint”。
而在這幾年當中,我們一群外籍教師常在星期五下班後固定到此歡聚。往往在到達之前,店內早已是高朋滿座了(而且是幾乎每天晚上哦)!
店內提供的菜色非常豐富,有豬肉、牛肉、羊肉、壽司、熱炒等等…菜色約超過百餘種!我所點過的餐點(包含被坐在身邊的朋友偷吃掉的),其味道之美全都仰賴著廚藝精湛的伙房大廚。當然,菜單上琳瑯滿目的菜色名稱對我沒有太大的幫助,畢竟我看不懂中文,不過餐點真的是相當棒!親自去一趟,你一定還會想再去光顧一次!

Bystro

Paddy’s at it again. But don’t let that scare you away – he mostly stays in the kitchen, and when he does come out he’s wearing crisp chef’s whites. The always charming and wonderful Anita works the front and mixes really fine drinks.
An intimate little restaurant, tucked a few paces from the end of the alley (past Fattie’s and Smooth), and featuring really very good food.
GuanXi personally recommends the burgers, and can state without fear of contradiction that the deep-fried dumplings are deeply habit forming. Anita makes them by hand, and Paddy deep fries them by hand.
If it’s worth doing, GuanXi will say so. Bystro. It’s worth doing.

台中市精誠路50巷27號

館子

Paddy又來囉~但別讓他嚇跑你喔!Paddy大部份的時間都待在廚房掌廚,每當他出來外場時,大多穿著廚師的白圍裙。而永遠迷人的Anita則是負責服務外場並提供好喝的調酒。
這是一間感覺舒適的小餐廳,位於精誠十九街的巷口底(經過Fattie’s及Smooth),店內提供相當好吃的餐點。
關係親自推薦這裡的漢堡,另外炸水餃也是相當好吃。水餃的製作完全由Anita純手工捏製、Paddy細心烹調,口味相當地道地。
若你要我推薦任何一間美食餐廳,我會推薦您“Bystro館子”,你絕對不能錯過!
地址:台中市精誠路50巷27號

The Refuge

Tucked away in a hidden corner of Dakeng – we can’t even tell you where – is the heart of a community: The Refuge. Hippies, libertarians, vegans, conspiracy theorists, rock climbers, writers, dancers, poets, para-sailors, musicians, artists, designers, hobos, dog lovers, artisans and many more interesting, oddball and utterly mad sorts are often found enjoying conversation, an open jam, a bonfire, a barbeque and a beer within the walls of this very unique and special compound.
As the host has often said, the worst thing about The Refuge is that, unless you know where it is, it’s very difficult to find…and the best thing about The Refuge is that unless you know where it is, it’s very difficult to find.
It’s not open to the public – you have to know someone. But if you ever find yourself there, you’re guaranteed two things: You’ll make some very good friends, and you’ll want to go back…if you can remember where it is.

我們無法告訴你正確的路徑,但The Refuge就藏身在大坑的某個角落,是這個大坑社區的集會中心。嬉皮、自由主義者、素食主義者、陰謀理論家、攀岩者、作家、舞蹈家、詩人、拖曳傘玩家、音樂家、藝術家、設計師、流浪漢、狗兒愛好者、工匠和許多更有趣、古怪和瘋狂的對話,大家都享樂在其中!店內有開放的舞台,營火、烤肉配上啤酒尤其顯得獨特且特別。
身為老闆的經常說:『最糟糕的事情就是除非你知道The Refuge在哪裡,不然你是很難找到它的。而最棒的事也是除非你知道它在哪裡,不然你是很難找到它的。』
目前The Refuge還沒對大眾開放,你必須認識知道的人,才能找得到。但如果你自己找到了The Refuge,我可以向你保證兩件事情:你會結交一些很好的朋友,而且你還會想再回去…若你還記得路的話~

KC Whiskey Bar

You know where the canal along Hua Mei Jie crosses Gungyi Rd? A short block east, there’s a grocery store. Tucked in immediately behind that grocery store is a fine little bar owned and operated by one of the friendliest Taiwanese hosts you’re ever likely to meet.
I first met Ben when he was a regular at the old fM bar. He would sit quietly, sipping his whiskey and being perfectly cordial to anyone who happened to exchange greetings. One thing always leads to another. You can still have a friendly chat with Ben…but now you can do it in Ben’s bar.
Featuring a wide…and I mean extensive…selection of whiskeys – bourbon, scotch, rye, single malt – as well as all of the other libations one might care to imbibe – the KC Whiskey Bar is a special place where good people get together to share good drinks in good company. We advise you to check it out, but don’t tell anyone. Quite honestly, the last thing we want is for this great little bar to become popular. In fact…don’t go. Forget I said anything.

KC威士忌酒吧

你知道沿著華美街的河道過了公益路的那一帶區域嗎?
向東一個小街區有一間雜貨店,而KG威士忌酒吧就隱藏在後,是一間很舒適的小酒吧。你以前或許見過店主,他是一位非常親切的台灣人。
當我第一次見到店主時是在以前的FM,是那裡的常客。他通常靜靜地一邊坐著、一邊喝著威士忌。當遇到友人打招呼時,他也都很真摯地回應。好事總是接二連三地來,因為你可以去Ben的店和他愉快的交談。
店內的威士忌數量繁多供您選擇,包含美國威士忌、蘇格蘭威士忌、裸麥威士忌、單一麥芽威士忌…還有其它許多種類的好酒供您品嚐。在這兒與好友聊敘一番並分享好酒,KC威士忌酒吧真是個聚會的好場所!我們建議您親自走一趟去體會一下,但別告訴別人哦。坦白地說,我們希望這間舒適的小酒吧生意越來越好,不過…還是不要去吧~~~!嗯~~還是忘了我說了什麼吧~

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