Solid shout for a Japanese BBQ evening when you’re wanting meat on a stick washed down with beer, or Sake!
Tucked away on a side road between Civic Boulevard and ZhongXiao East Road, 鳥家 (Bird house) is usually pretty busy, so you may either want to book in advance or arrive earlier and be prepared to line up.
Inside, there’s a ‘bar’ area where you can see the food being prepared.
Or a few bigger tables to accommodate for the groups of people.
hé fēng jī kuài
These were top drawer. A little greasy (to be expected with deep fried chicken, I guess), but the chicken was deliciously juicy and the flavour beats KFC hands down. The addition of grease proof paper underneath helps to wick away any excessive amounts of oil, too.
Miso pork skewer
tún wǔ huā wèi zēng chuàn
Sōngbǎn zhūròu chuàn
The thing that this BBQ place did that I liked the most, was that the sauce they used is slightly sweetened and sticky. It keeps the meat juicy and brings in lots of flavour. I would quite happily just eat these again and again, without anything else (beer excluded).
This was essentially chicken skin. Hugely unhealthy and blah blah blah, but damn tasty!
Pork and onion skewer
Tún wǔ huā cōng chuàn
Tomato wrapped with bacon
fānqié péigēn chuàn
As most of you know, it is difficult to find good bacon in Taipei. I would recommend Sedors Farm as a place to source actually decent bacon. Jason is working wonders over there smoking his own meat and producing top quality ingredients.
The bacon here is, expectadly, of poor quality. I wouldn’t order it again, but I like the idea of tomatoes wrapped in bacon. Maybe something to do at my next BBQ in summer.
The pork, however, goes nicely with the onion and is right on the money – silver linings!
dài pí yùmǐ sǔn
Once you get over the fact that you feel like a giant holding a piece of miniature corn in your hand, make sure to dip this into the pepper before knocking it back – great flavours!
I called this ‘special’ tofu, because I really think it’s special. In a good way, don’t worry! There’s like a soggy deep fried skin on top and a salty sweet soy sauce underneath. Cut into the tofu and it’s silky smooth and popping with genuine tofu flavour. Really interesting and definitely worth a try.
BBQ salmon rice roll
kǎo guīyú fàntuán
I wouldn’t order this again. The salmon was dry and the rice roll itself was just fine. If you’re on the drinks and want to soak up the alcohol with some carbohydrates, then ok. But, if not, then I’d avoid this and order a few more meat skewers, instead. However, at $60 it is cheap!
mǎ líng shǔ dùn ròu
“Why order stew at a BBQ joint?”, I hear you ask.
Because everything about this dish will surprise you and make you come back for more. The carrots are wonderfully soft, as is the potato. The flavours are so home-made that I felt like my grandma was there (although she isn’t Japanese, granted).
Special GuanDong stew
guān dōng zhǔ
This sounded too interesting to not order, too. And, we didn’t regret it. The soup was great and the ingredients inside all had their own unique flavours that shone through. Not bad! But, I would suggest avoiding the weird jelly-like cube inside, as it lacked flavour and had a texture I didn’t care for in the slightest.
Xi yá gānbèi
When I saw ‘scallops’ on the menu, I impulsively ticked away like a mad man. However, what arrived made me sad. I wanted some BBQ scallops on a skewer that would melt in my mouth. What I got, however, was slightly chewy scallops with possibly my least favourite vegetable – celery.
It was fine, it was healthy, and it was tasty enough. But, its scallop skewers for me next time!
Chicken and onion skewer
jīròu cōng chuàn
Sweet BBQ’d mochi
kǎo jiàngyóu wánzi
Monday – Saturday
18:00 – 02:00
18:00 – 00:00
02 2771 3902
No. 46, Lane 223, ZhongXiao East Road, Section 4, DaAn District, Taipei City