Taipei restaurant – 鳥家 Japanese style BBQ

Value for money: 8/10
Cleanliness: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Quality of food: 9/10
Overall: 8/10



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.



The Chinese menu
The English menu

Fried chicken


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.


(Right two)

Miso pork skewer


tún wǔ huā wèi zēng chuàn 



(Left two)

Pork skewer


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).

Chicken skewer


jīròu chuàn



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!

Baby corn


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!

Special Tofu


húmá dòufu



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!


Potato stew


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





Opening Times:

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

Author: eatingintaipei

Recently moved out to Taiwan and don't know how to order at restaurants? I got you sorted. Can read some characters but still don't quite know what you're ordering? I got you sorted. This site has been developed to help people who can't speak or read Mandarin. I use pinyin, characters and English to talk about food ordering, and how you can do it at specific restaurants. If you like it, then give me a shout! Ash.

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