Fancy a little bite to eat… Lusting for some good German food… Then head out into the countryside of the North East Coast, to a little place called Smoky Inn.
It was a little tricky to find (I’ve borrowed the map to highlight its location). You can see the mark there. We nearly missed the turning, as it is easier to find from the SanChih direction.
But we found it. I’ve linked to the Google Map of the area for you.
We went in the latter part of the day, just before dusk… Tim, Cindy and myself. Since we drove, our only beverage was non-alcoholic beer, but it was tasty and COLD!
Their website boasts: “ENJOY THE REAL BAVARIAN MEALS. OUR SPECIAL ARE SMOKED PIG KNUCKLE, SAUSAGES AND OTHER TRADITIONALS. ENJOY TASTY BAVARIAN CHEESE AND NUREMBERG SAUSAGES, HOME MADE MUNICH SAUSAGE SALAD, ROAST PORK, POTATO BALL AND BREADS.” (their caps, not mine!).
And this is what came: Large sausages of all kinds, Sauerkraut, Bavarian potatoes, horseradish, and pickles, … We enjoyed the food, had some leftovers, and paid a reasonable NT$1600 for the three of us. Four would have cost about NT$450. The neat thing was taxes and service charges were INCLUDED. I haven’t any idea why more restaurants don’t do that. If you decide to go on a weekend, call ahead and reserve a table. Don’t be put off by the automated answering service. They’re too busy to answer phonecalls most of the time.
Needless to say, the local wildlife were attracted by the bugs buzzing round our lights, and they had their own bug meal. I do have a video of this, too. If you can’t see clearly, it’s a gecko! A very active one, judging by the speed with which it devoured its prey. Then we drove to a nice coffee shop near JingShan called Young Door.
It’s a well-known coffee shop on the North East Coast highway, and probably serves the best coffee in and around JingShan. Of course, we’ve paid more than their but had much worse coffee! I can guarantee their coffee is always good! You can read the review in Chinese. Prices are reasonable, and coffee is great! What more can I add?