Frog I (105 Hua Mei West St. Section 1; tel:2321-1197) has been serving food until 2 am for quite some time, and features the second longest late night menu in the Canal District. Burritos (various types, NT$100-130), tacos (various types, NT$140), sandwiches (NT$110), crepes (NT$90-150), potatoes with toppings (NT$80-95) and fried rice (NT$140). Availability and choice are the strong suits of this menu, plus their great mega draft beers.
Location/numbers and business hours courtesy of Compass online.
I liked this place because it reminded me of an old “trashy” bar back in my hometown. It has foosball table’s and even an electronic dartboard (I will kill all you in darts MWAHAHA). It defiantly has a different feel to it which I cannot put my finger on, but I like it.
Frog claims to be a Mexican restaurant, but hey, we are in Taiwan and you know that doesn’t mean that it is actually a Mexican restaurant. Reluctant to order for my string of bad luck in finding a decent restaurant has broken a new record of bad meals, I decided to suck it up and order the Enchiladas and my wife had the Greece chicken.
The food was not only good, it was home kitchen good. Too bad it looked like microwaved food, but the taste made it very easy to overlook the lack of presentation. We were both very satisfied with our meals.
The only two negatives about the place are:
1) That the service is very, very bad and the staff’s English ability is non-existent. I am sure on any given night, you might get lucky and get a decent wait (person), but after drinking one of their large (gigantic actually) beers on tap, you tend to care less about how you have to constantly go up to the bar to order everything because the waitress vanishes in 15-20 minute intervals.
2) The smoke. If you are not a smoker, you might want to stand clear of this place. Smoke everywhere and people who don’t mind killing you while they blow the smoke in your direction are also everywhere. You will smell like a smoke stack once you leave.
I will be going back becuase it is rather affordable if you want to have a few beers, eat if/when you are hungry, be satisfied with the meal and actually feel your just hanging out. It is very relaxing.
Frog also has an upstairs which live bands play. I cannot write a review on that yet because I have not experienced it yet. I will though this Saturday night. So if any of you Tiachungers want to get your ass kicked at darts, I will be there with my chest all puffy pointing at everyone saying, “Want some?”