OK. We finally arrived at Tai Tung station and the sun was already setting down at 5pm. The B&B was just by the station and I was initially thrilled over the convenience until I realised how far it was from town.
Thankfully, this town provided shuttle bus service! For a 20min bus ride, cost me less than RM2. (Screams!)
The bus stopped us at Tai Tung City mall (the only mall in this town). Since it was still early, we randomly road around the streets just to enjoy and observe the life of localities here.
After a good 30 minute “exercise” walking around, we came upon Tar Cher Lun (Big Car Wheel) Japanese restaurant, apparently one of the top rated Jap places in town.
Since we were staying in at the coastal part of Taiwan, known for its fresh seafood catches, it’d be wrong not to have Jap food here!
The first and most important dish: sashimi! A combination of trout, salmon and tuna. After the first bite of the sliced trout, hmmmm….SO SO. I imagined the experience would be like Japan, but it wasn’t.
The salmon maki, was a waste of time too. Nothing special about it. The only good thing was that the salmon cubes were moderate sized cubes, and the wrap was quite big. If I was not indulging, eating this whole would be a meal on its own already.
The fried mushroom slices were a struggle to finish. Oily, strong pungent smell of mushroom, and just…darns. Lack finesse.
As the rest of the dishes came to our table, I was getting agitated already. Each dish that came was a disappointment so much so, the rest that came along just turned into a bore.
Maybe Big Car Wheel’s foodie objective is save the best for last. So you will forget all the less favourable experiences you had earlier on, and remember what is left of the good.
The soba was the only tasty thing served through my first dinner meal in Tai Tung. Cooked just enough to soften the noodles but retained a little bit of the chewyness and the broth was nicely seasoned to coat each noodle strip.
Total damage cost for the meal was about RM150. Portion was quite filling, but the quality. Boo hoo hoo. We left the place feeling disappointed.
It started to drizzle a little, but it was our first night wandering around this tiny town, so we decided to take another 30minutes walk back to the mall to catch the bus back to Tai Tung station.
No interesting foodie appeared along our way. Yawns. When we arrived back at the mall, it was about 8.30pm.
Oh well, let’s do the city thing. Shopping!
(After 10 minutes…)
That’s it? Haha. Okok it is a community mall. Good enough for small town folks. At least there is a movie theatre here with the life size figurine Avengers to greet me!
Alright. Tonight shall be an early night. Tomorrow morning…cycling journey! I was filled with bursting excitement. This was how one would react when one hasn’t ridden a bicycle in a decade or so, and to aim cycling through the coastal roads, with no prior stamina training whatsoever.
Jeng jeng jeng. Stay tuned for the fishing port post next, my foodie friends!
Big Wheel Japanese Restaurant,
No.287 Zhongzheng Road, Taitung City,Taitung 950, Taiwan