The Hunger

The craving. That itch you can’t scratch. The insatiable hunger. What am I talking about? Getting a taste of home. When you get to a new country it is so fun to try all the new things around you, the variety of fresh flavors. I love food and I love eating. I’ve found some amazing cuisine since being in Taiwan. The thing is that who ever you are and where ever you’re from you probably get sick of the staples. After a while all the unique, exciting delicacies become the standard and you want something else. For me I crave western food.

So, for those of you who are in the same boat as me, here are some great places to check out in Yilan city.

Five Fish – This little pizzeria owned by a friendly Taiwanese family is great. They have a single wood fire oven and make delicious personal size pizzas. They are really affordable and you never have to wait. They make the pizzas with fresh ingredients right in front of you. Their menu is all in Chinese so bring your translation book or be ready to do a lot of gestures and pointing. In all seriousness they speak a little English and if you order a margherita they will know what you are saying. It is small and easy to miss, so keep your eyes open.


Rain City Grille – This is a good place to go get a burger and fries. It’s owned by a Canadian guy, who mostly works the kitchen, though, you will probably see him milling about. Their lunch menu is almost identical to their dinner menu, but about half the price; so go for lunch. Even for dinner though it’s pretty affordable. Besides burgers they have pizza, pasta and sandwiches.


Tavola – Another pizza joint! There ‘zas are pretty good and they have some really good salads (a rarity in Taiwan). They have a cool New York meets Italy meets Taiwan thing going on. Their pizzas are a little bigger than five fish and a little pricier, when I want a slice it’s always a coin toss between the two.


Mr. Balagov – Not quite American but still really tasty, Mr. B’s serves classic Ukrainian food. It is a little spendy but really good. His specialty is the sultan kebab, a foot and a half of barbequed lamb. It is amazing and a big undertaking for one person, so go with a friend.


Silks Lounge- if you are looking to impress a date thinks about this place. You should make a reservation because it fills up especially on the weekend. Silks is much classier than the other places mentioned and a lot more expensive, but worth it if you can foot the bill.

These are some of my favorite places to go eat some familiar food and take a load off. I’m sure there are others and as I find them I’ll be sure to share. If you know of any good places please leave a comment and if you like this post please follow our blog. Keep an eye out for more cool things to do around Yilan and Taiwan.

4 thoughts on “The Hunger

  1. Hi Tim,
    Just found your blog while I was googling good places to eat in Yilan. A little digging around your blog and realized that you are from Oregon! We are ex-pats living in Taipei, from Portland, but I’m originally from Klamath Falls and my husband is from Medford. Small world strikes again. Enjoyed reading your blog and hearing about your adventures and perspective.
    I have a quick question, we’re going to be in Yilan in early June and I’m looking for a good, casual place to celebrate a birthday. Rain City Grille looks like a good idea, but I can’t find any reviews from 2014, only 2013, so I’m wondering if it’s still around and it’s still good. Restaurants change so fast in Taiwan you can’t count on one still being there! Can you tell me if it’s still there and a good choice for a fun dinner? Thanks!

    • Hey Stephanie,

      Rain City is pretty good, I really like Mr. Belagov’s though across from the library. I believe there’s a map on our blog somewhere. Happy trails

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