Chi Tiao Tung,one of Taipei’s most famous bustling nightlife streets, is home to authentic Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese cuisine. Surprisingly, it’s also where you can find the oldest German restaurant in Taiwan. For more than 30 years, Zum Fass has been at the same location, the basement of an ordinary apartment building at the corner of a small alley, with only a logo, a blackboard and an arrow sign reading “restaurant” to indicate its presence. Zum Fass’ low-profile has not prevented its reputation from spreading by word of mouth. It is so popular, in fact, that tables there are booked solid almost every evening. The major attraction of Zum Fass is its traditional German and Swiss cuisine, which is among the most authentic you can find in Taipei. As its name shows, Zum Fass The Keg was first started as a beer hose by a group of Swiss Businessmen. Handpicked German wines and their wives' homemade dishes made it a cozy place to relax after work. Business boomed, so they hired the late Swiss chef Anton Grueniger, who was responsible for most of the dishes on the menu. Although most dishes now use less salt and are not so rich, so as to adjust to local tastes, Jack Hsu and Mary Chen, the restaurant’s present proprietors, insist on handpicking ingredients from Germany and making the dishes by the book. German pop and folk music complement the warm atmosphere created by the homey wooden tables and chairs. Pictures of the German countryside and traditional handicrafts adorn the walls. Chen is a diligent student of European cuisine and for the last decade has been overseeing the kitchen, paying attention to details such as making sure that the right type of cheese is used in certain dishes. Hsu is in charge of the bar, which boasts a comprehensive list of beers, cocktails, wines and schnapps.

No.116-118 Sec.1 Sin Sheng N. Rd., Taipei City 104, Taiwan
TEL: 886-2-2531-3815