From Clocks To Cooks: 照島再生酒場(照島時計店)



照島再生酒場(照島時計店)Izakaya Taipei Review

照島再生酒場(照島時計店)is a popular izakaya in the Zhongshan area. It’s known for being an old Japanese clock store that was converted into a restaurant. They’ve kept a bunch of the old Japanese clocks and use them as decoration.

The setting is really nice with a large menu! They do have an English menu available making it much easier to order food.

My favorite thing was their spicy fried chicken in cheese. The cheese part was a little too much but the spices and flavors on the chicken was really good.

Everything at 照島再生酒場(照島時計店)is served up as small bites and the price can add up quick! It’s probably best to order a little food at a time and then add-on.

Even though I just gave you good advice on how to order in moderation, that’s not how we lived that night. The bill was super long for 4 people! And for Taiwan prices, very expensive!

Overall 3/5
Value 2/5
Quality 4/5
Service 4/5

The quality of the food was good, but for the price it wasn’t good enough for me to justify a high score. There are good places that are expensive in Taiwan that I think are worth it, this unfortunately isn’t one of them.


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照島再生酒場(照島時計店)Menu And Additional Photos


Rating Guide


It’s food, but you’re not going to enjoy it


Didn’t meet minimum meal expectations


Satisfying and an adequate meal.


So good you’ll eat here again!


You will remember this meal for the rest of your life!

Pricing Guide


NT$1-100 (US$0-$3.23)


NT$100-300 (US$3.23-9.68)


NT$300-700 (US$9-22)


NT$700+ (US$22.60+)


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Each rating TAIWANEATER rating is comprised of Quality, Service and Value (in order of the rating’s most important points).

QUALITY: The [Quality] is based on how good the food tastes and the presentation.

SERVICE: The [Service] is based on the dining experience. This includes the ambiance of the restaurant and how the interactions with the staff.

VALUE: The [Value] is based on both the Quality and Service in relation to the price. Ratings for food with a low price are a little more generous than food with a high price.

Money In Taiwan

Tax Is Included In The Price

All displayed prices in Taiwan are the actual price. Tax is already included and for large purchases, tourists visiting Taiwan can get a 5% Taiwan VAT refund at the airport Tax Refund counter. Some shops offer this service too, but they will require your passport.

Taiwan Is Cash Only (For Most Small Shops)

The primary payment method for all transactions in Taiwan is cash. It’s very rare for small shops to take anything other than cash. It’s more common to see places accept the Taipei Metro Card as payment rather a credit card.

Supermarkets and convenience stores in Taiwan (7-Eleven, Family Mart) do not accept credit cards (at least not American credit cards). You can only make purchases by cash or by using your pre-loaded funds on your EasyCard.

Using Credit Cards in Taiwan

If you want to use your credit card in Taiwan, make sure to check if a restaurant in Taiwan accepts credit card in advance. When a place does accept credit card, it will typically be Visa or Mastercard. It’s extremely rare for a place to accept Discover and American Express.UberEats, HonestBee, Deliveroo and FoodPanda are Taipei Food Delivery Services where you can order food directly to your airbnb or hotel using a credit card.

Exchanging Money in Taiwan

You can exchange money at the airport or any bank in Taiwan. The rates vary from bank to bank and it can be a hassle to get a good rate. For additional information, check out my Exchanging Money In Taiwan Guide.


The purpose of this review is to give an honest opinion of the food you can eat in Taiwan. Many people come to Taipei to try out Taiwanese food and end up eating at low quality places meant for tourists. This is because they don’t know where the best restaurants to eat in Taipei are or because they were recommended food by a tourist rather than Taiwan Travel Blog that has researched and tried all the best Taipei eats.

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