My favorite restaurants are the proverbial "hole-in-the-wall" family-run spots where the focus is on the food rather than the decor. This is probably one of the reasons why I adore Taiwan--it is a place where the emphasis is almost always placed on the food over anything else.
I stumbled upon this tiny, unremarkable restaurant once while I wandering about the Zhongxiao-Fuxing area in search of cheap eats. It's just a humble little place set in a very fancy area of Taipei set just blocks away from the glitzy glamour of Sogo. Five tables, bright yellow chairs, Chinese landscape paintings, and a fridge are about all you'll find on the inside.
The menu offers a nice selection of traditional Chinese dishes, including 麻婆豆腐 ma-po tofu, 宮保雞丁 kung pao chicken, stir-fried green vegetables, 京醬肉絲 Beijing sauce meat slices, and of course what must be their signature dish 山東燒雞 Shandong braised chicken. The most expensive dish on the menu is the Shandong braised chicken at 180 NT, but everything else is between 40-120 NT per dish. The dishes are not massive in portion, but this gives you an excuse to try more dishes. We ate everything above except the Shandong chicken, which I realized after I was already full was an unfortunate mistake. This is another one of those places where the food provides good value for money in a friendly atmosphere. They really stick to the basics here, so bring your own beverages.
No. 22, Lane 177, Fuxing South Road Section 1, Da'an District, Taipei City
phone: 2721 7293, 0966 657724
Metro: Zhongxiao Fuxing