I’ve tried to get a table on three separate occasions at Evans Burger’s new location on Shida Road (師大路) — it recently moved from its colonial-style bungalow digs around the corner — but each time there was a half-hour wait (the last time was on a Sunday night at 9:30pm). After finally getting a seat on a Tuesday morning at 11:30am, when the place was already one-third full, the reason for its popularity soon became apparent.
Evans Burger has deployed an interior design concept rarely used in Taiwan: booths. Booths for parties of four (and comfortable too). Booths for six and even 10. Booths on the main floor, booths in the basement.
Separated by wooden barriers that rise about 1.5m off the terra-cotta floor, a height that ensures a modicum of intimacy, each booth has cushioned seats and is tastefully finished in walnut brown, a color that suits the exposed brick and honey-colored walls, which are adorned with Americana.
Another addition is a long bar with seven black stools, behind which is a limited selection of liquors. The cocktail menu will be available from May 1. Stella Artois is the only beer on tap. On Fridays and Saturdays the joint stays open until 2am.
The food menu is the same as at Evan Burger’s previous location: burgers, sandwiches, fajitas and hot dogs — all good eats at affordable prices. All the restaurant needs to do now is expand its beer menu and start showing sports on the big screen television also located behind the bar.
Address: 1, Ln 86, Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路86巷1號). Tel: (02) 2365-5022. Open daily from 8:30am to 11pm, closes at 2am Fridays and Saturdays. Evan Burger’s other location is at 27, Ln 13, Pucheng St, Taipei City (台北市浦城街13巷27號1F). Tel: (02) 2368-2225. Open daily from 11am to 11pm, opens at 9:30am Saturdays and Sundays.
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