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Mon – Fri: 11:30–16:00 Sat – Sun:11:30–17:00
Brookhurst Seafood Bar
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Tues – Sun:17:30–00:00
No. 43, Lane 308, Guangfu South Road, Taipei / 光復南路308巷43號
Knowing how expensive the rent is in Taipei, works like the wonder of jobshare, Brookhurst does “cuisine share”. For me I don’t tend to have Vietnamese at night, it’s kinda a lunch thing and I don’t think I want to grub and chug with beer for lunch either. At Brookhurst, it is when two become one. Pho for Lunch and Seafood for dinner.
I tried their famous chicken, beef pho when they first opened. Loved their broth, very rich and didn’t have the heavy MSG you get in normal Viet restaurant. On a hot night, we ordered something refreshing and cold.
The rice paper roll was very light with the minimal additional flavors, so it relied on its Nuoc Cham ( dipping sauce). It tasted lightweighted and guilt free but I think I prefer the fattening deep fried ones.
We had the BH Bahn Mi with pork too, this brought back alot of childhood memories. Bahn Mi used to be the one and only Viet dish I liked when I was little and it was back in the times in Melbourne. This wasn’t popular in most of the restaurant I went and it was really hard to find.
Loving the BBQ pork and chicken bun, a huge portion of veggies – lettuces and carrot. The BBQ meat were spot on and everything worked like wonder.
At night Brookhurst turned into the hippest cuisine in town, the seafood bar adopted the concept form the Boiling Crab LA. Took the boil in a bag Cajun style seafood 10 years to get to Taipei, never too late though. This is what we call dig in, we put the gloves on and use our hands for everything. They came in a plastic bag and in there you got everything you order in whatever sauce you choose. It was a fun night putting your bibs on and leave your phone aside, enjoy the night with your friends. Brookhurst also gave you a seal lock bag for your phone, in case it got all messy and you can still get access to your phone when you have your gloves on with the Cajun sauce dripping off.
The mussels and the scallops were super duper good, the for the greens I loved the potatoes, corns and broccolis . With just the three of us we ordered the S meal (TWD $999) with 3 different types of seafood with all the addon vegetables (TWD $60 each), the portion was just right.
Brookhurst seafood bar is a great place to hang and an awesome night out with friends. Especially when everyone has to have their phones down, this became super rare after the invention of smart phones. Loved my get messy night, had so much fun.