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Alleycat’s

7 Nov

In lack of western food, i went to a famous pizzeria here. It’s a chain, call Alleycat’s and i’ve seen seeral reviews saying it was good and one of the best of the city. So i tried, expeting a real italian pizza. Hum, i wonder how’s the worse if that’s the best pizza…(i know i love to criticize).

I chose a chorizo and ham pizza. The dough isn’t right: not cook enough, and crispy, but crispy like a chips, not like a pizza dough. The tomato sauce was lacking and the pizza in itself was lacking taste. I had to put a lot of tabasco and chilly to eat something with taste, while i usually can’t stand spicy food (i wonder what kind of chorizo they put…). The filling is aoily like american pizza, but they tried to make a dough like an italian pizza, so it ends up in a weird mix between a pizza-tacos. And 10 inch: 473 TWD.

I felt quite bad. Even wore when i saw pizza hut just behind with free buffet for around 300TWD. For junk food, i’d rather to pizza hut and get my hawai pizza.

MRT Taipei Main Station M6

Sadaharu Aoki Taipei

7 Nov

When i start to get in lack of French Pastries, i become a real bother to people around me. So, i went to a French bakery get my shot of sugar (yeah despite the name, it’s French: a Japanese baker that studied in France and has his shop there).

I started with a “quiche lorraine” and a cold Mocha tea. A funny thing in Taiwan in general, is that when they say that you have salad with your dish, they mean ONE leaf of salad. Don’t expect a proper salad. It just doesn’t exist. Then i tried the “Tarte caramel au beurre salé” (salted butter caramel pie)and the “éclair au caramel”, to stay in the same taste. (and then i went to another bakery to eat other sweet things)

Quiche of the day: not that great, the egg taste is too stong i think. Then you nearly don’t have any “lardons” and potatoes are also lacking. So it’s more an egg quiche. However the pastry is really good.

Tarte caramel au beurre salé: that’s good. The caramel is really great, salted enough and the thin chocolate mousse softens the taste. The pastry is nice too and crispy enough.
The éclair au caramel: ok, they made a mistake. Not about the pastry, but the service. They gave me the pastry that just came out the fridge. I didn’t ask for a frozen éclair. They should at least know the basic knowledge of the 15 minutes out of the fridge before serving. When i first tried it, the cream inside was too cold and the puff pastry really hard. I had to wait a bit, but still i can’t wait 15 minutes doing nothing in front of the pastry. It’s ok but the “Des Gâteaux et du Pain” religieuse is a way better. The puff pastry isn’t really to my taste, i found it too dry and hard (maybe because it was still cold).
Mocha cold tea: so weird. I’m not a tea drinker, so i don’t know anything about tea, but this is really strange. A little bit sour, really green…I’m still trying to figuring out if i like it or not.

It was nice to find some good French pastries, but unfortunately those two were the only one i wanted to try, so i need to find something else for next time.

Count 800 TWD for this.

Sadaharu Aoki
Bellavita B2
MRT: Taipei City Hall

Lalos: a MOF in Taipei

7 Nov

I’m glad. Really. I found a MOF in Taipei. With nice cakes and breads. Better than Kayser (i think). And with French bakers (yeah yeah yeah, i said hello to one of them, and i heard some Taiwanese women saying that one was quite awesome -funny thing is that they were 40 years old women acting like teenagers in front of a baker in his 20’s….). I love Taiwanese, they’re so cute.

Anyway, that’s not the point here. The bakery is a French bakery from Frederic Lalos, a 1997 MOF who also has the brand “Le quartier du pain” in Paris & Boulogne. I tried a slice of a Marbré, a Palet breton and a white chocolate cookie. They have a lot of bread which are nice (i taste the samples), and not too soft even with the huge rain outside (which is really nice compared to the Carrefour bread that are more chewing gums than breads…). You can also spot cannelés, muffins, real sandwiches, croissants, pains au chocolat, croissants aux amandes (that look like ones contrary to Kayser in Taipei), financier, sablés, flan… It’s cheaper than Paul and better, and closer for me, so that’s perfect.

Now the review. The Marbré was really good. Not too dry and heavy, with chocolate but not too much. I came back to my grand mother’s place when i ate it. Just loved it.
The palet breton was quite plain, not salty enough for me, but i think they mixed the “sablé” and the “palet breton” on the board because it was definitely like a simple sablé. Anyway, i’ll not buy that again since it’s too simple.

The cookie with white chocolate and nuts: Melting inside and crispy on the borders. Nice, but not awesome. I’ll keep the marbré for me.

What is strange is that i had more pleasure into eating a simple marbré than the Aoki pie, even if it was delicious. Because the marbré reminded me home and family, while Aoki was good but maybe too “cold”. That’s the first time that something like this happens….

Lalos
Taipei 101 B1

MRT: Taipei City Hall

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