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Brown Sugar

5 Mar

A bar-restaurant providing latino/jazz live concerts and a danse floor, that makes it a must see.
You can choose between 2 sets with appetizer, soup, main dish and dessert, or  “à la carte”. We picked the first set.
Hum, the ‘salad’ had nothing to do with a salad actually: it was salami with melting cheese. This was nice.
I didn’t want any soup, so i’ll skip this part.
The main dish was a risotto with roasted chicken. The chicken was ok, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the case for the risotto: too much pepper, too much cheese, and the sauce was really too strong. The rice was overly cook for me (but it depends how you like it).
The crème brulée with berries was nice, even though it lacked berries (4 berries in a crème brulée, that’s a little light).
As for the cocktail, i chose the “Paris Runaway”, which was too sweet and chemical (the strawberry sirop). However my friend’s cosmo was ok, so i guess it depends which cocktail you pick.

The live concert was really nice. We had a latin girl singing, and Taiwanese dancing quite well! Looking at them, they all had salsa class before. The atmosphere is really nice and the place also trendy with nice lights. I suggest you to arrive before the concert otherwise all the seat will be full.
Count at least 560NTD for the dinner and around 350NTD for a drink. 

Brown Sugar
110 Songren Road
Xinyi area

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Yen Bar

5 Mar

On top of the W hotel, you can find the Yen bar, with a nice view over Xinyi area. The bar is really small, so you better come early. The place is fancy and trendy, and the cocktails quite good. I tried the Ms W with truffle infused vodka, rose, vanilla and champagne (if i remember well). Quite pricy (it starts around 600NTD), but the bar is nice and you have free refill of sweet potato chips. It’s a good option if you want to go to clubs after.

Yen Bar
34th floor (i think)
W hotel in Xinyi area

Southern Asia, or the Shake & drink place

22 Feb

Shakes

What i loved about Thaïland, Cambodia and Laos, after their food, was the Shakes. You can have all the fruits you want. Banana, Papaya, Coconut, Watermelon, Melon, Pineapple, Apple, Orange, Passion Fruit, and everything with real, fresh fruits and milk or yogourt if you want. The fruits are even better than in Taiwan and you have to be careful to not ask 2 or 3 in a row.

But, what’s even cooler, is that you can also have things that aren’t fruit in your shakes. Oreo? Vanilla? Coffee? Biscuit? That’s not a problem.
I saw the oreo shake: a all package of oreos mixed. Scary, but delicious…

My favorite? Banana shake and coconut shake.

Coffee & Teas

Southern Laos is famous for its coffee, but i prefer the one from Cambodia that smells awesome, a hazelnut and coffee mixed butbut with a strong taste of coffee, and not burn coffee taste like Laos coffee was sometimes.
As for Nothern Thailand, you can find everywhere coffee shops with espresso, espresso con pana, latte (all kind of latte), ice coffee, coffee shake, milk coffee… and tea too. Thai tea is…orange. Taste better than the Mocha wich isn’t my cup of tea…
My favorite goes for Cambodian coffee and then Thai espresso.

Boite de Bijou

9 Dec

I wanted to try it. I asked for a Far Breton, a Gâteau Basque and a Chocolate Kougelhof. I asked if i could eat there, and they told me ok. However if you wan to eat the cakes, you have to buy a drink (and when the drink is more expensive than the cake, it’s slightly bothering. Otherwise the shop is really nice and cozy and the cakes are well displayed. With Wendel it’s my favorite concerning the design of the shop.

The far breton was sooo small, only for one person (which is great in my case). Only a single prunce inside the far. The flan was nice and well done.

The chocolate-orange Kougelhof was also nice. Maybe a little too smooth because usually it’s a little harder (here you could squeeze it like a crêpe), but the taste was there. I’ll try the Panetton next time, and maybe the “Galette des rois” since it was nice.

The Gâteau Basque…Ok, this is a little bit special. Because i was expecting a real Gâteau Basque, that i have been waiting for more than 3 months now. SO i was really eager to try it. But tadam, when i cut it…no custard. I was sooooo disapointed. There were Maroons instead inside. WTF! Maroon in a Gâteau Basque? Have you ever seen that? I was thinking that again it was one of the Taiwanese thing and i was really getting fed up with it, but actually the taste was quite nice. The maroons are melting in the mouth, and the cake in itself is harder that a real Gâteau Basque, so it goes well and it’s not too heavy. Of course i wasn’t satisfied because it wasn’t the real one, but if you don’t take it for a Gâteau Basque, that’s good.

So far that’s my favorite with Sadaharu Aoki, but i haven’t really tried pastries yet, only cakes, so that’s not the same. I have to check the pastries next time. However the bread was too cooked, you can tell by the look, so i would rather go to Lalos. As in France: a good bakery is not a good pastry shop! (except for Des Gâteaux & du Pain).
I also saw that some MOF confiserie have been there and that their pastry chef was one of their students.

Lizhu Road ln 109
MRT: Liuzhangli

Marco Polo

20 Nov

Then we went to a nice bar that a friend told us about. You can see her blog here. She takes amazing pictures so if you want some to see the real thing about Taiwan, go and see her. Anyway, i took one of her pictures because my camera didn’t work since it was too dark.
The bar was at the 38th floor of the Shangri La hotel, and have an amazing view on the city and Taipei 101. The cocktail were not that good for some of my friends (mojitos and long island ice tea, which i thought was nice because it wasn’t too sweet and a little bit sour, but maybe that’s because i really don’t know anything at cocktails.).
But the one we took with another friend was awesome: Bird of Paradise: Baileys, banana cream, Tia Maria, milk, cinammon, and maybe grenadine, i can’t remember. Delicious but too small!

The view is worth coming, and the environment is nice and cosy. Count around 450 TWD for a cocktail.

Marco Polo
Shangri La
201 Section 2 Dūnhuà S. Rd,
Daan District, Taipei
MRT: Liuzhangli

Ludocafé – NCCU

14 Nov

I tried a coffee there since the weather is quite shitty here. One whole week of rain, non-stop. Every morning before opening my eyes i try to listen to the rain, hoping that, no, finally today i won’t hear it. But well, it doesn’t seem to work. So what’s best when you have to study and it’s raining than something hot? 

Thus i went to this coffee shop, after going 2 times to Starbucks (but it will ruin me if this goes on). Hazelnut Coffee Latte. I didn’t really feel the Hazelnuts, but the coffee latte was ok. Not that good, but not too sweet as the Caramel Mochiatto that’s horrible (i tried it 2 times in Starbucks and another shop, that’s a way too sweet. Too bad because i like the flavor though).
The shop in itself is quite nice, with some music and pictures. A good alternative if you don’t want to pay twice as much for the same thing. And it’s not too crowded so you can stay there a long time.

Café Chin Chin

23 Oct

I think i have found my coffee shop. I still have to go there another time to try their salads and tea time cakes which look amazing, but i really liked their Caramel Macchiato with Latte Art. What’s more you can seat outside but still be hidden from the street, and the staff is nice. The only problem is that it’s quite expensive: 140 TWD for one e, even if it’s a big one, that’s not cheap compared to the 35 TWD of the Americano from Mc Donald.  And you also need to go there. But anyway, it was nice and i’ll come back again for sure.

Café Chin Chin
MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing

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