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The Diner

10 Jul

I wanted to try this restaurant for ages, and since this morning I went hiking and it was still 9am when i came back to Xinyi, i decided to have my breakfast there. I picked pancakes, because the hot weather reminded Thailand, and for me, Thailand+ breakfast means pancakes (maybe weird, this that’s like this). So i chose the season fruit pancakes and a banana yogourt drink (Thailand all the way).

I didn’t expect it, but it was huge! 3 pancakes, the size on an omelette, some whipped butter, a lot of fruits (that i loved it) and some syrup. The syrup cup was pretty small, and i only found out in the end that you could refill it, but anyway, it was nice. The only thing is that pancakes are heavy so maybe it would be better to choose fruits that make juice to make it easier to eat. I had to force myself to finish it and actually this made my br-un-er. So maybe reduce the size to 2 pancakes would also be cool for a breakfast.It’s not that cheap, it cost me 440NTD for the drink and the pancakes, but it’s like the average price in the area.

Anyway, a nice adress for breakfast, in a nice environment, with music. I realy liked it. They also serve French toast, omelette, hamburgers, brownies, apple pies, smoothies, juices, coffee and tea, cocktails, american breakfast, potatoes….so you can nearly have whatever you want, except waffles.

The Diner
ATT4Fun 1F, next to Starbucks
9am in the morning (everything is closed in the area otherwise)
Xinyi District

Bin

27 May

I spotted a new thing in my breakfast restaurant, so i went for it. It’s a simple “bin”, without any green onion or pepper, or anything. It’s exacly like a pizza dough. The recipe is also the same, only the way of cooking it differs. Good to know.

La Rotisserie – Palais de Chine

4 Jan

I was in the Palais de Chine hotel restaurant for different reasons for breakfast and diner. Unfortunately i couldn’t take pictures of the breakfast, but i managed to get some for the diner.
The breakfast is nice, the quality is a way better than in the Meridien, the pastries are nice, and you have a large choice. You also have cheese and bread (the bread isn’t good, but well, pretty ok when compared to Taiwanese bakeries), salads, toast, yogourt, jam, French toast, homemade omelette, pancakes and French toasts. I also really like the fact that you have real honey, with honeycomb. The choice of juices is also quite wide, with passion fruit and mango juice and they have a real expresso (that is really nice).
For the american buffet, you have sausage, potatoes
I can only complain about the fruits, which are quite rare on the buffet compared to some other breakfast buffet, but they are fresh, so…
You also have a lot of Japanese products, but i guess it is because the hotel’s customers are often Japanese (i hardly saw any foreigner). So you have miso soup,fish, and of course the Taiwanese breakfast mantou, congee, mushrooms, cabbage, shaobing, youtiao, chaozi…
So in the end, for westerners, you have a little bit less choice than in the Meridien, but the quality is better.

Now diner. La rotisserie is a semi-buffet. You have a salad bar, the soup of the day, your meat, and a dessert buffet.
The salad bar is really huge: crab, claw,shrimps, squid, salads,big tomatoes (I miss real tomatoes here, they mainly only have small ones), ham they cut for you, sushi, sashimi, maki they also prepare in front of you (but they’re not that good), bread with dried apricots, bread, springrolls.
An advice: ask for the “Bayonne ham” to be cut in thin slices, otherwise they give you a slice that is a way too thick to eat.

The soup of the day was with tomatoes, basilica, shell, and i would say a brew including squid. Nice and helpful to digest before the main dish.
My father and i chose an Australian Rib-eye of 6oz. All the meat are 6oz which is already quite a lot i think. They served if with blanch tomatoes, yellow and green zucchinis and sautéed potatoes (awww i missed it so much) with only salt and pepper, but that’s the best way to cook it. You can ask for a sauce, but we all only asked for mustard. We asked for rear meat, and it was nicely done too. The meat was really tender and yummy. However it was really warm, nearly cold, a little hotter would have been better.

Desserts now. A wide choice too: chocolate fondue, cheese, fresh fruits, movenpick ice-cream (but they sadly they didn’t have coffee), candies, yogourt, fruitpaste, donought lollipop without cream (in the morning they have cream inside), pistacchio and chocolate financier, and other small pieces. The cakes are beautiful but not that good actually. I also learned that i definetly don’t like cheesecakes, and since a lot of their desserts are cheesecakes, it may be a reason too of why i’m not that into their dessert. I didn’t finish most of them because of lack in taste. Again, like the majority of the Taiwanese dessert, the look is better than the taste. I recommand the pistacchio desserts, the peer-chocolate with alchool, the ice-creams, fruitpastes and chocolate fondue.

Also the staff is nice, you have musicians playing in the back, but the service a way too long if you don’t eat 4 plate of salad buffet like the Taiwanese we saw. Another nice stuff is the Lagiole knife, which is really convinient to cut your meat.
It’s a nice restaurant for the price (depending your meat but around 2000TWD without tax per person), since you can eat a much as you want and the meat is really good.

La Rotisserie
Palais de Chine 6Fl
3, Chengde Rd Sec 1
MRT: Taipei Main Station

Hero House Breakfast

14 Dec

A Swiss friend, knowing that i love to try different Taiwanese breakfast, invited us to the Hero House, which is a place for the old Taiwanese soldiers and where they can get advantages and other stuff. On the second floor for example, they have a restaurant for breakfast. For 100 TWD, you can eat as much as you want. I love this concept that we don’t have back in France. So at 7am, we were there, with the soldiers, politic men (there is the presidential house just next to it), and the old people. Yeah, we had to wake up at 6am to be there on time, so this is quite an adventure to get a breakfast in Taiwan.

The buffet is composed of scramble eggs, plain eggs, steam bun (mantou), congee (rice soup), pickles, toast, butter, jam, soy milk, cabbage, rice, tofu with tomatoes, fried tofu, meat in small pieces, bananas and another veggie (don’t know what it was). And you can serve yourself as many times as you want. The food is ok, but not that good. It’s a nice change, if you want to try something different, but i prefer the usual one. Anyway it was a nice experience.

Hero House 2F
MRT: Xiaonanmen

Taiwanese breakfast: Green onion feuilleté

26 Oct

Small bread filled with green onion. Their “feuilletés” are quite different, with sesamy, but nice. I just would add some salt if possible.The dough is the same as the one used for Shaobing i guess.

Taiwanese breakfast: the radish cake

26 Oct

I nearly have tried everything i guess, so i asked Taiwanese people if there were some other special dishes for breakfast. They told me “Luo Bo Gao”. What the hell is that thing? I googled it and found out it was a radish cake. Ah yeah! I had seen it several times but i always thought it was fish… Yeah, the time when i’ll know everything i eat here is far…

So this morning i went for a Luo Bo Gao. Result: the thing in itself doesn’t have much taste, it’s like a rice cake: soft and white. The only thing that gives taste is the sauce. It’s not bad, but that’s not my favorite neither.

Taiwanese Breakfast: Rice ball

23 Oct

I think i’ve nearly tried everything now concerning the typical taiwanese breakfast (except pastries and plain sandwiches). So this one is a rice ball filled with watherver you want again: cheese, vegetables, bacon, eggs… It’s nice too, but i prefer the Shaobing.

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