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W hotel – WooBar

20 Aug

Last time i went to Yen bar on the top floor of the W hotel (with the waitress in mini black dress and high heels), this time i went to woobar, which does a lounge bar, afternoon tea, lunch…

The menu is only in English, so some Taiwanese may have a problem with that (but then if you’re a foreigner that’s perfect for you).

I asked for a White Russian: vodka, Kahlua and cream, which is perfect for a coffee and cream lover like me. It’s really nice! Loved it. However i’m not really fond of the place, too dark and the music is too loud. Just like the Yen bar, it’s nice if you want to go to party after or if you’re trying to seduce a girl/boy in the puffy pillows. Liked the drinks though. And you have a view on the outdoor swimming pool which is quite nice.

A thing also to notice is that even though both W and Le Méridien belong to the same company, their guests are totally different. Le Méridien is more for families, business men and it’s pretty calm, while in W you have a lot more foreigners, young, fashionable, like to show-off and daring people. As a worker i definitely prefer Le Méridien and as a guest…it just depends the event. But for a room, as when i travel i want a quiet place, i would not choose W.

Woobar
10F W hotel
Xinyi area

NCCU – APT Café

20 Jun

If you want salads, bagels, pitas, croissants, a brownie, an apple pie or a waffle, that’s the place to go around NCCU. They have nice and big Novergian salads (except for the sauce, but well, that’s everywhere the same on this point anyway). The pitas look also pretty big and the brownie is known to be delicious. As for the waffles, they’re similar with the other coffee alley i’ve been before in Neo19. So yeah, if you want to have a western food or a sweet treat, you can go there.

Mr Brown Coffee Shop

20 May

Before taking the plane, i went to a coffee shop that is pretty famous over here and sells coffee: Mr Brown. You can easily find coffee cans everywhere from convenient stores to restaurants. I tried the macadamia nuts coffee latte, and i loved the latte art. The flavor is also nice, better than starbucks i think. I didn’t try their real espresso which is the real way to know if a coffee is good to me, but this one was nice and it’s an original flavor.

Tea & Coffee Plantation in Laos

10 May

In Laos in went to a tea plantation and a coffee plantation.

The tea plantation was mainly to see the bushes. I thought a “tea tree” would have been different. I really like the flowers those.

For the coffee, i only remember that it needs to dry for 3/4 weeks and the way of roasting the beans differs from a country to another. I just didn’t know that coffee beans looked like that, because what we often see on packaging is quite different from these beans.

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.

Cloudy Cupake

10 Dec

Cupcakes. The first i really try. I’m not usually fond of those cakes, but i had to try some at least. So I picked the coffee one, and a French custard (to not say lemon custard).

The lemon one is quite nice, even though i think that the cream is too heavy (but i think that’s normal, i mean it’s like American chantilly which is a way heavier than French one).

The coffee one however is an absolute not good. It doesn’t taste like coffee at all. Really disappointed by this one.

In the end, if you want a sweet treat, you can try the fruit ones i guess, that’s ok.Count around 70 TWD for a cupcake.

Cloudy Cupcake
Eslite Basement
Xinyi Area

MRT: Taipei City Hall

Salon de thé Robuchon

3 Dec

Maybe i was expecting too much of this salon de thé, i don’t know, but i must beforehand tell you that the review is gonna be quite harsh. After all, Robuchon is a cook, not a pastry chef, i might have forgotten that on my way… What a big disappointment. I won’t go there again.

The shop is nice, like the restaurant, and the staff also nice. They smile a little when i said that i wanted the 2 person set for myself, but they didn’t say anything. The customers are mainly foreigners or English-speaking Taiwanese (each time i go to restaurant i seat near Taiwanese that always speak in English, strange isn’t it?…)

The set for 1040 TWD, includes 2 pastries, 2 macarons, 2 drinks and 2 madeleines. Or so they said: i had financiers instead of madeleines…hum they should do what’s written or at least inform the customer before: First mistake.
On the website it’w written they have Coffee Religieuse (the main reason i came), and they hadn’t (not because it was already sold out, just because it wasn’t the season anymore): Second mistake for a salon de thé of this level. It takes 2 minutes to change your menu on your website.
So i chose a tiramisu and a lemon pie, with 2 espresso. What’s nice is that they ask you if you want your 2 espressos at the same time or one after the other.

Espresso, like in the restaurant, they were nice and it’s always a pleasure to have nice coffee once in a while here.


The lemon pie. I think the jelly layer they use to protect the cake (i don’t know its name) was too thick, it spoils the lemon custard. This was nice, but i would have prefer it with a stronger taste. Then you had a mousse inside. It was nearly tasteless. The little insert of lemon was nice, that was the only thing that had a lemon taste strong enough to call the pastry a lemon pie. And the pastry dough was again tasteless. It usually have some almond taste, or a taste, but here it didn’t have anything special. Maybe because it wasn’t cook enough or because the cake was too cold? I don’t know, but the lemon pie wasn’t strong enough.

The tiramisu. Nice in look, but so not convenient to eat. The chocolate layer was too hot, so the chocolate was soft. What was unacceptable was that my pastry was damaged on the top. It either means the pastry was not well-conserved since it was made, or that they had a problem while tempering the chocolate. For the price, in both way i can’t tolerate it. The mascarpone cream was light, but again, bland. Concerning coffee, it had some taste, the biscuit was well impregnated, but i would have expected a stronger coffee taste. And the chocolate made it difficult to eat it, so you couldn’t eat all the layers at the same time (which is bad, as if in a mille-feuilles you couldn’t eat all the layers at the same time). There was too much mascarpone for the coffee, that’ why the overall was not strong enough. My mother’s one is a way better, and i’ve tasted a lot better one elsewhere.

The financiers: too dry. Nothing else to say.

The cannelé. OMG, what a horror. Where did they see that it had so many blisters after being cooked? There was definitely a problem in the way it was heat: the inside was nearly not cooked, while the outside was too cooked. And i don’t talk about the Rum. Where was it? A Cannelé is based with rum, and here the rum was really behind. You could taste it, but i had to focus on it, that was the opposite of the one i had in L’Assiette, what was a way better, or even my mother’s ones. This was a total failure for me.

Luckily for them, they have awesome macarons. Coconuts and Violette one were my favorite. The Coffee one is ok, and the mango not strong enough for me, but maybe it was too cold again (cold kills taste, that’s horrible, you can’t eat pastries if it’s too cold).But they’re even more expensive than Pierre Hermé’s macarons that are the most expensive of Paris, so don’t make me laugh, 80 TWD (2 euros) for a macaron, that’s only because it’s called macarons that they can show those prices.

So as you saw, i was really disappointed. Everything is in the design, the look, but the taste is far behind good pastries in France. Sadaharu Aoki’s pie was a way better. The breads aren’t worth neither compared to Lalos as i already tried them in the restaurant. If you want to show off around foreigners and wealthy people, go there, but if you’re interested in good pastries, well, go to the basement instead and eat at Sadaharu Aoki. That’s all i can say.

This is an average pastry shop with of high quality pastries prices.

Salon de Thé Robuchon
Bellavita 3F
MRT: Taipei City Hall

Mom’s Pie – NCCU delivery

24 Nov

Since today i finished my exam and wasn’t really happy about the Chinese one, i decided that i needed something sweet. And, lucky me, tiday is Thanksgiving day. So the “famous” pie seller around the university that usually only comes on Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 8pm stayed longer today. I was finally able to taste these pies that everyone talk about in the area and that taipei food blogs also know. I was then expecting much about these. I was quite disappointed.

I chose 3 (i’ve been wanting to try them for 3 months now, so of course, i had to try several!): Pinapple coconut cheesecake, coffee cheesecake and strawberry banana pie. I must say that was the first time that i remember eating a cheesecake (i ate once in NYC but i can’t remember the taste, so..). I think that i just don’t like the cake in itself, because both cheesecake weren’t that good. I mean, it’s easy, you can’t really taste the fruit or coffee flavors and i don’t really enjoy this texture that’s creamy but heavy and too much cheese flavor. That’s the cake in itself that i don’t like, so i can’t really judge it, since that’s also my first time eating one.

However the strawberry banana pie was ok. Not exceptional though. I will not travel around the city to get one, and i don’t think i’ll buy another neither. I ate 3 and i was still hungry as if i hadn’t eaten anything! It’s still too “American like” dessert, which are usually not my cup of tea, except a few sweets. 

Mom’s Pie
75 Neihu Road, Section 2
Neihu District

In front of Kuma
Tuesday, Thursday
3pm to 8pm

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

Coffee Bun at Baker’s boy

25 Sep

I wanted to try this bun for a week now, but since it’s quite far from the university, i had to wait. So, i tried…and it was disappointing. It didn’t taste like coffe at all.

I bought one that just got out of the oven, so it was really hot and burning, that’s cool. But the inside is empty, there’s only a thin layer of some cream (in fact i don’t konw if this is the bun dough that’s not cooked or a cream). It’s sweet, smells sugar, and that’s all. No coffee taste at all. And i made a 45 minutes trip for this…

貝克男孩 Baker’s Boy
East Shopping Mall
MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing/Zhongxiao Dunhua

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