A Sweet and Savory Review (pt. 1)

Day 1: Les Bebes Cafe貝貝西點 – Location: No. 10, Lane 295, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 – Website http://www.lbb.com.tw/

Everything from the service to the ambiance to the meals and drinks to the desserts are made to perfection. For 3-4 people, I recommend ordering a salad or appetizer, 2 courses, and then ordering dessert sets that EACH come with a drink and 3 mini cupcakes or 1 large cupcake. It will be more than enough to share!


Black-and-white cupcake

Day 2: (pt 1) Kaguraya 神楽家 – Sogo Zhong Xiao Department – Location: No.45, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan – Website http://www.afternoon-tea.com.tw/

This is a mother-daughter favorite. My mom and I come to restaurant at least once every single time we visit Taiwan. Every single member on the restaurant staff is friendly and provides wonderful customer service. What I love most about this restaurant is that the food is delicate and well-proportioned – I have yet to experience a dish that is either overly abundant or unsettling in the amount of grease or oil used.


Salmon and Yellowtail sashimi

Day 2: (pt 2) Afternoon Tea – 新光三越 Department Store – Location: 台北市南京西路14號2樓 – No. 14, 2nd Floor, Nanjing W. Rd., Taipei City, Taiwan – Website http://www.afternoon-tea.com.tw/

After getting a later evening hair cut, my mom and I found this restaurant in a department store across the street. It was lit up with Christmas lights and decor and overlooked the street from the 2nd floor. It’s a quaint spot that is nestled behind many jewelry and clothing sections within the mall.

We ordered a Christmas set which included dinner rolls, two soups, two meals, two desserts, and two drinks. Everything was of perfect portions and was definitely plenty for two hungry petite women!


Steak Risotto, with a side of greens and potato salad

Day 3: (pt 1) Old Tree Cafe 老樹咖啡 – Location: No. 60號, Section 1, Xinsheng South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan – Website http://www.oldtree.com.tw/

This is a family favorite! My grandmother began taking me with her to this little cafe near her former home when I was in elementary school. I used to despise going into the cafe because there would tables of men smoking cigars, and as a young girl, I was not keen to the smell. However, I loved their tea sandwiches.

They have, since then, transformed into more of a family cafe and have, in my humble opinion, the best coffees and club sandwiches!


Club sandwich with egg

Day 3: (pt 2) Tino’s Pizza Cafe 遇見提諾 – Location: Section 2, Jinan Road, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

My younger brother adores this place!

As a pizza fiend, I am still partial to the pizza I am used to and fond of in Southern California; however, I’ll give this restaurant credit for its portions and variety.


Smoked duck pizza

Day 4: (pt 1 – dessert only!) Movenpick Cafe – Location: Taipei Railway Station, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

This cute little cafe is in several locations around Taipei, but after a long day of riding the MRT, we found this in the Metro Mall underneath the Taipei Main Station. I have yet to try their meals, but I give their desserts an A+! I have yet to be disappointed by their delectable treats!



Day 4: Arashi Yama Japanese restaurant 嵐山壽司 割烹料理 – Location: 台北市逸仙路42巷5號 – No. 5, Section 42, Yi Hsien Rd., Taipei, Taiwan

Alright – I need to forewarn you about this restaurant!

Two things: (1) It can be very difficult to find because it is a small location and is hidden between residential areas and a school. (2) It’s pretty EXPENSIVE!

We were invited to a birthday dinner and the host of the dinner seemed to know the restaurant staff well, so just be aware!

Either which way, it was DELICIOUS! I am not sure of what exactly what we ordered (in terms of set name or meal name); however, it was amazing! There were several courses, and they began with a small plate of fruit to enhance your appetite and to give your palette a clean refreshed slate. They slow enriched the flavors with each course and finished with a small treat! It was perfect.


Sashimi plate

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