There is a new Western food option in the Xindian Bitan area. We’re at #108 Xindian Road - that’s the street that runs between the Xindian MRT station and the river. We’re about 130 meters further down from Athula’s curry cart next to the stairs. Keep walking down the street and you’ll find us on the left just before the street bends. The Website (greenhornetcafe.com) should be up by tomorrow, and I’ll be putting a map right up front there.
So, here’s the menu basically:
[quote]Spaghetti – the classic Italian pasta made from Durham semolina wheat. We use dry pasta imported from Italy.
- with sun-dried tomatoes in white wine sauce (vegan) – $NT 140
- with clams in white wine sauce - $NT 150
- with marinara tomato sauce (vegan) - $NT 140
Pesto Linguini – a light and healthy olive oil base with pine nuts and parmesan cheese. We add some sun-dried tomatoes and roasted walnuts for extra flavor. (veg) - $NT 140
Korean Ramen Noodles – a hot and spicy snack, or a light meal – by itself or with an egg poached in
- regular - $NT 110
- with egg - $NT 120
New York Steak (house specialty) – a 10oz. lean cut, strip loin pan-fried on a cast iron griddle to ensure perfect texture and juicy succulence. Recommended medium. Served with rice or mashed potato and a green vegetable garnish. - $NT 400
Rib-eye Sirloin – a 12oz. marbled cut seared on both sides in a cast iron pan. Recommended cooked to medium-rare to ensure full flavor. Served with rice or mashed potato and a green vegetable garnish. - $NT 380
Chili – a spicy three-bean stew made with garlic and onion in a tomato base. Contains quinoa and lentils for added texture and nutrition. Served with soda crackers, or a bowl of rice (+$NT 20)
- vegan - $NT140
- “chili con carne” (with ground beef) - $NT 160
Broiled chicken wings, “Buffalo style” – a spicy American classic traditionally served with celery sticks and a blue cheese dip. We par-boil them first to reduce fat and then marinate to soak in the flavor. Our Louisiana-style cayenne vinegar sauce has explosive flavor without too much heat, but we can add some extra heat if you request it.
- plain – 5 for $NT 95; 10 for $NT 180
- with celery sticks and blue cheese dip – 5 for $NT 140; 10 for $NT 220
Broiled wings, “Kato style” (house recipe) – an Asian twist on an American classic. Think sweet and sesame with lots of garlic and distinctive peppers from Kato’s homeland.
- plain – 5 for $NT 95; 10 for $NT 180
- add celery sticks and blue cheese dip +$NT 45
Burritos – a flour tortilla smeared with refried pinto beans, doused in salsa, topped with jalapenos and spices, rolled up and served with sour cream. Two per serving.
- Regular - $NT 100
- Con carne (ground beef) - $NT 130
- Chili (veg) (instead of refried beans) - $NT 130
- Vegan (no cheese) - $NT 90
Nachos (veg) (house specialty) – homemade tomato salsa and toppings smothered in cheese and twice-broiled to perfection. Served with a side of sour cream.
- Regular: salsa, Monterey Jack & cheddar cheese, chopped jalapeno peppers, black olives, and refried beans - $NT 160
- Vegan (no cheese) - $NT 140
- Chili cheese - $NT 180
- Supreme (add beef or chicken and green olives) - $NT 200
Chips and salsa (vegan) – a great budget snack! A generous bowl of our tangy salsa alongside a plate full of warmed corn chips. - $NT 70
Seafood chowder – potatoes, onions and carrots in a cream soup with clams, mussels, scallops and fish. Served with soda crackers and bread. - $NT 95
(options: Make it big, add $NT40; make it small, minus $NT40)
Greek salad (veg) – onions, cucumber, black olives and feta cheese make this classic salad. - $NT 100
Caesar salad (veg) - made with our homemade olive oil and mustard dressing.
- standard (with anchovies and fresh egg yolk) - $NT 90
- vegetarian (with capers and no egg) - $NT 80
- standard plus chicken - $NT 120
~~ Nachos ~~
~~ Chili ~~
~~ Chicken wings ~~
~~ Seafood chowder ~~
~~ Cheese and cracker plate ~~
Here’s a look at the place:
You can see more photos on our Facebook places page here: facebook.com/GreenHornetCafe.com
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And the question on everyone’s mind, what about booze? Well, we proudly offer Xindian’s only Guinness tap. AND we are selling it at a mere $NT 150 per pint for the time being. You cannot beat that any place, any time as far as I know. The eventual regular price will be $NT 180 - still super cheap. We also offer San Miguel on tap for $NT 130. Bar shots and basic drinks are $NT 90, premiums $NT 100 to $NT 150. Most cocktails are $NT 150, some more or less.
Finally, I need to add that we have a super-duper espresso machine and can fix you up a cappuccino or something for $NT 60. Our “house coffee” comes from the same machine and is basically a nice big mug that could fairly be called an extra-long double espresso. And we DON’T add hot water using that dubious local “Americano” technique; we run it long and it still tastes good, trust me. And, most importantly, the mug can be savored for a long time.
The menu posted above is actually not the complete picture. We will be adding Thai curry, SE Asian satay sticks with peanut sauce, steamed mussels, fettuccine Alfredo and macaroni and cheese. We might even add some desserts. Join our Facebook page to stay informed of these upcoming additions.
Hope to see some fresh faces. I know a lot of foreigners live in Xindian and wish there was some decent Western food available. And, as we all know, there are essentially no bars or pubs in Xindian. So tell your friends please. We are eager to provide you with some quality service and flavors. We don’t skimp on quality ingredients or portion sizes. Best nachos plate in Taipei, guaranteed.