TPEats - New blog with short reviews of Taipei restaurants

restaurants

#1

We decided to start keeping track of all our meals out in Taipei, with pictures and short reviews. It won’t be as full-featured as other restaurant blogs, but there should be enough to get an idea of whether a restaurant is worth a visit. Our main goal is to just keep it active and running for as long as we can – we’re already 50+ posts and aiming for at least 5 a week!

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Check it out – maybe you’ll find something you’d like to try!


#2

FYI: This post originally had links for the restaurants/cafes mentioned, but it looks like we hit Forumosa’s link limit, so if you want to see the same post with all the links, check it out on Reddit here: https://www.reddit.com/r/taiwan/comments/7v6ui4/hey_rtaiwan_thanks_for_checking_out_our_blog_here/

By the way, for those that just want pictures, we also have an Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tpeatsblog/

Hey guys, it’s been a few weeks since we announced our blog, so we thought we’d give a writeup on our recent favorites!

Recently we’ve made a lot of trips to the Chifeng Street area, between the Zhongshan and Shuanglian MRT stations. This area is a nice contrast to the neighboring Zhongshan North Road area (the alleys around the SPOT film house) – whereas Zhongshan North Road features tidy rows of large, flashy cafes and hair salons, the Chifeng Street area is a mess of auto shops and hardware stores, with tiny hipster cafes and shops hidden in between. Our favorite in this area is Migo’s Cakes for their excellent chiffon cakes and milk teas, while the minimalist cafe iki is a hot newcomer to the area. For good (not great) food, check out Solo Pizza Napoletana for Neapolitan-style pizza and Gung Lok Union Grocery for an interesting mix of hipster cafe and Hong Kong bing sutt.

Another up-and-coming cafe district is in the alleys off Songjiang North Road near Xingtian Temple station – there are four or five cafes just on Lane 204 alone. Among them are the excellent Egg Host, which seems to be teeming with Instagrammers (guess that includes us!), and Refill the Love. Nearby Wood White is very nice as well.

For fans of French-style desserts (or perhaps it should be Japanese versions of French-style desserts), we recently ran across two unexpected gems, Zenzoo Patisserie near Zhongshan and Le Bleu Ballon Patisserie near Jiantan (albeit a bit out of the way).

As for actual food, here are a few standout restaurants we enjoyed recently:

  • Eddy’s Cantina in Tianmu has long been a favorite for Mexican food. This time we treid their second location, which we enjoyed being bigger and easier to access – guess we’re getting old!

  • Xiang Xiang near Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall is quickly becoming one of our favorite beef noodle restaurants.

  • La Mole between Xingtian Temple and Zhongshan Jr High stations has authentic northern Italian dishes at a midrange price.

  • Peacock Bistro on Dihua Street is one of the best at the Western/Taiwanese fusion trend, with a unique setting to boot.

Hope you find something you’re interested in – we’ll try to make these posts a regular thing going forward!


#3

Keep up the good work!

Your IG link is to your FB, typo? :wink:


#4

I’ve been reading the TPeats blog for the past 2 week. Thank for the food recommendation. Alot of the restaurants look lovely and good for weekend meals.

Any chance of reviewing and providing some recommendation for some more "every day"eateries (~150-200 twd per meal) for during the week?


#5

Thanks both for the feedback! We’ve fixed the links in the post – thanks!

We will look into doing more <$200 meals – we often eat at those too! The problem is that it is hard for restaurants in that price range to stand out or be particularly blog-worthy. And the ones that have more of a reputation are likely to have very long lines, which we tend to avoid. But we’ll be on the lookout for more opportunities like that in the future.

By the way, we would definitely recommend you try the nicer restaurants during the week if you can, so that you can take advantage of weekday lunch specials. You can pay twice as much for dinner or on a weekend, but you probably won’t get twice as good of an experience!


#6

Hey guys, here is another update on some of our favorite restaurants we tried over the past month!

  • February 14 might be long gone, but in Taiwan, there’s always another Valentine’s Day coming up. If you’re looking for a private, romantic setting with great food, check out 50/50 Cuisine Française in Minsheng Community or Hidden by DN near Taipei 101.

  • Notice a lot of Cantonese/Hong Kong restaurants popping up lately? Near Zhongshan, Dim Sum Line is a fun experience, with dim sum zipping to your table via an automatic tray. Also nearby is Ming Shiang Yuan Cafe (which also has a newer, nicer-looking location in East District) with rich but satisfying cha chaan teng fare. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, more refined, and much more expensive, then Ming Court at the Hotel Royal-Nikko has you covered.

  • Big Boyz Pizza near Nanjing Fuxing is surprisingly good for an American-style pizza craving. Might need to go back to try their deep dish (need to call in advance – or wait an hour – if you want to have it).

  • If the weather ever gets cold again before winter, Chin Huajiao near Zhongshan has flavorful hotpot and good meats at a mid-range price.

That’s it for this time – hope you see something you’re interested in!


#7

Have you guys come across any good Armenian restaurants?


#8

Haven’t seen any Armenian food in Taipei, but was curious and did a Google search, and found this cafe in Taichung with dolma http://tammiw0519.pixnet.net/blog/post/113531024-家比咖啡!-亞美尼亞風味~:

By the way, we just celebrated our 100th post with an old favorite, Zoca!


#9

Fantastic! Good Armenian is worth travelling for. Will go check it out!


#10

Nicely done. It’s a pleasure to read some literate (and witty!) commentary on Taipei’s growing multinational dining scene. I take it you folks have lived in HK and/or Japan?

Guy


#11

Yes, we lived in HK for a while (and mostly in the US before then). But most of our food experience with HK and Japan comes from travel since moving to Taipei. Thanks for reading and for the encouragement!


#12

If you guys ever need recommendations, I got plenty!

Liking the style of your blog and navigating/filters are simple!

Keep up the good work!