This is my personal list complied over the last year living in Taipei.
Everyone loves it, yeah it’s a bit loud at times with families and on weekends it can be hard to get a table for brunch but it’s by far my favorite place to eat in Taipei. The prices are more than reasonable the food tastey and the staff friendly. The all day breakfast is great for hangovers.
Negatives: the all you can drink coffee sucks IMO.
[Sababa Pita Bar
Best flafel in Taipei and one of the better ones I’ve tasted anywhere. I could spend hours talking with George about the perfect pita bread, yougert drinks or their new soups. I have yet to taste something on their menu that I didn’t like. I’ve never been there for lunch and have heard they get crowded during lunchtime but in the evenings you can always get a table there.
Negatives: Closes at 9pm everyday, not open on Sundays and oh yeah I always end up eating too much and going home with a stomach ache.
My personal favorite pizza place in Taipei and for others who are used to American style thin crust pizza. The lunch special consisting of soup/salad, pepperoni/vegetable pizza and ice tea had me coming back every week. It didn’t hurt that it was only NT$180. The owner is friendly and everyone speaks English.
Negatives: Closed on Mondays and it’s hard to get a table for dinner sometimes.
Once upon a time my favorite place to eat in Taipei, then they got popular and it became impossible to get a table for dinner without reservation. Then half the staff quit and the food was never the same afterwards. These days the burgers are still great but the salad is limp and disappointing. An ok place for lunch or for buying books.
Negatives: Just not the same as it used to be, way too crowded at dinner time. The salad is crap lately.
- Mamm Goz
[Mamm Goz - Bistro Breton (closed)
A great place to eat if you don’t care about money and love french food. The owners are very friendly people and the area is pretty posh. I can’t add much more than what I said before [url=http://tw.forumosa.com/t/mamm-goz-bistro-breton-closed/31923/12
Negatives: Pretty pricey.
- JB’s Bar and Restaurant
[JB's Bar and Restaurant - the "chat" thread
jbs-taipei.com/ (website seems to be down but this is what’s linked from the ad on f.com)
The food is made with the highest quality ingredient money can buy, the atmosphere is great and you can’t leave Taipei without trying the stout or sitting in one of their booths. The owner is usually by the bar and he really knows his stuff. It’s hard to have a bad evening in JB that is until the bill comes. You can easily spend NT$1000/person eating dinner and having a few drinks.
Negatives: Again price.
forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?t=16208 [edit: put a better link]
carnegiestaipei.net/food/ [edit: how the heck did I miss this link the first time]
The second most overrated place in Taipei. As much as I love ladies night at Carnegie’s or how friendly their staff is I can’t get away from the mediocracy of the food, combine that with their prices and I don’t know how anyone can choose to go there instead of the diner.
Negatives: Price, mediocre food and brunch is availble only on weekends.
- Grandma Nitti’s
[Grandma Nitti's Kitchen (it's back)
The most overrated place in Taipei. I’ve never disliked a place as much as this place. Everytime I went there I felt ripped off and unhappy, why did I go there you ask ? Because they had this cucumber sauce that was great and I couldn’t walk to the diner. I could go on and on but I just spent 10 minutes finding that thread and realized everyone else hates the place too so nevermind.
Negatives: Can’t find a single good thing to say about the damn place except the tazriki sauce.
I left off Alleycat because while I personally don’t like the food there all of my european friends rave about it and say it’s as good as any pizza they get in europe.