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No. 35, Lane 194,Songjiang Rd  台北市松江路194巷35號

02-25621618

Thursday – Sunday 1300 – 1800

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I arrived around 12:30 and there were already a line in front of a closed door, no signage, no post, there were nothing indicate that it is a cafe.  I swear if it wasn’t because of the line, I wouldn’t know its a cafe.  People waited patiently and yet excited. Everyone was taking #selfies posting on IG showing off that they were lining up for this infamous but mysterious shop.  Doors opened promptly at 1:00, without further adieu customers were seated accordingly and I was lucky enough to get the last table.  It isn’t a huge cafe, in fact it has less than 15 seats.  Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡

The shop is decorated with artworks and furnitures from Japan, also an area designated for Between Whiles General store which sell some of the good finds from parts of Japan.  The cafe was filled with delicious aroma from the busy kitchen, cakes, cakes and cakes.  Each of the cakes were limited and yea they only have one menu to go around, so you have to wait for your turn to order.  Between whiles is here 時常在這裡

My friend was a bit disappointed as they only offer teas but not coffee, we agreed that it was a right decision for a shop like Between Whiles, but they offer a summer drink menu during summer time.  If you do manage to get a table, it doesn’t mean that you will get all the choice on the menu.  Their cakes were so limited that they sold out before the first round, so yea, it’s playing the I’m hard to get game.   If you want to do take outs be sure to come early, they tend to sold out within an hour or two.  Other than their regular salted butter pound cake ($200) and apple turnover ( $200), they also have a weekly special – the one we had was  sweet potato chiffon cake ($180).

Girls never have enough sweets!!! We ordered three desserts to share between the two of us.  The sweet potato chiffon was layered with creamy mash which was very dense  and it was a strong comparison to the light and fluffy chiffon layer.  I also liked the salted butter pound cake, it was warm and companioned by their fluffy whip.

My friends from Hong Kong always love the pound cake I buy them as souvenirs.  I do always FB message them two weeks before I fly out from Taipei and get my order sorted.

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Restaurant or lounge bar? Your choice – LMNT 元素創意廚房

LMNT  元素創意廚房

 

LMNT  元素創意廚房

38 SongShou Road, XinYi Dist (Neo 19) 信義區松壽路28號

02 2723 0068

When Element drops it’s Es, it’s LMNT!  We had our girls night out here last week, after a long ride.  Originally it should only took us about 20 mins to get there, LOL but we ended up with an hour and a bit.  Though, the ride was long, we seized the moment and it felt like the old time when we had road trips back home.  Such an adventurous trip, guess we just wanna have fun or a getaway is much needed.

I used to club at the LMNT lounge bar and this was the first time I visited their restaurant.  Surprisingly, the place was brightly lit and spacious with ample of mirrors.

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This could also be a perfect place for you and your homies to chill, chitchat and good food double wins.   For us,  we laughed our heads off the entire dinner, hopefully we weren’t too loud.  Girls just wanna have fun.

We set our eyes on the Italian Soda, on the sour side we ordered the grapefruit summer ($180) whereas the yellow kiwi is slightly sweeter.  Our Silly Sally was sipping away her drink, and she went I like the yellow kiwi but… but .. but.. it has soda in it. Our faces dropped and burst into laughter.  She made my day 🙂

Our first dish was Parma Ham and Melon with Homemade Fig ($280), the fig took me by surprise as it was marinated with a special sauce and it added a hint of sourness to it.  If you like Parma Ham I would recommend this.

Followed by the Kimchi SPAM Fried Wonton ($280) if I have to rank my favorite dishes of the night, sorry Kimchi and SPAM you are down at the bottom.  This was basically a fried kimchi wonton the SPAM was only a tiny weeny piece, this was a bit disappointing and wasn’t as wow as the others.  When I spotted Buffalo Wings ($280) on the menu, I was like I want this I want this.  “spicy or original?” All of us said in unison “SPICY!” The wings are too common for lounge bars and I have had some over fried ones before and also those swim inside the sauce.  LMNT’s was cook the way it should, and the meat was still tender and juicy.  Without paying attention, there was a mountain of bones in front of Dino I this proved Dinosaurs are meat eaters.   I liked the wings here, will definitely come back for more.

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LMNT  元素創意廚房 LMNT  元素創意廚房 LMNT  元素創意廚房 LMNT  元素創意廚房 LMNT  元素創意廚房For mains we ordered two Pizza kinda dish.  Kimchi Pork Pizza ($280)  was something you shouldn’t miss and it was no where near it’s twins at the pizza joint.  When the think crust and deep dish ain’t my cup of tea, thin and crispy crust for the win.  The kimchi went humorously with the extra cheesy, marinated pork and the crust, it gives the pizza most of its flavor and also a bit moist to it.  I gotta admit that I love it and my Dino once again she just couldn’t help herself from eating it.  It will be a perfect match with a cold beer.

Did I say I DON’T LIKE DEEP DISH??? But this one is the UFO deep dish  “hello.. hello… can you hear me, are we gonna land on Saturn soon?” If it can take me to outerspace why not give it a try.  We had  the Sicilian Seafood UFO Deep Dish ($320), this one you gotta eat it when it’s hot.  I quite like this one but not as much as the pizza though, there were plentiful of seafood inside the pie.   Even though it didn’t score as high as the kimchi pizza but I must say the meat sauce inside was da bomb.  We were talking about ordering the sauce along with the seafood and have it with nachos, ummm mouthwatering.

I would recommend all the dishes that we had today except for the deep fried wonton, but if you are a kimchi fans then why not.

Lastly, Miss Photogenic.  This Chestnut Berry Shell Éclair ($250) was a bit disappointing,  it looked yummilcous, once again it was the case of it’s book cover doesn’t match the contents. However, girls need something sweet all the time and a quarter of it wasn’t that bad.  It was on the sweet side and the chestnut and berry taste were a bit mild compare to the sweetness.

We had a great night, girls night out is always a good way to release some of the stress.

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Jade Lounge 青隅 – Mandarin Oriental Taipei 臺北文華東方酒店

Jade Lounge 青隅 – Mandarin Oriental Hotel 臺北東方文華酒店

  158 DunHau North Road  台北市敦化北路158號

 02 2715 6886

http://www.mandarinoriental.com/taipei/fine-dining/the-jade-lounge/

Jade Lounge 青隅

After 8 years of wait and Mandarin Oriental Taipei finally opened it’s door in May.  MO Taipei made it’s grand entrance and claiming the title of the first SIX stars hotel in Taiwan.  It adopts the ostentatious and classy style just like others around the world. From Mario Cittadini to Frank Haasnoot and Tony Chi you can tell how much effort and thoughts  the hotel has put in to it’s luxurious name.  Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅

Enjoy the full body massage followed by my favorite rose petal jam scone and Strawberry green tea is always my kind of afternoon.  I made reservation for afternoon tea at the Jade Lounge well before the opening day.  However, I had my hopes too high for Jade Lounge, after a few visits to MO, I would say I like  Coco and YaGe the best.

Jade Lounge unlike Cafe Causette in Hong Kong, they have a minimum charge of one tea set ($1250) per person.

They offer three different types of  Tea sets : The three tiers Jade afternoon tea (TWD $1250), Afternoon tea pairing with Ruinart ‘R’ Champagne  (TWD $1900) and The caviar afternoon tea – served with 15g caviar and champagne (TWD $3750)

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Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅I paired mine with my favorite Strawberry green tea, it still tastes the same.  Couldn’t wait till I have my scones here, but they only offer some strange flavors here like raisins, green tea and chocolate.  Where’s my plain scones??

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The three tiers came with : sweets, savories, cookies n scones as well as Le Jambon Cru on baguette and petits fours on the side.

I would say the top tier was the best and they tasted as good as their look.

For the Middle tier,  they tasted blend but you can tell that they use fresh ingredients.  I loved the Crab Remoulade with Lemon Caviar and the Egg Mimosa was way too dry;  wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Now, onto the worst but yet the ones I had been reminiscing after my last HK trip.  The scones came in random flavor, which left me with nothing but go with the raisins ones.  The scone itself was too dry and floury, it didn’t have the buttery scent like the ones at Smith and Hsu.  Rose petal jam wasn’t on the menu, so they came with Lemon curd and blueberry jam, I asked for whipped cream and had to wait for 25 mins.  The chocolate were a strong finish note , the dark chocolate were to my liking and with a strong cocoa flavor.  Frank Haasnoot made my day.  Overall, I guess an afternoon tea of me, myself n I at the MO won’t be happening in Taipei since scones are never the same and you can’t just order plain scones and Strawberry green tea, but the tea set.

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How we roll on a lazy Sunday afternoon – Rokucyoume Cafe 六丁目cafe

 

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No.7 Alley 6 XinZhong Street  台北市松山區新中街6巷7號

02 2761 5510

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Took a stroll after church on a Sunday afternoon.  MinSheng District is always fun to hang out and explore, an area full of new and tiny cafes and stylish shops.  You gotta check it out every now and then,  to keep up the the vibe.  My friends were doing their street performance while we waited to be seated.

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postcards, stickers, collectables, scenery frames etc etc, they had fitted alot of things in this tiny cafe.  There must be something unique to this cafe in order for them to survive in the central cafe district (can’t believe how many cafes are there in this area).  They have special coffee arts and home style japanese curry, not to mention that rice comes in dolphin or rabbit shapes. Their cakes are pretty good too since it was the strawberry season, we ordered the strawberry cake.  The soft and fluffy sponge cake came with big n juicy strawberries, a good companion for your matcha latte.

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Be sure to try out their Chocolate banana tart, ($120) chocolate sauce dripping down from the banana tower.  It was soo guuuud, sad that my friends ain’t the banana type of person so we gave it a skip this time.

With plugs and free wifi you can surely spend your afternoon there.

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A filling dinner on a lazy Sunday – 庫卡咖啡 Kooka Coffee

庫卡咖啡 Kooka Coffee

庫卡咖啡 Kooka Coffee

 No. 5, Alley 57, DaZhi Street 中山區大直街57巷5號

02-85095859

Came to this cozy cafe on a lazy Sunday night for a long chat with my dear friend.

Kooka Coffee is named after Aussie’s native bird Kookaburra, this little chap was the mascot for the 2000 Summer Olympics.  He has a very unique chirp which to be found in a lot of sound tracks, you might not meet him before but I’m sure that you must have heard of his chirp.

This cafe was filled with wooden furnitures just as what you could find in a beachside Aussie cafe.  Post cards on the walls, magazines on the stand, free wifi and power outlets on the wall, you can easily spent your day here.

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They have a large selection of drinks, from the usual black coffee to Rum chocolate and prices are relatively cheap compare to the others in this area.

This was my first meal of the day so I went for the colorful cold noodles on the menu.  My friend was second guessing my choice “You sure you want the chinese cold noodle crossover with pesto sauce?” when the east meets the west, either a hit or a miss.  Only $140 (TWD) what do you expect, the homemade noodles wasn’t too bad and the sauce was a bit over with it’s garlic.  Other than this I would say I am satisfy with what I am paying.

My friend gave a thumb up for the Rum Chocolate$140 (TWD) she was having, sorry I would have to say no to my Grapefruit chocolate $130 (TWD). I was expecting fresh grapefruit with the chocolate, longing for the spark of citrus and chocolate, no-no they used the yujacha paste.  Double the sweetness and not my cup of chocolate, their chocolate drink was quite rich thinking of trying the dark chocolate next time.

good thing always come last, Kooka finished strongly with its Moochi waffle.  The waffle was really good even when it was cool the moochi was still soft and chewy.  loving it !!!

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Ladurée macarons in Taipei – laduree馬卡龍

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Ladurée

1/F main entrance Breeze Center 微風廣場1F

“Have you been to Ladurée yet?” “Did you see the lines at Breeze?”

The latest greeting lines in town!!!

I was surprise to see the dreamy green box at my door last week, this box reminded me of my best friend, she is my supplier of Ladurée I will get a big box of macarons for souvenir whenever she is in Paris.

With all the gossip I heard about Hk Ladurée, I was worried that the Taipei branch tastes as bad.  YAY they taste not exactly like the Paris ones but similar, good enough for the crave.

Not to exaggerate , but I had 7 boxes of it within one week!!! I get ’em for moon festival, thanks guys I do prefer it over mooncakes.

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The crazy line made me mad, the staff was saying that you need to wait at least one hour!!!

Macarons are TWD $98/piece and if you want the pretty box you needa pay extra.  The basic 6pcs box is TWD$780 and the round cylinder box that I had is $ 1080.  WOW $400 odd for a box…

8pcs box are $1060 – 1080

18 pcs $2050, 24pcs $2800

The round box with clear cover is cheaper

15pcs $1600 , 20pcs $2150 , 24pcs $2680

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They also have hampers as well, I reckon that will be a nice christmas pressie.

The Taiwan pop up store also sells accessories, candles, tea, chocolates, etc.

With Breeze’s usual practice it seems that Ladurée will be a permanent shop very soon.  I am so in love with Breeze now not only having my favorite macarons but also my favorite heels – the little red sole Christian Louboutin.

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All these colourful macarons how do you resist them.  Many claim that “Macarons are too sweet, I am not a big fan of it!!!”

You should try Ladurée with a cup of soothing tea, it might change your mind!

I love my rose petal and lemon macarons, just like my love for the rose petal jam.  The Raspberry one has a tint of sourness to it which is good for those who doesn’t like it too sweet.  I love the colour combinations for the pink pepper, grey and pink just my type of colour, and this flavor is a real surprise sweet macaron with a pepper aftertaste, like!

Salted caramel is not too sweet and they are such a happy couple, do give it a try if you have never tried this combination.  Lastly, pistachio is my first love I love its colour, its taste and most importantly it was my first ever macaron.

What makes Ladurée stand out from the others?

It comes in the right size not too big nor too small (that’s what I think of when I had a box of Just Sweet on the 8th day).

You can tell the flavor by taste, a lot of macarons you get nowadays you can only guess it’s flavor by the color.  I don’t know have it ever had a box of macrons and the only differences are the colours, you don’t even know what you are eating.

It is not overly sweet, not overdose on sugar which you can keep eating one after one.

Not to mention that it has the right texture for macrons, I had some crunchy macarons, sticky macarons, and soft macarons.

Make sure that you get your hands on one of the dreamy green box when the lines die off a bit 🙂 and hope it change your opinion on these little round dessert .

 

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Dazzling cafe VS. Perfume Dance 玳思琳蜜糖吐司專賣店 VS. 跳舞香水

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Dazzling Cafe 玳思琳蜜糖吐司專賣店

G/F, Breeze Center, 139 Sec.1 FuXing South Road 復興南路一段139 微風廣場 G/F

02-27317976

Perfume Dance 跳舞香水

Perfume Dance 跳舞香水

2/F, 104 Sec.4 ZhongXiao East Road 台北市忠孝東路四段104號2F-1

02-27521552

I have been planning on this post for so long.  As most of you know that Dazzling has always been my to go place for all my friends visiting me.  I love their toast, fries and fruit tea, one of my good good friend said that she is gonna prove me wrong and claimed that Perfume dance is way better.  That was why I had such a high expectation on it I woke up early for that day’s meet up and planned well ahead that I am gonna compare it with Dazzling on my blog.

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Perfume Dance has this mask area which allow all the their customer to put them on for photos, but the masks looked like they have been lying there for a long and weren’t taken good care of.

Both places have open bar areas, Dazzling was sparkling clean and everything lined up nicely.  Whereas, Perfume Dance it was a relative tiny space and they squashed the everything in there with several honey toast was being made at the time when I went pass.  It felt like a worker working on assembling a product in a factory.

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Let’s look at their drinks first.  I ordered fruit tea on both occasions, for the most fair and square comparison.  Uh-oh the Perfume Dance one wasn’t my cup of tea my friends said I looked like I was gonna puke, it had this super strong taste of preserved plum, which is not my type of food.  The tea had a tint of bitterness to it not as fruity as the others in town.  Both of the fruit teas had fresh fruit pieces in it, Perfume Dance was more generous on the fruit pieces which they had lime, oranges, strawberries, and passion fruits, Dazzling on the other hand only had grapes, apples and orange.

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none of us finished our drinks at Perfume dance, but for Dazzling I think my cousin finished hers in no time.

Here comes the best part, HONEY TOAST!!!! Let’s have a look at them

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Dazzling Cafe they think outside the box, they left the toast on the table for you to take pictures with it and you can wave down their waitress after you done with all fb pics, instagram pic, weibo pics and twitter pics.  Then, they would disassemble the whole thing and lined them up neatly on the plate. The toast you can choose soft or crunchy, but it wasn’t as dry as Perfume dance’s.  This one actually tasted better as it had ice cream, more fruit pieces, custard and honey to accompany the toast.  My cousin and I finished the whole thing including the hard crust walls.

Overall, for taste, environment and services I vote for Dazzling Cafe, Perfume Dance was just too disappointing.

On a side note, Dazzling does have different collaborations with different brands, while the Hello Kitty crossover is still happening, they have redecorated Dazzling Deluxe for the new Mercedes Benz x Dazzling theme.  Great thinking to attract customers !!!!

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Maru Cafe – a hidden gem in DaZhi

Maru Cafe

Maru Cafe

B1 Kireikan,  575 MingShui Road, ZhongShan Dist.

02 2533 0189

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Kireikan located on the intersection of the MingShui Road and LeQun 2nd Road, in there you can find Happy Hair salon, Wellcome supermarket, some restaurants and cafes as well as the famous bakery Le Goût.

As usual, I went to Happy Hair for my monthly hair spa early in the morning and I decided to have my lunch at Maru Cafe.  I walked pass this cafe all the time but had never give it a try.

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On a Saturday afternoon, it was so quiet in the tiny mall but yet it was busy at Maru Cafe, waffles, coffees, orders from the salon and massage place.

They have a large selection on coffee, no kidding … 2 pages of coffee.  My friend ordered her Vanilla Latte (TWD $160) while I am trying out the Melon Chocolate (TWD $160).

The Melon chocolate took me by surprise it had a very strong Melon flavor and which went harmonious with the chocolate, the wipe cream was smooth and milky.  My first sip of melon chocolate and I will never forget what it tastes like.

Maru Cafe Maru Cafe Maru Cafe Maru CafeWe ordered Tuna Salad Sandwich with Honey Mustard (TWD $180)  which came in a big big portion, I doubt that one can finish this whole thing.  It had lettuces loads of it, tomatoes,  and sprouts… the egg salad which came with it had a hint of mustard flavor.

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Our dessert of the day was the mango overload waffle (TWD $200). This scrumptious waffle had a big blob of ice cream and tones of mangoes .  The sweet sweet mango in Taiwan is definitely a highlight compare to those tasteless ones I used to have in New Zealand.  The mochi.  It was my first time trying out the mochi waffle and love it.  It remained soft and chewy even when it was cold.

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It was our lucky day, we went to the Neihu branch and only waited for about 15 mins.  I think that was my shortest wait.  I love this place just for its environment and it had some new dishes on their menu.

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we ordered the Second Floor House burger (NTD 280). The double deck burger was definitely worth the money we were paying, It had beef patty , john dory fillet, ham, lots of veggie and honey mustard sauce.  The french fries came in a cute container and it was way better than the fries we got from other places, on the side it had a tiny portion of coleslaw to ensure a balance diet.

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My friend ordered the Madrid Sausage Seafood Rice (NTD 330) and for $120 you can get bread for the day, salad and a drink.  She had the M&Ms milkshake and it looked very drooling.  The rice was curry flavored and with tones of parmesan cheese and surprise surprise that they went well together.  There were loads of seafood as well and my friend kept saying that for this price you wouldn’t be able to get this in Hong Kong.  That’s what I love about Taiwan, you can get decent food at a reasonable price.

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Shaffer’s kitchen – a 5 stars dinner

 

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Shaffer’s Kitchen 雪飛詩歐廚

No.5, Lane 42 YiXian Road XinYi Dist. 台北市信義區逸仙路42巷5號

02-87894088

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Need to say I am crazy about this restaurant, went there twice last week. If Dawan is the must have Japanese, Dazzling Cafe is the must have dessert cafe, Shaffer’s Kitchen is definitely the must have Western restaurant.

Howard and Jennifer Shaffer are the owner of the restaurant, Jennifer is the CEO in the kitchen while Howard is a good PR, the two of them make such a good team.

This hidden gem is located in a quiet alley way that’s around 7 mins away from MRT City hall Station, they put their actual address on their facebook No. 16 Lane 50 (haha don’t even try looking that up because the entrance is invisible).

At the entrance there are a herbal wall where Jennifer picks her herbs while she cooks.

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up on the shelves are all the dry fungi and the pickles that Jennifer makes.

we ordered dinner sets – ranged from 680 to 880 include main and three appetizers, you can add $100 to get a glass of house wine and dessert.

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First, we were wowed by the soft bread rolls as they were just freshly out of the oven and went completely harmonious with the balsamic vinegar paste that came with it. I was tempted to have more but there were more to come.

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Goose liver Pate on baguette I didn’t try this one but my friend said it tasted way better than what you can get from the supermarket and the truffle on top was given in a generous amount.

Napoleon of Tomato and Mozzarella BAM it was the best best best tomato mozzarella combination that I ever had. Tomato, basil, mozzarella, olive paste and honey basil dressing (<;<; not sure if i get the dressing right) I was like dancing in heaven.

Sweet Pea Bruschetta the green pea cream was surprising fresh and light, the baguette was slightly toasted.

Roast pepper soup with a rich creamy texture this was really filling and I was pretty full after this, with the exact texture and colour as the pumpkin soup my friend tried it and she went isn’t it just like pumpkin soup?? With someone who missed my mom’s homemade soup I fell in love with this straight away.

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The kind and generous chef – Jennifer offered us to try out her pink lemonade and gougeres. Needless to say the pink lemonade is a superb drink for the upcoming summer, looks like this the second item on my to-learn list (dying to learn how to cook the perfect risotto). That was actually my first time having gougeres and nasturtium, I don’t think I have ever tasted them back in New Zealand. I think it was filled with goat cheese and the nasturtium did the kick, the whole thing was just scrumptious nom nom nom x10000000000.

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Pan seared duck a must try main for everyone the duck was cooked just right and the special cranberry sauce did the magic and brought the whole thing to the yummylicous.

The cream corn was well made and brought out the sweetness of the corn, I am drooling over this now……and and and the sundried tomato tasted so different to the ones that you get from the supermarket. I wished I can spread them on a pizza base and made it into my favorite sundried tomato pizza.

The traditional chicken cordon bleu, it was baked instead of fried haha I guess it was less fattening but still managed to get a crispy skin. the chicken was juicy but couldn’t really taste the pama ham and once again the white wine cream sauce was the king of the champion.

Sirloin steak with the special green sauce was a little bit disappointing as the steak was overcooked it wasn’t as juicy as we expected, may be next time when we order we need to mention that we want it to be medium. The green sauce was very special and went well with the steak.

procini pot roast comparing the two steaks this was actually better. They offered a very special side dish on this plate – arrow root I had never seen one before that day. It has this crunchiness to it but it had a hint of bitterness to it. At first we thought it was a specially made potato.

 

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Shaffer's Kitchen 雪飛詩歐廚

we concluded our meal with the chocolate coated orange zest, the orange zest was candied before it coated with dark chocolate.

I have a lot of to -eat items on my list: mushroom risotto, seared scallops with angel hair are the two that I have to try .

I need to hit the gym and go on a diet before I  visit Shaffer’s Kitchen again.