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(The Horror Of) Themed Restaurants – Barbie Café

29 Jan

barbielocationdesNearest MRT Station: Zhongxiao Dunhua (map)

Information: As Taiwanese culture is deeply influenced by Japanese, you just cannot help but notice the huge amount of themed restaurants in Taipei City. Though I should probably warn you; if you’re a foodie like myself, then the culinary brilliance of these places is a little hard to find. If it wasn’t for friends, I probably would’ve never visited any of them. But, I have already had a chance to explore the cuteness of the Hello Kitty Restaurant and this year: Barbie Café. If you think decoration is key to a good restaurant, look no further. The entire restaurant is in pink, staff wears pink, the wall is covered in Barbie paintings and you’re surrounded by pretty (in pink) barbie dolls (sounds a little creepy if you ask me). From the menu you can choose from a number of semi-western dishes and you can choose between either a set menu or single dishes. However, you need to spend a minimum amount, so you either end up with a lot of desserts or a set menu. I chose a risotto as my main dish. Starters included a small salad, some seafood and a piece of bread. All of the flavors and textures and creativity were just so-so, nothing special and definitely not worth paying a lot of money for. That’s when I realized the main reason people go here is merely for decoration. I was a little disappointed honestly =(. They put a lot of effort (like the hello kitty restaurant) in their desserts though. Most of these were handmade, either in barbie shape or covered in pink/glittery sparkly things and pretty tasty. Downside: rather expensive. A real downside for me was that you couldn’t just go here for a drink, a slice of cake and enjoy the pinkness. So would I go here again? Definitely not. Would I recommend it to anyone? Probably not. But; I do believe this place is great for children, birthday parties and all of those obsessed with barbie and pink 😉 So don’t judge the restaurant based on my opinion, go check it out for yourself 🙂 barbi32 barbie4 barbie5

Note: If you’re interested in themed restaurants (as I probably won’t be reviewing a lot), Taipei has a toilet-themed restaurant, a Ninja Restaurant a Hello Kitty Restaurant and an Airplane -themed restaurant (and probably more) The people at did a pretty good job at reviewing a lot of them, I suggest you go check them out 🙂

Rating: You need to spend a minimum of 300, but if you actually want to eat anything, you’ll end up spending at least 500NTD or more. Quality of the food is not that great, decoration and desserts : 10/10. It really depends on what you’re looking for 🙂  A great girls night out maybe?

A Taipei Style Breakfast/Brunch

23 Aug

A Taipei Style Breakfast



Name: Morning熊Brunch (really cute place with teddybears, worked for me)

Nearest MRT stop: Qizhang Station, then take bus 1 to 8 towards the NCCU University; just forget about the location though, it’s a little troublesome to go to unless you live closeby; any breakfast/brunch shop in Taipei will have this!

Information: One thing I’ve noticed about the kind of breakfast people eat in Taipei (Taiwan), is that there actually is no such thing as a typical breakfast. People eat everything; rice, noodles, soup, dumplings, cake, hamburgers; anything can be breakfast. However, Taipei is a big city, people often want to have a quick bite before going to school or work and often don’t find the time to have a big breakfast. In such cases, Asian-Western-Fusion breakfast places are convenient and very popular. These places serve hamburgers, sandwiches, omelettes, dumplings, quick noodle dishes, small snacks and coffee, tea or soy milk. They usually open up around 5:00 in the morning and close around lunchtime. I finally managed to wake up early enough (it’s the holidays, what can I say) to go there and we ordered a chicken omelette, radish cake (also very typical breakfast food ) and some pan-fried dumplings. Even though the English translation is omelette, it’s actually a very thin rice-pancake with a thin omelette on top (with or without toppings), the savory radish cake is made by combining shredded Chinese radish and rice flour. Sometimes they add meat or vegetables. The dumplings were different in that some herbs were added; so I’m guessing that makes them breakfast-style dumplings. I personally would not recommend the sandwiches, as a lot of sugar is added to Taiwanese bread, but I’m just not used to sweet bread, so it’s a matter of taste.  A typical busy street in Taipei may have 10 or more breakfast/brunch (take-out) restaurants.


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