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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 www.acruisingcouple.com 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?

Sweet Snack: Red Bean Cake (紅豆餅)

6 Aug



Take exit 2 towards the Gongguan commercial district and you’ll find this snack chain together with many other kinds of delicious street food.

Information: This lovely dessert  is originally from Japan (they call it Imagawayaki). It’s extremely popular in Taiwan, and you can always find them anywhere on night markets or among street food vendors. In Taiwan they call it Red Bean Cake. The outside is made of a certain cake batter put in a muffin-shaped griddle. Red bean paste (made from Japanese Azuki beans) is then put inside and it’s topped off with another thick pancake-like bottom (often containing black sesame seeds). There are plenty of different fillings besides red beans, such as milk flavor, green beans or savory fillings. If you find a good version of this cake, the cake/filling ratio should be something like 40/60. The outside of the cake is not as soft as you would expect (bummer) but as soon as you get to the sweet and moist red bean filling, the outside will soften up and start melting. I found out after I stumbled upon this place that it was highly recommended in a book I bought about Taiwanese snacks; so be sure try this one out. Just look for the logo with the cute obsessed munching thing.


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