& WINE EAST STREET
178, SanJia East Street, Beitun district (corner of
JunGong Rd. &
JunFu 11th St.)
Hours: 1-10 pm;weekends 10 am-10 pm
No service charge. Credit cards not accepted.
Convenient parking. Wireless Internet.
The setting at this establishment is
totally peaceful and relaxing. After you walk through
maple leaf-shaded front entrance, a wooden door welcomes
you inside, where the warm, simple ambiance of an traditional
English village awaits. The three like-minded owners
established this coffee shop of their dreams and offer
a variety of coffees, wines, music and books. The aesthetically-pleasing
atmosphere has a classic, European appeal that makes
it perfect for lingering. The organic handmade siphon
Maragogype coffee (NT$180) here has a distinctive flavor
and unique aroma. Red wines range from NT$1,100 to NT$1,600.
This includes a 2004 Vita (NT$1,300) which has a limpid
quality and suggests the slight scent of nuts and vanilla,
and brings a refreshing, sweet & sour taste to your
mouth. Light snacks and cheese platters as well as caviar
biscuits (NT$120) are all exquisite refreshments not
to be missed. Enjoy the delicious French-style Gratin
Seafood Pasta or Vegetable Lasagne (NT$180) for a blissful,
home-style dining experience. Afternoon tea time specials--order
any drink with a slice of handmade cake for NT$129--are
available, too. Take-out lattes and cappuccinos are
only NT$50. One more reason to linger here: unlimited
Internet access. For more information, log onto Yahoo
blog and search for "SanJia East Street".
--By Niang Chen, translated by Ann Lee