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French cuisine at VVG Bistro
By Ken Lin Translated by Cheryl
20, Alley 40, Lane 180,
ZhongXiao (ChungHsiao) East Rd. (near Civic Boulevard)
Tel: (02) 8773-3533 (reservations recommended)
Hours: 12 noon-11 pm Mon-Sat; 12-8 pm Sun
Happy Hour 5-8 pm
Weekend Brunch: 12 noon-4 pm Sat-Sun
VVG Bistro was created
by a group of designers and advertising professionals
and it shows. The eclectic style is intentional, with
the interior including an open kitchen, to give diners
the chance to watch their dishes being prepared.
The mismatched furniture gives
the restaurant a playful feel and the frequently-changing
artwork hanging on the walls was produced by an artist friend
of the owners'. There is a small outdoor garden, filled with
flowers, that provides a retreat from the concrete surroundings
of the city.
The name VVG comes from the
words "very, very good". Although it is a French
restaurant, traditional French dishes have been modified by
the innovative chef so that they themselves are works of art.
The menu changes according
to season. On the current menu, the most popular dish is the
roast chicken thigh with stuffed mushrooms (NT$360), served
with French Dijon mustard. One dish synonymous with French
cuisine is pan-fried duck confit with mashed pumpkin and ratatouille
(NT$340). The duck meat is fried over a low flame so that
it is tender and moist inside and crispy outside. The mashed
pumpkin brings out the sweetness of the duck meat. Another
unique selection is the rack of lamb with pistachio &
parmesan crust (NT$490).
VVG Bistro also serves great
desserts but, if you get here too late, you might find that
everything is sold out. The most popular dessert is the canalle,
made with a crispy crust outside and soft filling inside.
Even those who don't have much of a sweet tooth will find
it hard to resist this treat. Brunch is served on Saturdays
and Sundays and includes choices of two set meals called "dolce-vita"
(NT$320) and "vivi felice" (NT$220).
I really like the comfortable
atmosphere at VVG Bistro. It is perfect for enjoying a meal,
or an afternoon cup of coffee (NT$130 to NT$160), flower tea
(NT$130 to NT$160) or Belgian beer (NT$150 to NT$180).
If you are looking for ways to boost your quality of life
in Taipei, be sure to include frequent visits to VVG Bistro.