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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, September, 2005.


(02) 2781-7063
172, ZhongXiao East Rd, sec. 4, 1F
Hours: Breakfast 6:30-9:30 am,
lunch 11:30 am-2 pm, teatime 2:30-5 pm,
dinner 6-9:30 pm
Credit cards accepted, add 10% service charge.


--By Shanzi Chen, translated by Cara Steenstra

Papillon is situated at the back of San Want Hotel's lobby. The main area is divided into two sections with completely different looks. One side is a high-class European and French cuisine dining area which provides a quiet, private space for diners. The other side is an open-style area, with a salad bar and other dishes. The restaurant was designed by famous designer Miura, using unique, clean lines and a play of light to create a modern space that feels young and vibrant. Papillon mainly offers French cuisine, combined with various European dishes. The chefs here like to be creative and welcome any spontaneous orders from customers. Chef Jian Chen-Jun, who has traveled and studied in both France and Japan, is often praised by customers for his skills. The Alaskan Crab with Tomatoes and Avocado Pear Salad (NT$520) has a base of pureed tomatoes, with avocado and crab meat salad, which is covered with more crab meat. Set menus are priced at NT$1,380, NT$1,980 and NT$3,000, according to ingredients. The salad bar is rich with choices and is available at lunch for NT$520, dinner for NT$680 and afternoon tea for NT$480. The VIP rooms are furnished with 18th-century European Baroque-style antique furniture and well worth experiencing.