145, AnHe Rd. (corner of LeLi
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm, 5:30 pm-12 am
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
Chinese, English, French menu available.
--By Josie Wu Translated
by Sho Huang
Like many small bars, Le Bistro
de L'olivier offers relaxing and
<<Landaise Salad (NT$480) is made of goose
liver sauce, duck gizzard, and walnuts along with
some herbs to create a thick yet fresh taste.
<<Warm melted chocolate cake (NT$340) takes
20 minutes to prepare.
This restaurant may not be physically
large, but its owner, Maggie, is quite famous
on the Taipei dining circuit. This resourceful
woman is not only the chef and owner of Le Bistro
de L'olivier, but has written a number of cookbooks
and been invited to demonstrate French cooking
skills on various TV programs. Her new book, "My
Beautiful Light Diet", listing 60 simple-but-healthy
exotic recipes, was just released in July. In
addition, Maggie welcomes everybody to share in
her delicious recipes, which she posts on the
web (see address below) from time to time. Thus,
visiting the restaurant with one of her books
in hand might not be a bad idea, as it can lead
to interesting conversations with Maggie about
When you do go, a few dishes on
the menu deserve special attention. Bouillabaisse
Croutons (NT$580), is a southern French dish with
a 2,500-year-old history. It's served with a thick
soup of seafood and tomatoes, garlic bread with
rouile, and Parmesan cheese. Another interesting
dish is Homemade Terrine of Goose Foie Gras (NT$800),
which weighs 50 grams and is made of 100-percent
top-grade imported fat goose liver. Another traditional
French dish that is time-consuming to prepare
is the Homemade Roasted Duck Leg Confit (NT$680).
Maggie and her staff are always
on hand to help you find what you're craving at
Le Bistro de L'olivier. Another must-try is their
most popular desert, Meringue with Custard Cream
and Almonds (NT$240), which is only served on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Grand Marnier Souffle
(NT$340), another delight, takes 25 minutes to
prepare and is well worth it.