Le Bistro de L'olivier

145, AnHe Rd. (corner of LeLi Rd.)
(02) 8732-3726
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm, 5:30 pm-12 am
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
Chinese, English, French menu available.
Parking available.

--By Josie Wu Translated by Sho Huang

Like many small bars, Le Bistro de L'olivier offers relaxing and
laid-back atmosphere.
<<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 food.

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.