It had been a while since we last visited 九份 Jiufen, and our main objective today was to laze our afternoon away drinking tea (just like what we did 9 years ago) 🙂
We took the train to 瑞芳火車站 Ruifang Train Station, and as it was close to noon, we figured we should grab a bite first at the 瑞芳美食街 (Ruifang Food Street) just opposite the train station.
Once again, we got ourselves a 龍鳳腿 Dragon Phoenix Leg (NT10), which was made of minced chicken and cabbage wrapped by 豬网油 (layer of pork lard which looked like spider web) and then deep fried. This was still as good as ever! We also had 貢丸湯 Meat Ball Soup (NT30) and 豬血湯 Pig’s Blood Soup (NT30) because the vampire wife needed her dosage to satisfy her bloodthirsty cravings 😛
We were checking out our Instagram feed when something caught our eye, and we found that it was near where we were! Without further ado, we went to check it out!
LoYe Dim Sum is a modern fusion restaurant that gives a twist to old-school dim sum delights to transform them into Chinese fusion delicacies!
We were initially seated at a smaller table for 2, but once a bigger table was available, we were given the option to shift 🙂
We decided to go with a few interesting dim sum items, since we were still rather full from the entire day of eating…
After a relatively disappointing breakfast, we decided to go for coffee to soothe our souls.
米朗琪咖啡館 Melange Cafe was one of the cafes that we did not manage to check out during our previous trip, and it appeared that they actually have 2 cafes in the same lane. We went to the main outlet, but were led to the second one instead, as the main outlet was full.
We were led to the basement, where we were the only customers at this early hour.
- Black Coffee (NT$130): Normal coffee according to hubby.
- 馬可波羅 Marco Polo-Boite (NT$170+): I almost choked at the price, but I guess Mariage Frères must be a very famous premium brand of tea to cost so much. This was a black flavoured tea that had a very lovely fragrance.
- 馬丘比丘 Machu Picchu (NT$110): A lemon-ey cake, we liked the refreshing citrus flavour
Note: There is an additional 10% service charge for dine-in.
- Location: 台北市中山區中山北路二段16巷23號, No. 23, Lane 16, Section 2, Zhongshan North Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MRT: Zhongshan Station 捷運中山站 (Exit 4)
- Website: www.facebook.com/MelangeCafe
- Hrs: 7:30am – 10pm (Mon-Thu), 9:30am – 11pm (Fri-Sun)
We were in town today and after checking out the whole of Plaza Singapore, the comfortable plush seats here at Arteastiq called out to us!
We decided to try out the weekday set lunches here (available from 11am to 1.30pm) which consists of a main and a specialty tea (or coffee) from $16++ onwards.
We got ourselves The Prince of Monte Carlo ($25++) and Golden Sands Big Breakfast ($24++). For drinks, it was Honey Lavender Tea and Latte.
So what exactly was Prince of Monte Carlo?
Since we had only shared a bowl of tendon earlier, we figured we could check out redpan on the same day too, since it was a fairly short walk from Suntec City to Marina Square.
A brainchild of DP Architects x GRUB, redpan serves interesting dishes paired with local flavours, and we had a hard time deciding which ones to try. We ended up with:
- Grilled Kingfish Collar ($19++): We usually eat our stingray with chinchalok chilli, and were pleased that this chilli went well with the Kingfish Collar that was grilled to perfection. With crisp skin and tender flesh, this was super addictive!
- Beef Short Rib ‘Satay’ ($32++): The beef short rib came with satay sauce, pickled cucumber & onions, and it was oh-so-tender!
- Lychee Earl Grey Iced Tea ($5++): We could definitely taste the lychee, but less so of the earl grey flavour. Still a refreshing drink though!
We were served by a lovely staff today, and service was excellent! It was a great dinner to end our evening 🙂
We were looking for coffee after dinner, and had read about this place, but unfortunately the coffee machine was already shut down by the time we reached, around 20 minutes before closing. Hubby had to settle for tea, which turned out to be a rather excellent choice 🙂
- Classico ($7.20 nett): The classic tiramisu was a very well-balanced light treat, with non of the flavours being overpowering. It was so good, we devoured it within minutes!
- Cranberry Sunrise ($5): Surprisingly, this was not as sour as we expected; in fact, it was very refreshing and we loved it!
- Matcha Latte ($5.50): The latte art was so pretty! The drink itself was abit off though; somehow the water and matcha flavour were kinda distinct…
- Location: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Clarke Quay Central #B1-09 S(059817)
- Website: latelier-tiramisu.com
- Hrs: 12pm – 9pm (Mon-Thu), 12pm – 10pm (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 7pm (Sun)
We decided to go along the Hong Kong theme today (since we just went Mak’s Noodle and Honolulu Cafe), and landed at The Coffee Academïcs.
Launched in 2012, TCA has 5 outlets in HK and this new huge space in Singapore was only launched this year. They are very serious about coffee and the Singapore flagship store has been designed with various coffee preparation stations like a Roasting Bar, a Brew Bar and a Cupping Bar and they organizes coffee classes too.
- Citrus Espressoda ($8++): This is a time-limited concoction of double shot of TCA House Blend espresso bolstered with fresh orange slices and fizzy tonic water. A very refreshing drink!
- Ginger Peach Green Tea ($10++ per pot): Pretty cup, fragrant smell, lovely smooth taste. What else can you ask for in a cup of tea? A truly awesome sensory experience 🙂
We would love to come back and try the other stuff on the menu!
We popped over next door to Gemmills for some drinks after our delicious burger at Burger Joint.
Well, we had initially wanted to have drinks only, but plans are always subject to changes 🙂
- The Duck Rillette ($10 nett) was like a paté, which reminded us a little of tuna mayo, but with a much more intense flavour. It went very well with the bread, and the crunchy pickles was refreshingly sour.
- The Quiche ($8) was pretty standard in our opinion, quite nice but without the wow factor.
- Hubby enjoyed his Flat White ($4), which was strong and acidic.
- Unfortunately, I felt that the Aurora’s Lemon & Ginger Tea ($4) was a bit weak, and I could barely taste any hint of lemon.
Iced water is available for free, and the service was friendly and pleasant. There was no free WiFi though.
We did enjoy just lounging around, enjoying the music and food. What a lovely way to end our mid-week!
A cafe spanning 4 floors, this was a generous place in terms of space and free wifi and charging points. The minimum spending is 1 drink, and some tables have minimum pax rules. You can spend the entire day here, as evidenced by plenty of people studying, working, or in discussion with their laptops.
The 拿鐵 Latte (NT80) here was not bad, and I found the hot 南法莊園 Lavender and Grape Tea (NT70) quite nice, though I thought that some syrup might have been used. The sweetness of grapes was very distinct and not too artificially sweet, and as one sips the tea, the lavender fragrance fills up the entire mouth, very nice!
Despite the crowd, it was not a noisy cafe, and it was lovely to just laze around. When we were done, we only had to leave our cups at the collection point, leaving the space free for others to use.
- Location: 台北市中正區信陽街6號, No. 6, Xinyang St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10047
- Nearest MRT: Taipei Station 捷運台北站 (Exit 8)
- Website: www.facebook.com/NOTCHfrontstation
- Hrs: 7:30am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 8am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
We were back in Taiwan again!!
This trip was planned, or rather the air tickets were bought, as part of our crazy planning when budget airlines were having sale. Haha… But Jetstar had to change their flight details and we ended up landing in Taipei only in the afternoon. So we took our time (and rest) and only wandered out in the evening to a local night market 南機場夜市 Nanjichang Night Market. En route to the night market, we chanced upon this very interesting coffee and roaster cafe just along the road. The cafe front was nondescript, the kind that you would missed and just walked past it without even realizing. But it so happened that someone just walked out with a paper cup in hand and I turned my head, and the signboard attracted me – 無名 Nameless. It’s like a certain No Signboard seafood in Singapore! Haha…