Friday, May 29, 2009

Hestia Tapas Bar

Maybe this is the Spanish-style restaurant's special, on the web I  have done some network search and found that the Spanish bistro-Hestia seemed acclaimed seafood rice, focus on the price is still reasonable. The restaurant interior with the lighting is really also a small tavern full of feeling comfortable chairs.The truffle rice and paella seafood is undone, the results is not an ordinary hard, hard to mind was almost raw.
We had a few appetizers: slightly acidic tomatoes and a mild taste of the sausage, this dish a special  refreshing appetizer.
Seafood salad which were absolutely divine and the salad dressing which were also beautiful.
Spanish-style baked eggs  and serve in deep thick egg mixture, mushroom, and spinach it was lovely! but  I prefer the original taste of  tortilla de Espanola is made of egg, onions and potatoes.
Seafood paella
Truffle risotto
Seafood soup a bit special
Vanilla almond ice cream
Cream caramel or leche flan is a traditional sweet package far away from home actually the caramel flavor is not quite enough, but very appetizing, tapas was great! the sangria was fantastic, my husband who is not a wine drinker managed to share with me my glass of sangria. The atmosphere is great, the price may be less than value, but certainly be called reasonable. Because of uncooked rice maybe we will think twice to dine again here.
 Hestia Tapas Bar
No.3, Alley 18, Lane 130, MingSheng E Rd, Sec 3, Taipei City
Tel no: 02-27153707

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Le Bistro de L'Olivier

Le Bistro L'Olivier looks like a classic French bistro, the environment is surprisingly cozy and comfy. A dining lunch experienced, we did try some of their best on ala carte style. The homemade foie gras was lovely, I love the salad. Desserts are excellent too! Especially creme brulee, souffle and warm chocolate cake, the mixed mushrooms with truffles soup it was tasty.  but when it comes to the main course not so excellent, the Beef fillet and red wine cream sauce is horrible! the violet color of the sauce it didn't match on the appearance and elegance presentation of the steak. The Normandy style baked duck breast with porto sauce a little bit sweet. And King prawns with saffron creamy sauce served with couscous it was great. Maggie offer only 2 kinds of meal in the set menu on that day. So weren't aware about the price, the 20 kinds of dishes including the 2 coffee and my kids drinks. And the overall cost of the meal is more than NT$10,300 included the service charge after signed on my credit card a little bit expensive, specially for those poor people like us. So if you are on budget do not eat here! And try the "Flavors"Swedish Restaurant, specially their main entree is very delicious and appetizing. And not so expensive if we compare to Maggie, Le Bistro L'Olivier french cuisine.
*Soup and Bread*
Bouillabaisse (Seafood soup, serve with rouille, garlic, croutons and parmesan)
French style fish soup with shrimps
We had 2 order of this "Fricassee of mixed mushrooms with truffles" for my 2 kids and it was lovely.
French bread baguette with olive paste
Pure made terrine of goose foie gras serve with thinly toast bread.
Foie gras brulée salad
Baked escargots with garlic & herbs butter
*Main Course*
King prawns with saffron creamy sauce served with couscous
Normandy style baked duck breast with porto sauce
Roasted rack of lamb with rosemary creamy sauce
Beef fillet and red wine cream sauce.
Grand-marnier soufflé
Grand-marnier soufflé
Warm melted chocolate cake
Fruit  and champagne sherbet
French coffee
Cafe au lait
Le Bistro de L'Olivier French Cuisine
No.122, Sec. 2, An-He Road., Da-an Dist., Taipei City
Tel no: (02) 8732-3726