食記：台北誠品行旅 The Chapter Cafe/ Eslite Hotel Taipei (Review: The Chapter Cafe/Restaurant: Eslite Hotel Taipei)
我的任務是探索台北與全球有趣的餐廳/咖啡廳/旅館，台北誠品行旅的The Chapter Cafe 是三者的結合。看似普通的大門通向寬敞的書店。我走過一旁美麗的藝術品、進入The Chapter Cafe餐廳。我們點了$1400（+10%）的雙人套餐，因為這價格感覺如不點會對不起自己。
I’m on a mission to explore all interesting restaurants/cafes/hotels in Taipei and around the world. The Chapter Cafe Restaurant in Eslite Hotel Taipei is the combination of all three. The ordinary entrance opens into a spacious bookstore. I walk past the beautiful artworks alongside and enter The Chapter Cafe. $1400nt for a set menu for two is a bargain, so that’s what we order.
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Caesar salad is topped with prosciutto and shaved Parmesan cheese. Seared salmon fillet is complemented with vegetable and tomato salsa, I order it for the sake of my brain injury- the DHA. However, the ribeye steak on rice does beat the fish. Unlike your usually overcooked- medium- rare steak, the ribeye is as medium-rare as the yolk-dripping egg covered on top of the rice. Nom-nom! Assorted nuts are much more snack-friendly when they’re lightly salted. We finish two bowls before main course. But that doesn’t not take up any space in our dessert stomach. As artsy as Eslite Hotel/bookstore is itself, desserts are named after literature, and each is a piece of artwork. Qing Gung Yu Du is a piece of miso Shochu mousse on a crispy base topped with a delicate piece of Asian pigeonwings jelly. Blueberry cheesecake is, well, blueberry cheesecake. Just because they are both so good, we ask for whatever dessert is left that we haven’t ordered yet. Qing Mei Zhu Ma means childhood sweetheart. Like the proverb, the dessert gives you a sweet and sour taste that lingers in your mouth. We leave feeling classy and intelligent after indulging all the arts and literature. Most importantly, satisfied.