Tonton Philou Paris Taichung
459-3, DongShan Rd, Sec 1, Beitun District
Hours: 10 am-8 pm
No service charge.
Credit cards not accepted.
Tonton ("Uncle") Philou is named after French chef Philippe Rouchet, a six-year resident of Taichung with extensive kitchen experience at various local French establishments and, even further back, at the French Ministry of Defence. Philippe recently joined with Kelly Hung, Jeff Wu and another partner to open this cozy cafe restaurant, brightly decorated in the hues of the French Tricolor and located along a busy stretch of Dongshan Road near the Dakeng Scenic Area and about 500 meters above the Songzhu Road intersection. Besides a full range of coffees, teas and other drinks, customers can enjoy a variety of pastas and risottos (NT$200-220 with soup and drink), sandwiches, salads (NT$120), quiche, and desserts like Creme Brulee and Tiramisu (NT$60). While dining in the restaurant's cushy seats is pleasant, the cafe will also deliver food orders of at least NT$600 within one to two kilometers, and those of NT$1,500-2,000 to places further away. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Naomi Lai
A. One of Tonton Philou's most popular specialties is its tasty Quiche (NT$50), which resembles an egg tart and, Philippe says, is rapidly becoming popular with Taiwanese diners.
B. Currently, there are two daily specials offered from nine main-course entrees available. These include the pictured Sea Bream of Provence (NT$420), as well as Lamb Rack with Herbs Crust; Sauteed Frogs Legs and Mashed Potatoes with Garlic; and Fillet of Beef with Mushroom Sauce. These come with soup, salad, desert and drink.
C. Philippe and his partners hope to soon open Tonton Philou franchise outlets in other Taiwan cities. The Frenchman also teaches regular cooking classes--see his website for more details.