23-7, DaYe Rd
This unassuming little eatery is the creation of American Chris Ecker, who has lived in Taiwan now for about seven years. He says his goal in opening a deli-style sandwich shop is to target Taiwanese customers who may be intimidated by other foreigner-heavy establishments. Currently focused on lunches and weekends, Chris has a very simple menu of sandwiches which, he says, are influenced by different countries. In addition to the Vietnamese creation noted below, there is a Sicilian Prawn Baguette (NT$85/half, NT$160/whole) and Basic Grilled Cheese Sandwich (NT$70), made with Havarti cheese, whole wheat bread and optional tomato and/or marinara sauce. There's also a Greek Feta Cheese Salad, soon to be joined by other options like a soup of the day. To make his food as healthy as possible, he has consulted with nutritionist friends about balanced ingredients, washes everything with purified water, and hopes to use as many organic items as possible. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Naomi Lai
A. The Vietnamese Ham Baguette (Banh Mi Thit) sandwich (NT$70/half, NT$130/whole) is a refreshing, healthy combination of lettuce, Vietnamese ham, homemade sweet chili sauce, cucumbers,sprouts and cilantro served between two crispy pieces of french bread. The light, slightly sweet-and-sour flavors and fresh veggies make it a perfect lunch for warm summer days. A perfect complement is the Vietnamese Iced Coffee (NT$60), one of the other soft drinks (NT$30-50) or bottled beers (NT$100-150).
B. Soho No. 7's umbrella-shaded tables offer a relaxing retreat from the noise, traffic and crowds during lunchtime, when the pedestrian-only Soho Street (located off DaYe Road between JingCheng and DongXing roads) is usually completely quiet. There is also bar-style seating on the first floor and a very pleasant, cozy second floor area.
C. Chris and his friend Eve Chen can be usually found working behind the counter. Eve is also in the process of opening a center for regular, English-learning cultural workshops on the third floor of the same building.