48, WuQuan 3rd St
Hours: 10 am-9 pm
10 pm Sat/Sun & holidays)
No service charge. English menu.
Credit cards not accepted.
This snack bar pays homage to American pop culture, with a focus on collectible toys and cars. Located on the corner of WuQuan 3rd and WuQuan West 1st streets, a block east of the Art Museum Parkway, Wonderland features an eye-catching red-and-white color scheme, American diner-style ambiance and dozens of displayed collectibles, from comic-book figurines and high-end model cars to real VW classic autos. Outside, a wrap-around balcony also provides a pleasant seating area and the restaurant regularly hosts events for vintage car clubs and similar groups. The menu is straightforward, tasty and reasonably-priced: Diners select one of seven basic fillings--such as beef, chicken, veggie and fruit, and seafood--and chooses either a burger (with five-grain bun), focaccia bread, submarine, bagel or whole-wheat toast sandwich. There are also salads with homemade dressings and various snacks, from fried potato wedges to waffles, plus coffees, teas and other drinks. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Naomi Lai
A. Life-sized figurines of The Simpsons, sitting in one corner of Wonderland, were imported from the U.S. at great cost and trouble (given their size) and are just part of the large, valuable collection of limited-edition collectible toys, mostly bought in America. These include Batman, Superman, Ironman, Hellboy, Robocop, Spiderman and a rather freaky-looking life-size statue of Chucky, the killer doll of Hollywood fame.
B. The enormous double-patty Beef Burger (pictured, right) is a NT$30 upgrade on the usual, already-large burger (NT$105, NT$195 with fries and drink) that uses fresh, handmade patties. However, some customers go even larger with a triple-patty version. The Focaccia version of this burger (pictured, left) is equally good and a unique, popular specialty at Wonderland.
C. Matching the sizable sandwiches in size are four different Frappeccino varieties, in flavors like Peach Yogurt (pictured) and only NT$100 despite the towering glasses. Also pictured is the NT$80 Iced Caramel Macchiato.