3, Lane 13, WuQuan W 4th St, West District
Hours: 12-3 pm, 5-9 pm
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.
This Vietnamese restaurant, located in a remodeled old house with yard on a lane near National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, is run by chef/owner Ms. Zhang, who left a financial industry job to open it. Beforehand, she studied cooking in Vietnam to ensure authentic flavors, and only offers dishes that she personally loves. The tasty Shredded Shrimp and Chicken Spring Rolls (NT$100/ 3 rolls) each contain fresh shrimp, shredded chicken, lettuce, Chinese basil, fish sauce and peanut powder. Fried Spring Rolls with Taro (NT$80/ 4 rolls) have a fluffy filling of top-quality pork, taro and spices, wrapped in a soft wrapper. This NT$260 set meal includes rice, or Vietnamese-style French bread and drink. Petit Ete also has Vietnamese Ice Coffee (NT$70), flavored with sweet, creamy condensed milk, and a strongly-fragrant Atiso Tea (NT$70). The Big Pudding (NT$60) has a caramel flavor and is a perfect chilly summer treat. --By Wang Xiao-ling, translated by Angel Pu
A. The rich, tasty broth for the Vietnamese Pho (beef or shredded chicken flavors) is cooked with a beef soup-bone for eight hours with various Chinese spices and onions, and goes well with the chewy noodles. A set (NT$220) includes a spring roll, drink, beef tendons and fresh beef slices, and is best enjoyed with fresh Chinese basil and lemon-flavored pickles.
B. The ice coffee is full of hazelnut aromas.
C. The taste of Shredded Shrimp and Chicken Spring Rolls is refreshing and slightly sour.