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COMPASS MAGAZINE > December 2011

When Art Meets Dining in Taichung--Hestia Arts and Dining, Deli771, Ino cafe, Allo Design Studio

By Niang Chen, Amlex Hsu, Ann Li
Translated by Angel Pu

Hestia Arts and Dining



Hestia Arts and Dining

8, NingXia W 4th St, Xitun District
(04) 2316-6520
Hours: 11 am-10 pm
No service charge.
Credit cards not accepted.
Children's painting contests and exhibits held occasionally.

Named after the Greek goddess of the hearth, this restaurant has many Greek-inspired decorations like its mural and white stone wall. Hestia provides space for local communities to organize children's painting competitions and, in the future, will also cooperate with different colleges' art departments to hold student artwork exhibitions. On the dining side, Hestia serves various steak sets, pasta and gratin dishes, and hot pots (NT$200-290 per person).

A: The basic color theme in the dining area here is blue and white, reminding visitors of Greece.

B: Pesto Pasta with Pine Nuts and Seafood (NT$230) contains pesto, ground dried fish and assorted seafood like clams, cuttlefish, squid, shrimp and mussels. The pine seeds help make this dish's flavor even more refreshing.

C: Italian Style Cheese Risotto with Seafood Set (NT$220) includes soup, bread, a handmade cream pudding and a drink. The risotto is tender and creamy and contains colorful red and yellow sweet peppers.

Hestia Arts and Dining Hestia Arts and Dining




16, Lane 771, MeiCun Rd, Sec 1, West District; (04) 2372-1208
Hours: weekdays 11 am-9 pm, weekend 9:30 am-9 pm
(closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.
Chinese/ English menu.
This cafe holds design and photography exhibitions.

When asked why they wanted to open this cafe, the two former interior designer owners answer that they believe people should accomplish their dreams before turning 30 because after that they begin to lose motivation. Deli771 offers a free exhibition space and the owners hope that design students will opt to hold their graduation exhibitions here in the future.

A: Every detail in this cafe, from the painting to decorations, is so stylish, being personally done by the owners who wanted to offer diners an exceptional atmosphere. They even do the cooking themselves.

B: Banana and Chocolate Panini (NT$85) consists of whole-wheat thick toast and fresh bananas, covered with chocolate sauce and Valrhona cocoa powder.

C: The Deli771 Carnival (NT$188) contains rich cheese, pork tenderloin and black olives.

Deli771 Deli771


Ino cafe

Ino cafe

(04) 2301-3605
175, ZhongXing St, West District
Hours: Sun-Thu
11 am-10 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-11 pm
(closed Mondays)
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.
Chinese/ English menu.
This cafe has exhibitions about music, paintings and photography.

If you love enjoying a cup of good coffee, a cocktail or a tasty dessert while enjoying the scenery and views around Civics Square (People's Park), then Ino Cafe is the perfect place for you. The owner not only loves serving good food but also appreciates old buildings, so corners of the first and second floors are provided to artists for free exhibitions. Besides the below items, Ino Cafe also provides made-from-scratch sandwiches and pasta dishes.

A: This cafe not only exudes the aromatic fragrance of coffee, but also a love for the arts.

B: Original Flavor Waffles (NT$150) have a firm texture and a sour taste that comes from a unique grape black vinegar sauce. Served with these waffles are seasonal fruit, honey and maple syrup.

C: The crust of the handmade Tiramisu (NT$50) is especially soft but the staff declines to reveal their secret ingredients. A very thick layer of coffee powder helps keep this dessert from becoming overly sweet.

Ino cafe Ino cafe


Allo Design Studio

Allo Design Studio

(04) 2375-1740
39, HuaMei St, West District
Hours: weekdays 11 am-10 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-11 pm
(closed Tuesdays)
No service charge.
Credit cards not accepted.
Chinese/English menu.
Visit Allo's Facebook page for information about exhibitions, performances and workshops.

Run by six young friends, this cafe/design studio often holds events such as exhibitions for installation art, photography and illustrations, movie workshops, and movie director interviews. Those interested in holding events are welcomed to contact Allo. Besides meals, the cafe sells second-hand furniture imported from northern Europe and various products designed by the owners, including stationery, desks, bookshelves and display cases. Allo is perfect for those wanting to escape their busy existences for a comfortable, stylish place to enjoy good sandwiches, bagels, coffee and tea.

A: Milk Tea (hot NT$120; iced NT$130) and Marshmallow Caffe Latte (only available in winter) is definitely a cold-day comfort.

B: The Mexican Burrito includes lettuce, tomatoes, onions, thick bacon, homemade salsa sauce and mustard nachos. The cafe also serves croissants, bagels and flax seed sandwiches with fillings like bratwurst, smoky bacon, chicken and tomatoes with vegetables.

C: This corner displays products both imported and designed by the owners.

Allo Design Studio Allo Design Studio


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