Jin Hsiao Lu Cafe
(04) 2310- 6233
51-1, DaDun 20th St, Xitun Dist
Hours: 10 am-7 pm
No service charge.
Although brunch and afternoon tea are usually associated with British and American dining styles, Japanese versions have also become a trendy alternative. With decades of experience preparing Japanese kaiseki cuisine, owner Mr. Lai offers exquisite set meals, with kaiseki sets ranging from NT$1,000 to NT$1,500. The owner carefully prepares sauces and all customizes all meals, meaning that reservations are recommended. The afternoon tea includes four kinds of dessert and a beverage for NT$250. Chewy Mochi Tofu, accompanied by sweet soy sauce and seaweed powder, or Sesame Cheesecake, are great summer choices with a Berry Soda or Fresh Fruit Tea made with handmade fruit jam with a collagen-like texture. The seasonal Mochi (6 for NT$210) is a must-try made with ground white beans mixed with savory blue berries--a mix of soft textures and satisfying flavors. Take-out is welcome and Japanese lunches and dinners (NT$280-350) include homemade appetizers and delicious entrees like grilled pork or fish and sukiyaki. --By Uvia Chang, translated by Anna Yang, photos by Debbie Chen