398, DaYe Rd, Sec 3
Hours: 11 am-9 pm (closed Mondays)
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.
Patisserie Colette is undoubtedly among the most beautiful bakery cafes in the country. Its imposing, white stand-alone building, surrounded by a grass lawn, stops passers-by in their tracks. The spacious interior has a romantic pink and white color theme, highlighted with sihoulettes of flowers, butterflies and rabbits to create what head baker/manager Tatjana Yeh calls "a real ladies' place". This new business is the brainchild of the graceful young manager, whose many years overseas included baking training and experience at renowned bakeries such as Carton and The Ritz in Paris, and Toronto's famous Rahier. She now uses her skills to offer original French-style mousse cakes (NT$90-120), tarts, Danish pastries (NT$120), cookies, quiche (NT$120/slice) and other pastries, together with cofffee (NT$110-150), teas and champagne. A long glass case displays many of the 30-plus items available for dine-in and take-out (catering also offered); you can also watch the bakers at work through windows in the back wall. There is comfortable indoor and outdoor seating for about 50 and Tatjana says she's more than happy to take reservations for marriage proposals and other romantic occasions. Free wireless Internet is also available. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Ann Lee
A. According to bakery manager Tatjana Yeh, Patisserie Colette's striking modern French building underlines the bakery cafe's young, design-oriented image.
B. Among the many delectable pastries are the Apple Danish (pictured, front) and lemon custard cream-filled Bichon (back).
C. The sinfully-rich Chocolate Mousse has already become a customer favorite.