The Naked Cafe (ZhongXing Branch)
148, ZhongXing St (corner with
GongZheng Rd); (04) 2301-6599
Hours: 7:30 am-9 pm
(last order 8:30 pm)
Credit cards not accepted.
10% service charge.
English menu available.
This third branch joins two other popular branches and is located on the far southwest corner of People's Square, within sight of its Park Lane mall sister branch. The newest restaurant-cafe is much larger, with about 150 seats on three floors, and sports an expanded menu. Available from noon to 9 p.m., seven pasta choices include the popular White Wine Pesto Seafood (NT$239) and White Wine Cream Lemon Chicken (NT$189); five six-inch, thin-crust pizza options include flavors like the Classic (NT$189), with Italian sausage and pineapple toppings. Sandwich choices--such as the NT$145 Smoked Beef--can be enjoyed with either white bread, panini or a bagel. Breakfast, served from 7:30 to 11 a.m., has several sets, ranging from the NT$129 Sunny Meal that comes with a bagel and omelette with side salad and a NT$80 drink, to the NT$199 Naked Cafe Meal--with a omlette, salad, mini sandwiches and other items presented on a three-tiered English high tea tray. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Naomi Lai
A. The main dining area on the second floor has a very relaxing lounge-like setting, with cushy seating and window tables offering good views.
B. A daily afternoon 2-5 p.m. teatime offers a variety of tasty waffle selections (NT$169-199) with flavors like Strawberry and Banana. These all include a choice of a NT$80 drink from the menu.
C. One of the nicest spots in the new Naked Cafe is the third floor, open on holidays/weekends and accomodating 20 to 30. Both the classy interior seating area and the outdoor balcony tables offer a great view of People's Park, as well as the Taichung Port Road commercial district and Hotel ONE. For a minimum charge of NT$6,000 (NT$8,000 on holidays), this area can also be booked for special events.