Alsace-flavored La Chouette keeps it authentic
By Douglas Habecker
Translated by Angel Pu
92, TaiYuan Rd, Sec 2, 1F, North Dist.
Hours: 1-9 pm (closed Tuesdays)
English menu available.
No service charge.
The fact that the staff at La Chouette was busy making Buche de Noel (yule log cake) and Galette des Rois (king cake) in December is testament to the French training of its two youthful owners, Meng Shu Tsai and Annie Kuo. The two first met in Paris at the prestigious Lenotre cooking school and later returned to Taiwan to open their own patisserie (whose name means "the owl") in July, 2012.
Left: Meng shu Tsai and Annie Kuo
Right: (The NT$680 teatime special for
two includes 2 menu drinks (or 1 pot
of tea), a NT$180 choice from the
dessert case (pictured, giant"Strawberry Lover" macaron), two
macarons and a combination of sweet
and salty treats.
Facing the pleasant TaiYuan Road greenbelt, this attractive patisserie's interior catches the eye with its Alsace-style decor inspired by a visit to the picturesque city of Obernai. Besides the pleasant downstairs seating area, a cozy upstairs mezzanine level is popular for small gatherings, dates and even wedding proposals.
Right: Truffle Wild Mushroom Risotto
(NT$280) is among rotating new
Dine-in and take-out customers can choose from about 14-15 desserts in the display case, including the favorite Mille-Feuille (NT$210), which takes three days to make with repeated folding that gives it over 900 layers. Other selections include the NT$170 Tarte au Citron (lemon tart); Quiche Lorraine (NT$100); and a delicious variety of macarons (NT$65), from caramel fleur de sel and vanilla rum to a special non-sweet Truffle Macaron, made with real truffle bits and oil.
Left: Regular Mille-Feuille
Medium: Galette des Rois (king cake)
Right: Strawberry Mille-Feuille
The two owners introduce seasonal items year round, particularly fruit-inspired ones. For example, Taiwan's strawberry season means that various related creations, like Strawberry Mille-Feuille (NT$250), will be featured until about April. From January, there will also be a weekly-changing pasta/risotto entree available.
The drinks menu ranges from Italian-style coffees (NT$110-130), including flavored lattes, to hot chocolate to various types of Mariage Freres brand teas from France (NT$190-220/pot with hot-water refills) like Assam or the fruit/floral-flavored The De Fete.