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Bistro de L'Olivier
145, An He (An Ho) Rd., sec. 2
Tel: (02) 8732-3726
Hours: 11:30 am-11:30 pm
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Bistro de L'Olivier: Tastes from the French Countryside
By Ken Lin Translated by Cheryl
A friend from France
who has lived in Taiwan for a number of years describes
Le Bistro de L'Olivier as a cure for his homesickness
because it serves food that tastes just like it does
However, French authenticity
does not only apply to the food at this restaurant,
but also the atmosphere. Le Bistro L'Olivier looks like
a classic French bistro with a mix of soft lamplight
and candlelight illuminating old posters and photographs.
In addition, the southern French dining experience is
heightened by the fact that the tables are usually filled
with French people speaking in their native language.
Owner and chef Maggie is a
beautiful, sophisticated Chinese woman who has written seven
books on food and fine dining. Maggie has spent time in southern
France and, upon her return to Taiwan, wanted to open a restaurant
focused on the cuisine of that region. She insists on keeping
the flavors authentic and is not willing to modify any of
the dishes to satisfy Taiwanese palates. This commitment makes
Le Bistro de L'Olivier is the place to go in Taipei if you're
looking for a real French dining experience.
Before dinner, try a French
aperitif, such as Richard or Kir. Among the more than 20 appetizer
choices, recommendations include the homemade goose liver
pate and Marseilles fish soup. Popular main course selections
are the rack of lamb with parsley and rosemary cream sauce,
duck and steak tartar.
This restaurant's desserts are also too tempting to refuse
and include chocolate tarts, caramel pudding and French-style
apple pie. The wines have been specially selected by Maggie
and mostly come from the Bordeaux region of France. Along
with the delicious food and romantic candlelight, this restaurant
offers a dining experience not soon forgotten.
Prices range from NT$690 to
NT$1,000 for set dinners, including a NT$790 vegetarian option,
and the menu changes daily. In addition, Maggie is willing
to design menus for dinner parties or for couples who are
looking for a custom-tailored romantic evening. There is even
a parking lot adjacent to the restaurant.
With so much going for it,
Le Bistro de L'Olivier is an absolute must for Taipei epicures
looking for a very authentic French bistro.