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FUN MAGAZINE, October, 2005.
95, MinZu Rd, XiZhi (SiJhih)
Hours: 11 am-11 pm
Visa/Mastercard. Smoking on outside patio.
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By Claire Tyrrell Translated by Liu
I sat back on the patio and unwound
with my beer, potato tortilla and large helping of enthusiasm
from Manager Amy Tsai.
This is the "Dream Community", which is far
more than just a cafe. The Dream Community, the brain
child of local resident Gordon, encompasses an art studio,
music venue, an annual parade (this October) and worldwide
artistic exchanges. The desire is to build a community
and focal point for the area and the word "ideas"
escaped Amy's lips as often as my beer reached mine.
The fruits of their passions are on display in the studio.
And, speaking of fruits and foods again,
any community needs to eat! What's more, the menu reflects
an influx of creative foreign minds, with offerings
such as Alaskan Smoked Salmon Spaghetti (NT$280), Nigerian
Pork Fillet (NT$260), Piri Piri Chicken (NT$260) and
Aussi Meat Pie (NT$200). All are served with a drink,
soup/salad and a small dessert. This isn't 5-star cuisine,
Amy explains. It's food people learned to cook at home
and seasoned with herbs from their small garden beside
a goose pond!
But the winner, for me, is the large
outside patio. A rarity in Taipei, it's perfect for
those nice Taipei evenings accompanied with a offering
from the long list of cocktails (NT$160-200) or a Corona,
Heineken or Coopers beer (NT$100/120). Okay, so the
weather is turning, but the shelter is cover enough
from Taipei's downpours and I'm assured there's heating
in the winter.
Otherwise, there's a small inside eating area, or pop
across to the cosy looking Maple Tree Tea House-a newer
addition to the Dream Community. Stylishly furnished
with traditional Chinese decor, it offers Jiang Nan
cuisine from the Shanghai and Canton areas.
XiZhi (SiJhih) is a little out of the
way, but buses 817 from KunYang or Red 2 across from
YuanShan drop you on the cafe's doorstep. If you are
living in Taipei's eastern districts, you are practically
neighbours, and it certainly makes a relaxing alternative
to heading into the city.