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FUN MAGAZINE, April, 2006.
371, Ren Ai Road, Sec. 4
--By Rebekah Godfrey Translated by Liu
Olala, a restaurant that gets rave
reviews by foreigners and Taiwanese alike, is owned
by Patrick "Paco" Sturbois, who is no stranger
to Taipei's dining scene.
Having lived in Taiwan for 12 years,
Paco has owned five different restaurants, including
the former Mr. Paco's Pizzeria and Pasta Place. Olala
opened two years ago, much to the delight of French-food
To borrow the words of a very satisfied
customer, Olala is "high quality, modern French
food in a casual atmosphere". This same customer
also admitted that the foie gras "took his breath
away", which should convince anyone to give it
a try. You can order a pan-fried foie gras appetizer
or make it your entree for NT$710.
Appetizers, salads, pasta dishes and
at least 12 entrees are on the menu, including the highly
recommended Duck Confit (NT$620). But you may not need
the menu at all -- Paco is adamant about offering new
dishes on a daily basis, using the freshest of ingredients.
Loyal customers enjoy the variety and know that they
are eating high-quality cuisine.
Set meals are also available, for NT$1,000 and NT$1,300.
Both set meals include a soup or salad, main course,
dessert, and coffee or tea. The NT$1,300 set meal includes
And what would a French restaurant be without creme
brulee? You can find it here for NT$160, along with
Crepes Flambees (NT$180) and Dark Chocolate Mousse with
Olala's wine list is also fairly extensive
and includes special vintage wines that range from about
NT$2,000 to NT$19,000 a bottle. If you happen to have
some extra change in your pocket, the 1991 Domaine de
la Romanee Conti - La Tache will set you back NT$19,500.
Olala is somewhat hard to find. Although
the address of Olala is listed as RenAi Road, it is
actually located at the back of a building and fronts
the alley running behind. Don't visit Olala if you're
looking for a pretentious, upscale atmosphere. Visit
it for its cozy surroundings, excellent food, and pleasant