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FUN MAGAZINE, September, 2006.
22, QingCheng Street
Hours: 11:30 am-
MRT: NanJing East Road Station
Credit cards accepted.
10% Service Charge
END SPELLS FUN FOR PATIOS
The end of summer
heat is near which means it's time to get back
outside before the chill of winter freezes out
outdoor opportunities. Patio nuts hardly have
the opportunity to enjoy the many outdoor cafes
that are available in Taichung or Kaohsiung--but
this month we present you with a couple of options
here in town.
--By Phill Feltham
Translated by Ann Li & Picker Chen
The NanJing East Road MRT Station
has a well kept secret--a cafe that serves French
and Italian cuisine. A 10-minute walk away, surrounded
by banks and other big buildings, you'll find
the Joyce Cafe.
Joyce has been a quiet escape
for many employees of local businesses for the
past 13 years. The restaurant's white patio at
Joyce is simply exquisite. Encased within a tall
black fence, almost everything on the patio is
completely white. Each round table has a white
umbrella to preserve the cool autumn air and a
hard white seat to temporarily lift the day's
"It's hard to find good
food combined with a garden," said Manager
During spring and autumn weekends, the patio becomes
quite busy. Joyce hosts a BBQ serving appetizers,
pasta, meats and other food selections. For NT$1800
per person, this is an offer suited more for that
special anniversary or birthday--but their French
or Italian food makes it worthwhile.
90, SongRen Road
Hours: 12 pm-3 am
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
No minimum charge.
More recently developed XinYi district plays
host to some of the greats in local entertainment.
First, there's New York New York Shopping Center,
then slightly down on the opposite side of the
road you'll see the gigantic Warner Village movie
complex. But it doesn't stop there. In the building
next to Warner Village, tucked away in the back
of the "Neo 19" building, is In House.
In House has one of the biggest garden patios
in the XinYi area. During the day, the patio is
a great place to sit back and enjoy some good
ole Western food during tea time. However, at
night, the lounge bar provides a different kind
of "chill-out experience".
On the patio, there are long, comfortable black
couches offering up relaxation while imbibe your
choice of cocktail, brew, or wine (bottle or glass).
If it's a night to be safe, then non-alcoholic
drinks are available, too.
If you have an hour to kill for lunch, swing by
and admire the excellent view of Taipei 101 while
enjoying a conversation with co-workers, friends
or family. There is a dinner set menu until 9:30
p.m. and the restaurant boasts a huge dining area.
On wet nights, the patio can look pretty lonely,
but inside In House stays busy. A DJ keeps the
place lively on Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends.
The lounge style music inside is the perfect backdrop
for the interior. The bar takes center stage but
the glass walls and a small candle on each black
table to add a little ambiance to a simply decorated
atmosphere. I suggest the Monkey Circus cocktail.
It's NT$250, a little on the steep side price-wise,
but the buzz totally makes up for it.