50, Lane 280, GuangFu S Rd, 1F
Hours: 11 am-11 pm
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
SYS Memorial Station # Exit 2
A suitable place for early-evening diners, Coteacote is filled with artsy decor and has a low-key atmosphere. In the restaurant's courtyard, you'll find decorations hanging in the trees, graffiti on the walls and a dog house. The owners, Walf and Herman, are also in the creative design business, and the unique look they've created here pulls people in from the street.
The white walls and wooden floors seem serene under the soft lighting, which also makes the entire place look spacious and comfortable. Besides regular dinners, they also hold seminars, concerts, parties and end-of-the-year dinner functions here; at the moment, they're hosting a photography exhibition. According to Herman, Coteacote is more than just a cafe or restaurant; it is also specially designed to provide a place for arts and culture and those who appreciate the finer things in life. He says it is a "private place where you can share your interests and secrets with friends". --By Sunny Chang, translated by Ann Lee
A. For an ideal afternoon tea choice, get the latte (NT$90) or try a refreshing fruit tea (NT$160). Your afternoon will be complete with soft jazz tunes in the background, away from the hustle and bustle of Taipei's east side.
B. Their new spring/summer menu has just come out. Most dishes are made fresh and low-fat, specially designed for health-conscious customers. A meal for two includes baked bread with salsa, Caesar Salad (NT$90), Crab Meat with Vegetables and Clam Soup (NT$180), and Seafood Pasta in Tomato Sauce (NT$180).