Translated by Erica Lin
13-1, AnHe Rd, Sec 1, Lane 49, Taipei City.
Hours: 12 pm-8 pm on Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12 pm-9:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 12 pm-8 pm on Sundays.
Closed on Mondays, No Service Charge, Credit Cards Accepted, English/Chinese Menu Available
Influenced by her family, who opened a restaurant in New Jersey, Melissa developed a passion for gourmet food and delicate plating when she was a child. Together with her brother Timothy, they transformed the family-run traditional restaurant into a creative French cuisine restaurant. It was an instant hit and was so popular that Melissa even gained compliments from American gourmet critics. In order to make her baking dreams come true, she flew back to Taiwan with her fellow enthusiast best friend, Karen, hence the birth of Tartine Bakery.
Having studied culinary skills on desserts in France, Melissa specializes in French deserts. When compared with other lavishly decorated desserts, the ones from Tartine Bakery appear to be more thought provoking; some said to have tasted childhood memories in the desserts here, some said to have tasted the sweetness of love. Maybe the link to evoking people's wonderful memories is because, aside from the baking techniques, Melissa also blended her genuineness into the desserts. And even if you haven't gotten inspired by Tartine baked goods, your palate will be pleasantly surprised by the appropriateness of the refreshing and fresh tastes. Melissa's selected Valrhona chocolates, Isigny butter, and seasonal, organic ingredients, are Tartine Bakery's valuable choices
A. Fresh ingredients, refreshing butter (not greasy), and multilayer pastries are all integrated in this Pear Chestnut Tart. Melissa knows how the female population doesn't like repeated sweets, so taking this into consideration, she offers a variety of different choices everyday.
B. Lemon Tart (NT$130) is Tartine Bakery's most popular dish; the somewhat sweet, somewhat sour lemon tart brings out the natural aroma of fresh lemons, just like the slogan, "Tartine Bakery gives you baked goods that are deliciously simple! That’s all".
C. This tempting Banana Cream Pie, it is a pie and a tart with bananas and chocolate, which goes without saying are a great combination. The refreshing cream gives it a good balance, allowing it to be not too sweet.
D. Macarons are another main commodity of Tartine Bakery. Besides being colorful, there are unexpected variations in the flavors such as Basil Lime, Balsamic Cassis, Salted Butter Caramel and so on. Not only do all macarons have two flavors, they also contain two layers of filling. For example, the unique Peanut Butter and Jelly macaron, Melissa integrated the familiar flavors from her childhood in America into two almond flavored meringue cookies.
E. Apart from desserts, Tartine Bakery also offers light meals, and finely prepared set meals that include soup, entree, macaron and a drink (NT$295). The Creamy Tomato Beef Chili Soup is a dish Melissa often enjoyed in America, Eggplant Lasagna is a dish where lasagna noodles are replaced by eggplants.