La Caja de Musica
Translated by Angel Pu
18, Alley3, Lane 138, ZhangAn W Rd, Taipei City
Hours: 6:30-10:30 pm(Open until 12 midnight when there’s live performance）, Closed Sundays and Mondays.
No service charge, cash only, English menu available.
Formerly El Patio de Mi Casa, after several difficulties La Caja de Musica has finally settled down in an alley behind the Taipei Railway Station. Wherever they move to, old patrons will always find the new location. La Caja de Musica is the dream of the owners, Luis and Rames. They both love music, so there are a lot of instrument-related decorations in the restaurant--even the bar is in the shape of a guitar. There are also live performances on the weekends. The menu is mostly tapas inspired by the dishes Luis’ family often made, and all dishes and sauces are handmade to show the authentic flavor of Spain, instead of those salty and greasy foods that are sold to tourists in Barcelona.
A. Luis and Ramses from Spain met each other in Taiwan and were brought together because of a shared love for music.
B. Tapa Iberian Chorizo (NT$110) is a must-try that has a unique flavor that only Spanish sausage has. It goes well with tapas including Tapa Tuna with Grilled Red Peppers, Tapa Hummus with Ali Oli, Tapa Manchego Cheese with Pumpkin jam, and Capitan Anchovy (NT$100 each). These common Spanish tapas have simple but delightful tastes.
C. El Gazpacho (NT$100) is best for a hot day. Unlike Taiwanese that usually have soup after meal, the Spanish use this cold soup as an appetizer. The restaurant uses high quality Navarra olive oil, and the diners can add red or green bell peppers, or bread crumbs by preference.
D. According to Ramses, the bar is very important to a Spanish restaurant. Instead of the common Spanish cocktail Sangria, Spanish normally have tapas with red wine, and lately, La Caja de Musica has started to import red wine and decanters. For more information, visit www.lacajademusica.asia.