La Mère Poulard
Words and photography by Josie
Translated by Angel Pu
11, Alley 40, Lane 181, ZhongXiao E Rd, Sec. 4, Taipei City
Hours: 11 am-10 pm
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge. English menu.
La Mère Poulard is a famous diner situated under Mont-Saint-Michel and has a 125-year history. For the first time, the diner is coming to Taiwan and will run the diner like a coffee shop. As one of France's most famous tourist spots, La Mère Poulard has been known as the place where monks make pilgrimages, and they were often very tired and hungry when they finally reached the mountain base. In 1888, Annette Poulard and her husband opened a hotel here, and they were famous for always making a big serving of Souffle Omelette at any time and greeting guests with sincerity. Annette Poulard was called Mere, and it means talented female chef in this case. Among her over 700 recipes, the most famous is the Souffle Omelette that has become a must-taste for tourists from all over the world.
Now diners in Taipei can enjoy La Mère Poulard's delicacies here. The color combination is red and black and the overall interior is pretty simple. If you love egg dishes, you will definitely be thrilled seeing the restaurant's menu. There are sets with entrees, light meals, desserts, and drinks. The price of the entrees runs between NT$380-420, which is not even the half of the price compared to the price at the original shop in France. The entrees include Omeletteburger, Cookpot and Souffle Omelette. Traditional Galletes is also a recommended dish that is made with buckwheat flour and Italian olive oil. Mère Poulard Dry Cider (NT$120/glass) is a sour and sweet refreshing drink.
A. A hundred-year-old restaurant doesn't mean it's all traditional. Omeletteburger (a-la-carte NT$280) is made with omelet instead of buns, and there are tomatoes, lettuce and beef between the omelet and has a refreshing taste.
B. The must-order here is, of course, the most famous La Mere Poulard Souffle Omelette. You will know why this dish became such a well-known dish as soon as you have a taste of it. The secret to its deliciousness is a firmness and fluffy taste like souffle that requires s smooth egg mix and the right temperature with a little bit French sea salt. La Mere Poulard Souffle Omelette set (NT$420) includes souffle omelet, cookpot, soup/salad and risotto/fries/pasta.
C. There are a lot of elaborately-made French desserts in Taiwan, but traditional, simple desserts, like Galletes (NT$180), are rather rare. The meringue surrounding the galletes, which looks like whipped cream, makes the dessert go well with black coffee.