YOUR DAY THE RIGHT WAY.
Western Breakfasts in the South.
--By Mike Brown, Pieter
Vorster and Steven Crook Translated by Annie Liu
Being a big fan of Taiwanese breakfasts,
I rarely venture out in search of Western offerings.
My favourite breakfast shop (not unlike a hundred others
around the city) keeps me happy with "Dan Bing"
drenched in that wonderful brown BBQ sauce. But every
now and again the craving for a breakfast like-it-is-served-back-home
takes hold--and must be obeyed. At these times I tend
to go to either of Kaohsiung's two Bagel Bagel outlets
for some egg and cream cheese bagels. For the sake of
variety you can also try Mr Pancake, whose (in my opinion)
chocolate milkshake beats any cup of coffee hands down.
They are located close to the train station at 316,
JiouRu 2nd Road ((07) 313-4944; Monday to Saturday 9
am - 8 pm). Or head into any of Brunch Cafe's sixteen
outlets around Kaohsiung, where you are likely to find
decent food at very reasonable prices.
To offer you, our readers, more than just personal preferances,
FYI South had a look at where to get REALLY good Western
breakfasts around South Taiwan. Enjoy. --Ed.
106, MeiShu East 2nd Street, Kaohsiung (Close to Kaohsiung
Museum of Fine Arts.)
Hours: Breakfast served every Saturday and Sunday from
9 am-11 am. Regular hours are everyday 10:30 am-11 pm.
Nestled amongst the new residential high-rise buildings
a few blocks away from the art museum, Can Cafe has
been serving weekend breakfasts for nearly two years
(Saturdays and Sundays; 9 am-11 am). If you are fond
of a good selection of tranquil music, comfortable seating
and a pleasant atmosphere, then you can confidently
add Can Cafe to your list of weekend breakfast haunts.
For a reasonable NT$160, their breakfast set includes
a salad, delicious multi-grain bread, sausage or smoked
pork, eggs, pottage or juice and a drink (a variety
of coffees and teas are offered). Finally, the comforting
ambience at this pleasant cafe impels customers to while
away a morning reading, or chatting with friends, and
free wireless access also ads to your idling options.
302, HeTi Road, TsouYing District, Kaohsiung (07) 343-2883
Hours: Everyday 7:30 am-11:30 pm
For another breakfast alternative, why not try the Riverbank
Cafe opposite the Love River from the TzouYing Bagel
Bagel? Briefly mentioned in FYI South's March issue
for having wireless access, their breakfasts deserve
notice as well. Stop in for a good selection of morning
meals, served daily from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Ham
and Cheese Sandwich for NT$75 is a great value, and
the Bacon, Egg, and Salad with Multigrain Bread (NT$85)
is also a good bet (all meals include a NT$40 drink).
For five years the Riverbank Cafe has been consistently
attracting locals, and with fine food and coffees at
great prices, and a pleasing location along the river
and its adjoining park, it is not hard to see why.
217, JianGuo 2nd Road, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung; (07)
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 am-9 pm (Closed Mondays)
Finally, to round out these Kaohsiung breakfast options,
Cafe Goya deserves recognition and approval for their
excellent Sunday brunch buffet (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.). For
NT$240, with juice included, you can stuff yourself silly
with French toast, bacon, eggs, sausage and scrumptious,
like-mom-used-to-make seasoned potatoes (one plate of
the above costs NT$200). Being that one of the owners
was once a brunch chef at a French restaurant in Canada,
Goya's buffet should please even the most finicky breakfast
Go Dutch Cafe
18-1, WeiMin St., Tainan City
Hours: 9 am-4 pm
Run by a Chinese-speaking American, Eric, and his Taiwanese
wife, Go Dutch is a small, cozy establishment that has
been serving up tasty home-style breakfasts, plus a
good selection of Italian and Mexican dishes, for more
than three years. Items listed in the breakfast section
of the menu are available throughout business hours,
and feature staples like bacon, eggs, toast, cereal,
and omelets. There are two Mexican options: Huevos Rancheros
and the Breakfast Burrito (both NT$180). Lighter alternatives
include French Toast (NT$50), and the Light Breakfast
(NT$100) -- an egg, toast, a coffee or a juice, and
a slice of Eric's homemade banana bread. If a caffeine
jolt is the only thing you need, get a coffee (NT$50
to NT$70). If none of the breakfast choices appeal,
try a sandwich, some spaghetti, a pizza, or something
Mexican (NT$100 to NT$300). Salads start at NT$50. Eric
is a something of an expert on travel in the Tainan
area -- if you're not sure how to get to the beach or
the mountains, drop by for a bite to eat, and he'll
be happy to share his knowledge.