Taipei City – 巴和奈野 Illy Cafe

Value for money: 7/10
Cleanliness: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Quality of food: 6/10
Overall: 7/10

 
In a quiet alley off Roosevelt Road, you can find this place. We came here for breakfast, but you can quite easily come here for brunch/lunch, too.
 
 
It was the week before Christmas, and all through the house…
 
 
There were lots of flags, fortunately not a mouse.
 
 
Free WiFi is something that can be a blessing, and a curse. You’re eating, so is there really a need to continue playing the Ninja fighting game you’ve been struggling on for the last 5 hours? You still really want to watch your favourite TV show whilst eating? Do it at home. This is a cafe/restaurant. For me, it should be about taking in the atmosphere and enjoying a nice meal.
 
But thanks for the free WiFi – I could check out the directions before we went to 陽明山 to eat the 烤地瓜. 
 
The menu has a variety of sandwiches and some breakfasts, too.
 
 
What we ordered:

1. 美式組合 mei3shi4zu3he2 American style breakfast
w/ Hot coffee 熱美式咖啡 rè měi shì kā fēi $195

2. 燻鮭魚乳酪 xūn guī yú rǔ lào Smoked salmon with cream cheese $150
 
 


1. 美式組合 mei3shi4zu3he2 American style breakfast
w/ Hot coffee 熱美式咖啡 rè měi shì kā fēi


Buttered toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns and salad. 


A little squiggle of mustard and ketchup on the side, too.


Everything was actually pretty decent. Even the scrambled eggs get my stamp of approval! The juice was a little sour and fairly non-descript, but the rest of the aspects were fine.


The Americano was decent, too. 





2. 燻鮭魚乳酪 xūn guī yú rǔ lào Smoked salmon with cream cheese

 

Smoked salmon and cream cheese is by far my favourite bagel choice, so I am no stranger to the combination. Here, it’s on a sandwich with some tomato, cucumber and salmon. There is a small spread of a mustard mayonnaise, too.

The bread was just OK, it didn’t taste very fresh but it did the job that bread does. The smoked salmon was nice (but I find it hard to imagine that Illy would have actually smoked it themselves).


Overall, both breakfasts were fairly standard of many breakfast cafe’s. I wouldn’t race to go back but similarly I also wouldn’t say no to going back, either.


Best dish: 1. 美式組合 mei3shi4zu3he2 American style breakfast
w/ Hot coffee 熱美式咖啡 rè měi shì kā fēi – This dish was the better of the two, with nice scrambled eggs and also a nice sausage.

Dish I wouldn’t order again: 2. 燻鮭魚乳酪 xūn guī yú rǔ lào Smoked salmon with cream cheese – I want my bread to be a little better quality and I want a thicker spread than what was provided, really. 


Opening times:
Monday – Sunday 08:00 – 17:00



台北市大安區羅斯福路二段81巷16 弄5號

 

 
 
 
Happy Eating!

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