Taipei is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. I can’t say enough about the culture, people, transportation, and landscape. There is a lot of opportunity for the Taiwanese people, mainly because opening a business takes very little compared to here in North America. From what I gathered, there is next to no paperwork, therefore shops and restaurants open and close on a daily basis. So when about 20 people are lined up for a restaurant on a weekday afternoon, you know it’s something special.
After hearing that Melange Cafe is the place to go for waffles in Taipei, I added it to the to-do list. One day I decided to set out to find the cafe. Living outside of Taipei in the small town of Zhongli meant I would have to train for 40 minutes, metro for 20 minutes, then walk– just to get to the restaurant. After exiting the metro at 中山 station, Melange Cafe is only a three minute walk down a back alley. Once I met my friend there we put down our name and decided to join the line of people and wait for a table. The host was insanely annoying, and almost made us leave by yelling in his microphone. We decided to tough it out, and after sweating buckets in the 35 degree heat he finally called our name.
After thinking we were about to be seated, they told us to write our order on a paper, then wait longer. After ten more minutes, they told us they were full, and that we were being moved to their location down the street. This was all bizarre, but after seeing a clubhouse on the menu, I was dedicated to staying. We walked down the street to the other location, and they told us they were also full, but that we could sit in the basement. Little did we know the basement was an ultra modern coffee shop. Since they already knew our order, it was a matter of minutes before my 总会三明治 (zong hui san ming zhi – clubhouse sandwich) came to the table.
Slammed with bacon, lettuce, chicken, cheese, bacon, and cucumber, it was finally the club I was looking for. Everything was just on point, and it even came with some Pringles. Priced at 140NT ($4.60CAD) it is impossible to go wrong, this would be at least $13.00 in Winnipeg.
For the first time on my trip, I found a club that was on par with back home–and it only took three months! Melange Cafe is a MUST if you are in Taipei. This chic, modern, and delicious restaurant is worth the wait. The only downside was that they force you to order a drink, even when all you want is a water! And I did make it back for the waffles, they were unbelievable.
Last but not least, besides the host, the service was great. I actually forgot my friends house keys on my chair and our server ran me down and gave them back–sorry Per and Tori, thanks for everything. 🙂
Stay tuned next week for the worst club I have ever had in my life!