Taipei is far away from France, and the food culture here is really different from the French one! But even for the most demanding foodies there are enough options. From the most exquisite and refined restaurants to “sur le pouce” (finger food) snacks, here is our selection of French foods in Taiwan.
This small family-run restaurant is very authentically run by Patrick Cabirol, who is from Perigeux in France. The quality of the food has made this restaurant famous, and gets a 4.9 rating on Facebook! Foodies come for both lunch and dinner.
The menu is small but solid and offers simple yet traditional foods from Perigeux, a region in France know for its truffles, duck, goose and cepes mushrooms.
One very authentic French restaurant with a price tag around 1000 for dinner. The chef comes from Bordeaux (like me). We recommand the gratin dauphinois!
Address: 14, Ln 219, Fuxing S Rd, Sec 1, Taipei (台北市復興南路一段219巷14號)
Telephone: (02) 2751 0185
Open: Mondays through Saturdays; lunch 11:30am to 2pm, dinner 6pm to 9pm. Closed Sundays.
Average meal: NT$750 per person
Details: English menu
Origines is a newer restaurant, but has already established a strong reputation as one of the best french restaurant in Taipei. The atmosphere is more casual than Robuchon’s – almost like a bistrot, however that should not mislead you about the quality of the food. Many efforts are made in the preparation, cooking and choosing the ingredients (fresh and imported from France), and Origines is very close to perfection when it comes to the dishes. They have an impressive selection of wine, and you can have many wine by the glass too.
The Chef Cyril has studied cooking in Paris at the Ferrandi School of Gastronomy and in some of the top 3-Michelin starred restaurants in France.
They have a really cool bar in the basement, which is open on Saturdays.
Address: 大安區敦化南路二段81巷31號, Taipei, Taiwan 106
Telephone: 02 2701 4545
Open: Tues-Sun: 18:30 – 22:30
Joel Robuchon is one of the most famous chef in the world and for good reasons. The chef visit each of his restaurant around the world regularly to make everything work like a swiss watch, and Taipei’s is no different. This restaurant has its own ‘somelier’ (wine experts), and they will suggest you the best wines to fit with your food. And of course, huge wine cellar in a restaurant.
Address: 台北市信義區松仁路28號 Taipei
Open: Mon-Sun: 11:30 – 14:30 and 18:00 – 22:00
Details: Takes bookings, Walk-ins welcome and Good for groups or parties
A very good surprise. Chef is Taiwanese, studied in France, speaks perfect French. Her husband and co-owner is French and has a very good knowledge of wines, so if you need any help for wine pairing he’ll be super helpful. There is a unique menu (around 2000 NT per person I think) composed by the chef depending on the fresh ingredients the Yangmingshan farmers they work with bring them. Relatively small portions but it’s a 7 or 8 courses meal so by the end of the evening you’re actually pretty full! Extra bonus point for the bread they get from a very good baker in Taipei.
Address: No. 233, Anhe Road Sec. 2, Daan District, Taipei, Taiwan
Telephone: +886 (0)2-2732-0732
Open: Wednesday to Sunday, from 18h30 to 00h00, Tuesday is reserved exclusively for private events.
Fabien’s dedication has earned him a very good reputation in Taipei for French food. His food is generous, creative and well priced. While one of the “nouvelle cuisine” restaurant, it is still 100% french. It is a fabulous place for Sunday brunch!
Address: 金山南路二段13巷20號, Taipei, Taiwan 106
Open: Wed-Fri: 12:00 – 22:30 Sat-Sun: 11:30 – 22:30
2-Snacks and desserts
Some other places serve French food, and deserve a special category. These more ‘down to the earth’ places are usually less pricey, have faster service. here is our pick:
Miaam is a nice concept of simple french quiche (bacon, oignon, goat cheese, spinach), along with an amazing salad. They also have delicious lasagnas and some cider. You will get full of delicious quiche for 100 to 200 NTD. The ingredients are of the best quality, the service is fast and you can bring your quiche back to the office!
There are some chairs and a decent counter if you want to spend a little time to eat. Overall, this place really feeds you what french people eat on a daily basis.
Maple Maple is more Canadian than french, but their food is of french inspiration, with a touch of maple syrup. Canneles, crumbles and pies are hand made and taste delicious. They also have a wine machine and quiches that really deserve your attention. Apart from the food, maple syrup in the latte is really marvelous. A must try.
They also have a wine machine which is pretty interesting, as you buy credit onto a card that you later use by yourself to get a drink. They should have this in schools!
Address: 台北市信義區忠孝東路5段410號之5, Taipei, Taiwan 110
Telephone: 02 8789 0550
Open: Mon: 11:00 – 22:00 Wed-Thurs: 11:00 – 22:00 Fri-Sat: 11:00 – 00:00 Sun: 11:00 – 22:00
L’atelier du Renard is a catering business which means that you it is not open to public, so you have to order the wonderful pastries. They have wonderful and very traditional french desserts, like mille-feuilles and the cook is French. If you throw a party you need to contact them!
Phone 02 2559 7176
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