Sunday, November 15, 2015

new in town/mall food: i recommend BREEZE XINYI



BREEZE XINYI 微風信義 
No.68, ZhongXiao E. Road, Sec. 5
110台北市信義區忠孝東路五段68號

MRT: Taipei City Hall (exit #3)

Hours: 11AM - 9:30PM / Thurs- Sat 11AM - 10PM

Visit reviewed: 11/12/2015


Opened last week, Breeze XinYi joins the crowded luxury mall space near Taipei 101 (not be confused with the nearby sister shopping centre Breeze Song Gao). With a prime spot on Zhongxiao East Road, it's right at the Taipei City Hall MRT as well as across W Hotel. Like the original Breeze Center, Breeze Xinyi is full of shops that you'd spot in Beverly Hills, such as Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Chiara Ferragni, Max Mara,  Moschino, Red Valentino, Frette, as well as Taiwan's first Crate and Barrel, selling those drool worthy table settings, cheese and cake plates, baking supplies and furniture that feels more grown up than IKEA.

After window shopping and making a wish list at Crate and Barrel, I had to see what eats were available at Breeze Xinyi. Even the "food court" is upscale, instead with a floor full of sit down restaurants on the fourth floor, from casual to fine dining, including Osteria by Angie, Ben Teppanyaki, Anzu, Ramen Champ, Paradise Dynasty, Champion Beef Noodles, Trine and Zen and a lot of other Japanese/Korean eats. Some restaurants will take reservations, but only on weekdays, while others like Paradise Dynasty will only seat first come, first serve.

It's really impressive what they've been able to do with Breeze Songgao and Breeze Xinyi, and make both shopping center's dining options distinct from what already exists in Xinyi area. They'll even open Cova (from Hong Kong) and Morton's Steakhouse on the 45th floor later this year. 

Here's a peek at Breeze Xinyi. 



Kenzo pop up coffee truck


Instead having a basement food court like most Taipei malls, they have a restaurant floor called Master Chef's Kitchen on the fourth floor. 


TRINE AND ZEN 




MOTTO YAKINIKU 牧島燒肉
Japanese fusion barbecue





MAPO KING KOREAN BBQ  韓斤麻浦





GRILL DOMI KOSUGI 
02-2723-6498

Originating in Roppongi Hills, Grill Domi Kosugi has western dishes like hamburger and steak served Japanese style. There's also omurice, omelette rice, curry and combinations in a casual setting. This is their first branch outside of Japan. 




PARADISE DYNASTY 樂天皇朝
(02)2772-6545

Move over Din Tai Fung... there's another more photogenic xiao long bao in town. Paradise Dynasty's rainbow colored dumplings have been flooding my instagram feed for the last week and it was one of the restaurants that was busy even on a weekday afternoon.



BEN TEPPANYAKI 犇鐵板燒
02-8786-0203 

Ben Teppanyaki has two private rooms that seat 8 that can be combined into one room, as well as a main open teppanyaki area. For those craving luxe waygu, top cap steak, lamb chops or lobster, served in set menu form.




I thought it was cute how their bathrooms had little signs sticking out to signal that they were bathrooms. Also they are easy to spot and not hidden in a back hallway.


QUAN ALLEY 寬巷子
02-8780-6617

Quan's elaborate entrance is very eye catching and its creative menu displayed a lot of equally elaborately presented dishes, but on instagram it seemed the main draw for Quan was its dual hotpot with slices of blush pink pork origami'ed like roses and vegetables presented as miniature gardens. When the door opened, I got a peek of the inside which looked very moody and private.



THAI BAZAAR  泰集創意料理
02-2722-8618 




ICHIZEN 一膳食堂
02-2722-0657 Unagi bowls and Japanese food



RAMEN HERO 
02-2723-7085




TSUJIRI



WAN SUSHI 丸壽司


This sushi conveyor belt shop has outlets at Breeze Center and Taipei Main Station as well.





TSUKUMI 



CHAMPION BEEF NOODLES 晶華冠軍牛肉麵坊
02-8786-8799




OSTERIA BY ANGIE 
02-2722-3618

Third location of this popular Italian fine dining eatery. My review for them is long overdue 😁



CRATE AND BARREL

I have been waiting for Crate and Barrel for months ever since I heard they would open at Breeze Xinyi. Located on B1, it's slightly smaller than I expected, but there are still a lot of drool worthy things to imagine in your house. 






MOKUOLA DEXEE DINER
(02)2723-7837

This is one of the few restaurants not on the 4th floor, instead it is on B1. In Taipei, people don't seem to eat waffles and pancakes for breakfast- instead they tend to have them for dessert or afternoon tea. So Mokuola was busy in the afternoon, with a display of whip cream and fruit covered topped pancakes for diners to choose from, coming out of the pink neon lit pancake bar. Originated in Tokyo, the Japanese Hawaiian inspired menu also offers curries, loco moco, yakisoba and colourful cocktails. Named after Coconut Island in Hawaii, this is the first branch in Taiwan, they have other branches in Tokyo and Bangkok.





3 comments:

Louise Erdrich said...

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Christine said...

Those bathroom signs are so cute!

Unknown said...

Thanks for posting this mini pictorial guide. Next time we're in that part of town, I know where to go.

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