Friday, April 20, 2007

bakery: i recommend MAISON KAYSER

at Breeze Shopping Center, B2
39, Fuxing South Rd, Sec. 2
(at the intersection of Civic Boulevard and Fu Hsing South Road)
(02) 6600-8888

Hours: 11am-9:30pm Sun-Thur; 11am-10pm Fri-Sat

website: in french


visits reviewed: 3/7/2007 and 4/20/2007

say it three times fast: olive it

Today was my third time wandering by Maison Kayser, a very frou frou bakery with the price tag to match near the equally frou frou Dean and Deluca at Breeze. The first time, I bought an assortment of pastries, some that I had sampled, some that I had not. I wasn't particularly impressed with the bun-sized Brioche or the flaky Apple type Danishes (it tasted a lot sweeter as a sample, or maybe I chose the wrong one), but the wide selection and hearty compliments by the picks my friend made were encouraging.

With both English and Chinese signs for most of the bread and sweets, it's easier to figure out what you want. Also, with all the Chinese and Japanese style bakeries in town, this one is more unique in that it offers more European style breads and treats from an actual French chain- from huge loaves to pizza to fruit tarts.

Today I wandered around again, sampled and ended up falling in love with this Olive Twist Bread (NT$90). I almost mistakenly bought the denser olive bread loaf (on the shelves), but comparing the sample with the loaf didn't match. Glancing around again, I spotted (right next to the samples!) a tree of hanging pretzel-like breads. It's very addicting as I've been snacking on it all afternoon, despite my vow to cut down carbs. The tough crust, tender interior bread and sprinkling of distinct olive bits tastes as if olive tapenade and pretzel bread got married and had a baby.

So for this alone, I will probably go back to Maison Kayser and buy more bread. And give another try at some of the other tempting sweets on the counter- if I can bear to pay NT$150 for it.


Rose said...

I totally love the selection at Maison Kayser and quite frankly for the money, it's worth it. sure, its frou frou, but the bread is perfect (not any of that weird mixtures of ingredients I find at my local bakery)

joanh said...

hi rose! thanks for your thoughts... i munched on my olive bread for days so that was definitely worth it.

Ron Wu said...

I have only tried their croissant, reminds me of the one's I had in Paris. At NT$45 each, its a bit pricey. It tastes better if heated slightly in the toaster oven.

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Maison Kayser is a very popular bakery because they sell certain bread types that you do not find anywhere else. I like that they have very original names for their desserts.

S.O.F.A.T. (Stories of Food and Travel) Blog said...

What happened to the picture of the olive bread?

Anonymous said...

Highly recommended. I can't believe you weren't impressed with the first try! Maybe you were expecting the typical Taiwan bakery fare - heavy on the oil/grease and light on the sugar.

This is a truly authentic French bakery, you can't go wrong with any choice.