XIANG SE TAIPEI

Just when I thought my holiday has been a total disaster, I found Xiang Se. And suddenly the past 14 days seems great.

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It's been a while since I wrote here. A terrible cold got in the way. Two weeks, I've been travelling with a crazy headache for two weeks. Bummer. Just when I thought my holiday has been a total disaster because of the cold, I discovered Xiang Se. And suddenly the past 14 days seems great.

Okay, so if we are friends on Instagram, you'll see I've been posting a few sneak peeks of this beautiful dining spot in Taipei –Xiang Se. And this is where I will be taking my friends for the next few months, or perhaps the primary reason why I make dining plans. Friends from work, from University, high school and even elementary school...'Wanna get together next week?'. And catch up via some amazing European dishes, shall we? 

距離上一篇文章已經隔了整整兩個禮拜。在這期間,雖然有著滿滿的行程和旅行,卻因為生病減少了些興致,真可惜。不過,就當我覺得這次的假期完全浪費在休息與感冒上時,我來到了香色,心情也跟著放晴了。想想,只要我們留意生活上的各種美麗事物,所有的不滿意也會跟著煙消雲散的(笑)

好的,假如我們在 Instagram 上是朋友的話,你們就會發現我前幾天到了位於湖口街的香色用餐。從去年開始就一直有人推薦,卻一直沒機會,這次因為剛好有住在東京和曼谷的朋友回台灣,立刻想到這裡。去了一次,就已經下定決心,在接下來的聚會,我都會推薦香色當作地點,不管是料理或是氣氛都深得我心。

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Walking into Xiang Se, was like magic, a display designed to make you feel like you're actually in France, Provence maybe. Wooden table settings, white flowers, and beautifully mottled vintage furnitures. The timing couldn't be any better, back in a few years, I wouldn't be able to appreciate a decor like this. Fast forward to the current time-being, I've become a lot more open minded with style. Taste changes, and I'm glad it does. Now, I'm definitely a happy customer. 

推開大門,映入眼簾的是細心規劃的歐洲風情,讓人完全忘了外頭的臺北都市塵囂。木質的桌椅,素雅的白色花束以及美麗斑駁的復古傢俱,在這個炎熱的平日午後,我與兩位好友好似相約到南法普羅旺斯用餐。很慶幸自己是在這個時間點來到香色,假如提早幾年,當時的我或許還不懂得的欣賞眼前的擺設和裝潢。隨著年紀,接觸的文化和風情比以往多上許多,此時此刻,我是個滿意又期待的客人。

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Starting with a light and fresh vegetable salad, following by a beautiful tomato gnocchi served with dice beef and bread. This is my personal favourite savoury dish of the day. Normally, gnocchi is made from potatoes, but Xiang Se used yam for their's, which made the texture relatively chewier. I would say, this is definitely one of the best I've had in Taiwan, or in Asia even. If you only have room for one main course, this will be the one.  

這趟味覺饗宴,由一道清爽為酸的茼萵沙拉開始。接著上來的是我個人非常喜歡的色香57號麵疙瘩,如其名,這道主食有別於一般以馬鈴薯作為主原料,香色用的是台農的57號地瓜,口感也跟著Q彈許多,老實說,應該是目前在亞洲地區吃到最好吃的麵疙瘩。番茄的底,配上用料大方的牛肉塊,酸鹹適中,是我當天主食的第一名。

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And then there's this Asian inspired duck spaghetti. I love the fact that they source ingredients locally. For instance, the duck here is from Yilan, which is considered pretty famous in Taiwan. Are we drooling yet? 

服務生也另外推薦了亞洲風味櫻桃鴨細麵。仔細觀察,其實會發現香色在食材上都盡量選擇台灣本身的食材,在這道菜裡,除了有名的宜蘭櫻桃鴨,還能嚐到筍丁、蓮子和干絲,中式的用料用義式的方法烹調,中西合併,一點也不違和。

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I've always think of dessert as the taste that determines it all. The sweet final touch. I've already blasted their canelé over Facebook and Instagram after that particular Friday afternoon. Being one of the restaurant's signatures, unlike the traditional bell shape, their version is created in brick form. Just like how a perfect canelé should taste like, crunchy outside, smooth and soft at the inside –Which says it all. 

一頓美好的午餐,怎麼能少了美味的甜點呢?自從那天的聚會,我已經在 Facebook 和 Instagram 大力宣傳他們的可麗露。不像一般常見的鈴鐺形狀,這裏的是仿磚塊的外型,所以取名為「黑磚可麗露」。一個完美的可麗露,最重要的就是要有外脆內軟的口感,而香色的正是如此。我們一致認為,光是黑磚可麗露就已足夠讓我們一再回訪。xiang_se_taipeixiang_se_taipeixiang_se_taipeiIf you're like me, obsessed with discovering new dining spots, Taiwan is currently a good choice. The Taiwanese food industry is evolving fast, for the past a year or two, there have been more than a handful of new places coming up. All great places. Xiang Se, in particular, is by far, my favourite discovery of the year. 

Meanwhile, as I'm slowly getting my strength back, I am reorganising my scattered schedule and projects back on track. So hopefully, all my stuff can be online really soon. Finger crossed. x

透過這幾次在台灣的假期,發現新的餐廳越來越多,而且不管是在創意、味道和餐廳本身的氛圍上水平都很高。每次有朋友來訪,帶著他們到這些地方,都默默的心裡覺得很驕傲(笑)像是香色,就是我今年目前最滿意的新發現吶!

另外,這幾天體力已經恢復許多,新的照片和文章也會陸陸續續上線,敬請期待。

xiang_se_taipeixiang_se_taipeiXiang Se • 香色 No.1-2 Hukou St., Zhongzheng Dist Taipei City // 台北市中正區湖口街1-2 +886 2 2358-1819