Give Me Reservations at the Outside

smile coffee by Tiffany Yang
smile coffee by Tiffany Yang

A few years ago, I used to hate the idea of takeaway food and outside dining. What can I say, I love a good cutlery set, shining water glasses, and of course, air conditioning. The ultimate change happened during my days in London, where the sun was too rare to pass. But let us be honest, take away food are just not as glamorous as we'd like it to be. Well, that is when you haven't heard about the new takeaway line from Smile Cøffee. To those in Taichung, Smile Cøffee is the pride in being, not just a good cafe, but one with incredibly stylish takeaways culture. 

在搬來英國前,我都不是特別喜愛戶外座位以及外帶食物這件事。小時候想法固執,總是膚淺覺得既然都到了餐館,就是該坐下來,用著好的餐具、透亮的水杯和吹吹冷氣。快轉到現在,或許是因為倫敦的太陽實在少見,越來越喜愛在陽光難得灑下來的時候,在外頭隨性地喝杯飲料,吃點外帶小點。不過,不管是外帶或是戶外用餐,一個不注意就會顯得有些狼狽。擔心嗎?不打緊,因為台中的憲賣熱河新的外帶窗口已經替我們規劃好一切。外帶,也可以是件瀟灑有型的事。

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If your office is around the area, the takeaway boxes from Smile Cøffee can become a guilty pleasure. Rush hour lunch doesn't seem that unbearable anymore, I guess. From their takeout window, you will find something as comforting as a full brunch & burgers, or tasty bites like the Danish meet balls (locally known as the Frikadeller). 

Of course, you don't necessarily have to leave after receiving the orders. With a nice windy day, enjoying your food at the outside seating area just seems perfect. At least that's what we did.

擬著餐單,想起不久前才來拜訪,看著它們更流暢的流程與應答,由衷佩服,明白這樣的進步是需要的極縝密的規劃。看著手邊的餐盒,不由得開始羨煞附近的上班族,朝九晚五中難得的午休時間,能夠如此豐富的菜色,多美好。健康營養的早午餐、飽足的漢堡,又或是能夠解解嘴饞的開口三明治,都是過癮的選擇。

當然,沒有人說外帶就一定要帶走。天氣舒適微涼時,捧著熱騰騰的餐盒,坐在戶外座位區嘗味,特別美好。至少,我們就是這樣度過拍攝後的下午的(笑)

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While the food is great, what impressed me was the amount of effort they put in designing the perfect boxes. The designing team has seemly found the perfect balance between practicality and appearance. Simple, clean, and lovely -- like it's food.

從手中接過餐盒時,好奇地端倪了一會兒。「是十分細心的設計吶!」與同行的友人都不禁驚嘆。外帶容器這聽起來極小的細節,憲賣卻下足了苦心。除了蓋子上可愛的文字標語,根據餐點的不同,也有著不一樣的「款式」、「隔局」像是開口三明治等等的小點,用的就是拉式的餐盒,方便享用也不會沾手,的確貼心。

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My personal favourite on the menu: smoked salmon open sandwich with onion rings. The salmon itself was moist and flavoursome, with a delicate touch of sourness from the lemon. And the onion rings so crisply they would pass even the highest standards. Who knew take out can be so yummy? Also on the menu are waffles, yoghurts pots, and fish & chips. 

即便是外帶餐盒,擺盤可一點也不馬虎,絕對不輸內用餐點。我個人最喜愛的是挪威燻鮭魚開口三明治,清爽的燻鮭魚配上脆度剛好的炸洋蔥圈,第一口就擄獲了我的味覺,沒多想立刻再咬下第二口。同樣在餐單上的還有各個口味的鬆餅、優格杯與炸魚薯條。

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The day upon our arrival, there was perhaps the heaviest rain I'd ever seen in Taichung. I was so worried about the shoot. Fortunately, the rain stopped in an hour and the food literally made my day. Everything was so fresh. I instantly felt better. If you're over this side of Taiwan (or even if you're not), this little takeaway window is well worth the effort of seeking it out. 

By the way, they had updated the menu during December. And there is also a new Danish Beer Bar running (Smile Ølbar) at the moment, sounds like a great place to hang out after work! 

當天,開始拍攝前,突然下起了大雨。擔心影響進度和品質,情緒一度有些低落。好在這午後雷陣雨約半小時就停了,再看看眼前令人滿意的菜色,一顆心就跟著快活起來。憲賣新的外帶窗口不花俏剛剛好的服務,次次令人滿意的餐點。重美食、愛享生活的你,或許擠不出時間做下來好好來頓午餐,不如點份餐盒。啊,若我是隔壁同事,肯定好羨慕的。

另外,十二月份外帶窗口的早餐餐單做了更新,啤酒吧也在這個月開始營運,肯定是個適合下班後小酌聚會的地方,我自己也期待下次再訪。

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in collaboration with Smile Cøffee.// shot on Nikon DF with 24-70mm lens.