Field Trip: Mandarin Oriental Bencotto Italian Restaurant 台北文華東方酒店 Bencotto義大利餐廳

Information: Mandarin Oriental  Taipei | Address: 58 Dunhua North Road, Taipei 10548, Taiwan | Phone number: +886 2 2715 6888

A few months ago, I had the chance to have lunch at a place I had only admired from afar; the Mandarin Oriental.   This place looked special, and I had always reserved it in the back of my mind for a celebration.  I was really looking forward to this meal, but it turned out I was sorely disappointed by the experience.

First, you will come upon this imposing door. Don’t try to enter through this door. It’s locked!

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Instead, you have to go around to one of the side doors.  Then be prepared to wander around aimlessly until you find an elevator that goes up to the correct floor.  However, during my search, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the interiors of the Mandarin Oriental are stately and elegant.

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Field Trip: Mia Cucina (Taipei, Xinyi District)

Recently, I was a bit early for a lunch date, so I had some time to really read (and enjoy!) the menu at Mia Cucnina.   I  was pleasantly surprised see how detailed their salad menu was.  Usually salads are a hit or miss in Taiwanese restaurants.  One of my favorite salads to date is the roasted pumpkin salad at Les Bebes, and I’ve tried to replicate it several times on my own, with varying degrees of success.

The menu at Mia Cucina carefully lists each ingredient, and the different salad dressings or sauces.  After reading the descriptions, I’m tempted to try some of the combinations on my own.  I also was curious about their balsamic glaze, which is something I’ve never made before.

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I decided to order their grilled vegetable salad, and save room for some of their very tempting homemade desserts.

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