Cafe Grazie: Taiwanese Italian Fusion

February 27, 2010 in Food, Taiwan, Travel by pacejmiller

Restaurant: Cafe Grazie
Cuisine: Italian Fusion
Price: Around TWD 300-400 per person
Location/Opening Hours/Contact: 10 stores in Taipei City alone (see here for details)
Website: www.grazie.com.tw

If variety is your thing, then you can’t go past Cafe Grazie, a chain Italian Fusion restaurant in Taipei.

It’s best to go to Cafe Grazie with a bunch of people (preferably 4 or 5, or in multiples of 4 0r 5), and order one of their variety sets.  You can also order ala carte or single person specials or lunch specials or get one of their twin sets (for two people) or a party special.

We had the lunch special.  Get this.  For just TWD 1400, you can order a whole bunch of dishes to share between 4-5 people.  It works as follows.

Their massive menu with dozens and dozens of selections is split into various categories, and all you have to do is pick a few dishes from each category.  For instance, you pick 5 out of 11 starter dishes.  Then you pick 1 from 3 soups.  Then from 22 main-size pizzas, pastas and risottos/paellas, you get to pick 4 more.  And lastly, from a selection of 30 desserts and beverages, you get to pick another 8.  That’s 5 starters, 1 large soup, 4 main courses and 8 desserts/beverages!

[The party special is TWD 1490 and you get 1 extra starter and a few more options to choose from.]

The best thing is that all the dishes are reasonably sized and there is more than enough to share between everyone.  The advantage of having so many dishes to sample is that while the tastes may vary between from dish to dish, there will always be a few that you’ll mark down as your favourites.  That said, the general standard of the food is very good, and certainly none were disappointing.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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These are some the dishes we selected for our Party special.

Starter 1: Smoked Salmon Salad

Starter 2: Yoghurt Fruit Salad

Starter 3: Baked Snails (I think...or it may have been chicken...)

Starters 4 and 5: Fred Chicken with 'Special' Sauce (okay, I can't remember), and Roasted Pork Rolls

Minestrone Soup

Main Course 1: Italian Sausage and Egg Pizza

Main Course 2: Spaghetti with...ham? (my memory is really failing me)

Main Course 3: Seafood Doria

Main Course 4: Seafood Linguine with Creamy Basil Sauce

Er...coffee

I had thise one...Grape Juice! Yes!

Dessert 1: Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream

Dessert 2: Blueberry Cheesecake and Ice Cream

Dessert 3: Vanilla Creme Brulee and Ice Cream

Dessert 4: Tiramisu

So yeah, we were stuffed by the end of it.  Totally stuffed.

I loved the variety and being able to take a bite (or more) from so many different dishes.  The quality of the food is good, but as expected, isn’t exceptional or anything.

8.5 out of 10!