Bunny Listens to the Music (Taipei)
Every now and then a restaurant comes out of nowhere and pleasantly surprises you. Bunny Listens to the Music, which I suppose should be classified as Italian, is one such restaurant. It shouldn’t have been surprising, given I had heard many good things about the restaurant for a while, but I didn’t actually think it would be anything great.
Located near National Taiwan Normal University, Guting MRT station and the popular Yongkang Street, Bunny Listens to the Music looks like just another cafe-esque restaurant with your usual salad/soup/dessert set meals. Nice enough, but apart from the bizarre name there’s nothing to suggest that the food will be much different to any of the other similar joints in Taipei.
We booked late on this Friday (there was a group function) and ended up only getting a sofa seat, which I personally did not mind although it was probably more suited for coffee and dessert than a proper meal because it was so low. There are also seats on the outside for people who like to enjoy the outdoors on sunny days.
They have a fairly simple menu that changes regularly, but if you want to be sure before go then check out their website (see below). They have a popular business lunch set where the price is based on your choice of main course and includes bread, coffee, tea/coffee and dessert. When we were there the prices ranged from NT$400 to $580 for the business lunch, plus 10% service charge. If you want to upgrade your beverage or dessert (the set course dessert that day was panna cotta, which was not good enough for us!) then you just have the pay the difference in price. I would definitely recommend that you upgrade your dessert because it’s from Boite de Bijou, a really fancy patisserie from the same owner. There is one just around the corner form the restaurant, so if you like the dessert then make sure you go check it out and buy more!
We ended up getting two upgraded lunch sets, and this is what we got.
The house bread was a hit. Crispy on the sides and nice and fluffy on the inside. A good start.
We got one of the two soups on offer with the meal sets: a vegetable soup (basically a minestrone) and a carrot soup. Both were better than your average meal set soup and tasted fresh and hot.
For the first main course we got a creamy risotto with sliced chicken and duck. I was shocked by how amazing it was. Not only have I never had anything like it before (half chicken, half duck), the risotto was cooked perfectly, with just the right bite, creaminess and flavour. I loved this dish.
The second main we got was a spaghetti with tomato, garlic and eggplant. It was a little more sour than I expected, with a pungent vinegary smell I’m not usually accustomed to, though I actually enjoyed it a lot.
Last, but not least, the dessert. As explained, we upgraded to the Boite de Bijou desserts and got a yuzu hazelnut tart and maple mousse mascarpone dome. Unbelievable, I tell ya.
So that’s my visit to Bunny Listens to the Music, one of the best new (as in for me) restaurants I’ve visited in a while. I can definitely understand why this place comes highly recommended and is frequented by local celebrities. After our meal we then went around the corner to Boite de Bijou and bought more cakes. True story.
Bunny Listens to the Music (兔子聽音樂餐坊)
Address: No. 15, Lane 6, Qingtian St, Da’an District, Taipei (nearest MRT Guting)
Phone: (02) 2395-9388
Hours: 11:30am – 10pm