Birkin Waffle Cafe (New Taipei)

February 11, 2014 in Food, Reviews, Taiwan, Travel by pacejmiller

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There are a lot of popular cafes in New Taipei city these days, especially near the Banqiao/Fuzhong/Xinpu area along the blue MRT line. One of these is Birkin Waffle Cafe, a short walk from the Xinpu MRT station and a slightly longer walk from Banqiao MRT station.

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It’s a nicely fitted two-storey restaurant with a lot of comfortable sofas and slim young waitresses, which might explain why it is so popular with locals. And there is this big bear on the steps to the second floor, which people seem to like but freaked me out when I saw it.

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Their menu is fairly extensive and offers all day breakfast, burgers, paninis, salads, fried stuff, steaks, ribs, and of course, waffles. Prices are fairly standard and depending on what you order you’re probably looking at around 300-500 per head. Minimum spend is a beverage, but if you order a meal that comes with a drink then it won’t be necessary. Here are the snaps I took of the menu. Interestingly, the breakfast section does not have English translations.

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The first thing we ordered was one of the items on the breakfast menu which had eggs and ham on buns, bananas, salad and hash browns. I have to admit this was way too weird for my liking as the mix of flavours was completely off. From the photo I thought it was eggs benedict, but it was actually scrambled eggs, which is fine, but the buns beneath were sweet. And hash browns with bananas? It was just whacked.

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With my expectations dampened, I didn’t expect much from the next item, the special sauce beef burger. But guess what? It was amazing! Nice bun, great beef patty and tangy sweet chili sauce. The fries were nice and crispy too. A standout burger.

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For dessert, we were tossing between the chocolate and the strawberry but ended up going with the latter. Not a bad choice but the waffles weren’t anything spectacular.

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On the whole, a pretty comfortable place to dine, especially for a nice brunch or get together. The food is a bit of a mixed bag and I don’t recommend the bizarre breakfast options, though the burger we tried was excellent. I was surprised that with “waffle” in its name the place didn’t offer more waffle options (there were 6 in total), but the one we tried, one of the recommended flavours, was fairly decent.

8/10

Details

Birkin Waffle Cafe

Address: No. 1, Jièshòu St, Banqiao District, New Taipei City

Phone: +886 2 2257 1777

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Birkin-Waffle-cafe/371824229553388