The Hardware Societe

Perhaps I haven’t posted very many restaurant/bar/cafe reviews on my blog but I have been discovering at least one new spot every week. The dining scene in Paris is like a dream come true! I’m always stumbling across some quaint little place tucked away neatly in an alley.

Today was a sunny all day brunch restaurant called ‘The Hardware Société’ that a friend of mine had suggested. Don’t let the unsuspecting exterior fool you! It’s an Alice through the rabbit hole moment; once inside, you will be met with warm smiles from the staff and a flurry of activity.

The food matches the service in every way! I ordered the grilled mushrooms which came with a delicious dollop of pumpkin on the side, a sprinkling of peanuts that added to the delicious flavour of the mushrooms and two slices of bread. My friend ordered a popular dish comprised of baked eggs and a cauliflower purée. Needless to say, the presentation was top-notch and the prices were reasonable! I paid 14,50 euros for my meal and 4 euros for a cappucino making it a grand total of only 18,50 euros!

So, if you’re ever in Montmartre and looking for a fantastic brunch joint, be sure to pop into the Hardware Société for a fantastic meal that will not disappoint!

The Hardware Société
10 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris
01 42 51 69 03
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Wengu Cafe

Tiny raindrops start falling from the heavens and get progressively larger with each step that I take towards the cafe. A few moments after being greeted and seated by the waiter, the skies open up completely to release a tremendous thunderstorm it had been holding in for days.

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I had walked past this cafe several times while wandering Dong Qu (the Eastern District or the East Side of Taipei; popular for its clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and boutiques.) What personally attracted me to this cafe were the hammock chairs hanging from the ceiling. I’m sure it was the case for most passers-by! Several months after the first sighting, I was finally here for a coffee date with a girl friend. Wengu cafe is a cosy spot, also perfect for studying as the music is soft and not intrusive. You are allowed to sit for as long as you want which is somewhat of a rare phenomenon in Taipei since many cafes and restaurants tend to have a 1.5 hour time limit. The service is fast and friendly!

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Address: No. 16, Lane 160, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City

Food & Drinks: 9/10

Service: 9/10

Environment: 10/10

Pricing: 9/10

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OVERALL: 9.25/10

 

I ordered a coffee latte and my friend had a blueberry dream from their “Pot Plant” series. As I had recently gotten my wisdom teeth removed, I couldn’t opt for any of their cold drinks and only had the tiniest taste of the blueberry drink but it was delicious! The coffee latte was pleasing and the taste, smooth. 

My friend ordered banana chocolate waffles with cream and ice-cream. It looked absolutely divine but I only had a tid bit as well. From what I could tell, the waffles were soft and fluffy! She finished everything so that’s two thumbs up from her.

As for the french fries, we ordered some to nibble on. The sauce was so good that I had to ask the waiter what it was. Apparently, it was a homemade Caesar salad sauce that made ALL the difference!

N.B.: Wengu Cafe has a minimum charge of one drink per person. Their drinks average
around NTD130-NTD160.

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Restaurant 14 Juillet

A Cosy Traditional Bistro de Quartier


I have been told by local Parisians that if you want authentic, traditional French food, this is the place to be! It might not look like much from the outside and yes, I admit, there is much left to be desired in terms of décor but it emanates a warm vibe and they serve food you will never forget!

The first thing I noticed was how welcoming the staff was, making little jokes here and there to instantly put one at ease. One of the waiters spoke excellent English which is definitely a plus for the tourists out there.

The whole meal cost 86 euros for two. We had a starter and a main dish each while we shared the dessert and the bottle of wine. The portions were absolutely generous and the wine was delicious; a good Bordeaux never fails to delight!

Address: 99, rue Didot, Paris, FRANCE

Food: 10/10

Service: 10/10
Environment: 7/10
Pricing: 9/10

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OVERALL: 9/10

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DETAILS

Wine: Chateau de Carpia 2010 (25 euros)

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Starter 1: Salade d’avocat avec les crevettes roses et le pamplemousse
Absolutely loved this light, delicious salad with a Dijon mustard dressing. Dijon mustard is an absolute favourite of mine, perfect for making a honey mustard sauce if you’re cooking salmon.

IMG_8060Starter 2: Carpaccio de St. Jacques
This lovely dish is composed of a thin layer of raw scallops with a fresh dressing of lemon. It’s a special at 14 Juillet so if you’re a lover of raw seafood, don’t miss it! I personally am not a huge fan of raw scallops.

IMG_8063Main dish 1: Carpaccio de boeuf
Nothing more to say about this classic carpaccio dish complete with olive oil, parmesan cheese and rucola! It also came with a side dish of lightly salted chips. Carpaccio is perfect for a light summer dinner.

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Main dish 2: Coeur de rumsteak au St. Marcellin, gratin Dauphinois

The least visually stimulating dish but it is DIVINE and racked with calories! This dish is the absolute opposite of main dish 1. The beef was cooked perfectly pink and rosy on the inside but drowned in an odorous French cheese (called St. Marcellin) that was melted over the top. Extra carbs for this dish come in the form of gratin dauphinois; potatoes sliced and stacked between layers of fresh cream. If you are EXTREMELY hungry, you can go for this dish and skip the starter.

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Dessert: Profiterolles
Again, a generous portion! Which I’m not complaining about because with my salad and carpaccio de boeuf, I still had some space left for a little vanilla ice cream sandwiched between choux pastry dripping in one full ladle and a half of chocolate…

PS: A little extra recommendation for those of you who might be visiting 14 Juillet in a group of three or more people: TRY THE EPAULE D’AGNEAU CONFITE for me. It’s a 1 kg – 1.2 kg of lamb and was most definitely too excessive for two diners but I’ve heard it will give you one of the biggest food orgasms you’ve ever had and it’s a 14 Juillet special nonetheless!