Add: No. 9, Alley 295, Dunhua South Road Section 1, Taipei 台北市敦化南路1段295巷9號
Tel: (02) 2709 0068
Hours: 11:30am-10:30pm (closed on Monday)
Price: [desserts] 280~360 NTD [drinks] 100~240 NTD [savories] 350~880 NTD
Visited: Oct 2011
Tugged away in one of the quiet lanes behind Ren Ai Circle is recently-opened restaurant/cafe a poet. Behind its unobtrusive storefront, there is an enchanting courtyard filled with fresh flowers and greens, complete with a skylight that allows in plenty of natural light. Thoughtful restoration of the structure has revealed sections of the original walls, but the eclectic design of the interior is high on style. Picture perfect.
The afternoon tea menu at a poet is succinct, with only four desserts to choose from. The two desserts I tried – Pear and Ricotta Cheese Crepe with Chocolate Sauce (280 NTD) and Orange Flavor Mascarpone Cheese Cake (320 NTD), are both nicely put together and quite light, perfect for an airy afternoon.
A cup of Earl Grey (+80 NTD with dessert order) to complement the sweets.
After dark, candles are lit and a poet transforms into a romantic dinner spot. The menu reads risotto, pasta, seafood, and other Mediterranean type of simple and light dishes.