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[Taipei] VVG Bistro 好樣餐廳

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VVG Bistro 好樣餐廳

Add: 20, Alley 40, Lane 181, Zhongxiao E Rd, Sec 4, Taipei 台北市106忠孝東路四段181巷40弄20號
Tel: (02) 8773 3533
Hours: [Mon-Sat] 12-11pm [Sun] 12-8:00pm
Price: [brunch] 600 NTD [pasta] 280~380 NTD [drinks] 120~380 NTD
Visited: Mar 2011

The brunch plate at VVG Bistro is sunny and bright like a Van Gogh sunflower. Roasted golden potato and tomato with bois boudran sauce, kumquat & pomelo green papaya salad in champagne vinaigrette, egg benedict drizzled with caviar Hollandaise, pistachio with honey and raspberry yogurt…Enjoy the dishes at the lush outdoor patio on a balmy day, or retreat to the adorable interior space furbished with eclectic decorations and mismatched furnitures.

By the way, VVG stands for “very very good”.

The indoor space is fun and quirky, but gets quite rowdy as the crowd settles in on weekends.

With my low tolerance for noise, I opted for the outdoor seats despite the slightly chilly weather. The waiter thoughtfully turned on the heat lamp for us and promptly served complimentary cups of 八角風味桂圓薑茶, star anise-flavored longan ginger tea.

I went straight for the brunch set (600 NTD), a plate colorful enough to brighten up even the most sour of moods. From the toasted walnut bread to the egg benedict with caviar Hollandaise sauce to the pistachio with honey and raspberry yogurt, every dish was thoughtfully put together and sprinkled with a pinch of creativity here and there. 

Walnut bread came dressed in a cute bundle and was served warm and soft.

Assorted vegetables with roasted golden potato and tomato served with bois boudran sauce.

Kumquat & pomelo green papaya salad served with champagne vinaigrette.

Egg benedict with caviar Hollandaise sauce.

Chorizo, handmade spicy meat cake, bacon roulade served with creamed sweet corn.

Pistachio served with honey and raspberry yogurt.

Strawberry and capsicum calpis juice was a highlight. The tang from the capsicum and lemon zest woke my palate up right away, then faded away as the strawberry and calpis flavors took over. A lovely drink that I will try to recreate at home. 

The black tea, not so great.

We also tried a few pasta dishes and drinks on the side. Linguine carbonara (320 NTD) was topped with slices of lemon zest which added a refreshing spark to this typical pasta, while linguine with scallop & mushroom, sprinkled with mentaiko sauce & fried garlic (not pictured, 380 NTD) made my breath smell horrible for the rest of the day but was most definitely worth the inconvenience.

I did not try the cafe latte (200 NTD) but supposedly it’s quite good, and the pine nut & almond tea (not pictured, 160 NTD) had such an alluringly rich aroma and flavor to it I’ve decided to order this again next time.

What a bright little spot for brunch and afternoon tea. Very popular, reservations are highly recommended.

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March 29th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

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