Sanhoyan, Taipei

To be honest, my friends are more foodie than I do. I was having this realization that whenever I’m with friends, I tend to eat more. Truthfully speaking, our whole itinerary in Taipei were arranged by my friends and I was just tagging along wherever we go.

One of the restaurants in Taipei that are best reviewed is Sanhoyan. From Shilin Night Market to Shifen Old Street, we took the next level of foodie adventure by dining in at a casual fine dining restaurant.

The Sanhoyan Fried Rice with Egg ($327) is a show stopper. It was served to us in a pyramid shape. It is moist and delectable and so is their bestseller.
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Sanhoyan Fried Green Beans $227 (on the left) is a dish with a twist. It is fried with a distinct appetizing flavor. It was a bit dry but we really did not care as we were looking to balance our meal with a vegetable dish.
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Stir Fried Prawn Balls with Salty Duck Egg Yolk $327 has a subtle but addicting taste. It is crunchy and the surprising soft bite completes the meal.
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The Spicy Deep Fried Chicken $287 is freshly fried until crispy and so are the vegetables that come with it. It’s tasty and we liked it. Most of the veggies are chilis.sanhoyan (1)-1024x1000

Look at how cute these buns are! Here are the sesame bun (black and white), sweet green bean, and the last, salty duck egg yolk & sweet milky bun (gold) won our heart.
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Sanhoyan is located on the lower ground floor of a building. The ambiance is sophisticated in a modern way. It is pricier than the normal food we have eaten during our stay in Taipei so we prepared ourselves to spend more money dining in here. As for the serving, it was good enough for us three. The waitstaff can comprehend English but not quite. Nonetheless, they have given us good service that they accommodated us very well. Sanhoyan is a Taiwanese fusion cuisine so it’s really good that we were able to try it. I can tell that it has become one of the best ratings because of the food presentation.
This photo of SANHOYAN-Breeze Nanjing is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5
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Sanhoyan Breeze Nanjing
Address: No.337, Sec.3, Nanjing E Rd, Songshan Dist | B2Taipei 105, Taiwan


Dwntown & Halsted, BGC

Dwntown & Halsted Bar

Downtown and Halsted is known in offering drinks but they are very much delighted to tell that they are also offering food which is crafted by Chef Marco Legasto. He is also the man behind the food of Abuelas and Prime 101.
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The first food served to us exceeded my expectation. The Mushroom Soup (P250) tasted fresh. It is thick but not creamy and the flavor is well-balanced.
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The Tikka Wrap (P240) has cucumber, lettuce, and yogurt with pleasing spices that did not overpower the vegetables. Chips are served on the side with a spicy dip.
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The Portobello and Quinoa Salad (P250) is a mystery. The taste is very distinct. Maybe because it’s my first time eating quinoa, the couscous-like seeds that glide to my teeth as I try to chew it.
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The pork skewer (P150) has the typical taste of barbecue but varied by less oil and less sauce. The chicken skewer (P150)  has nothing much appealing unlike the lengua skewer (P250) that is sumptuous and toothsome!

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The aroma of Spiced Black Mussels with Fresh Chili and Curry Leaves (P250) made me scream inside of me “I need vitamin sea!”
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The Crispy Pork Knuckles (P580) knocked us out as it satiated our hunger for the night. I just like how they make a sinful dish less sinful because it was served to us not oily. The dip for this is also good.
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The Baby Back Ribs (P580) is tender with the perfect non-smoky sauce.
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The Seafood Pasta (P350) may look like a pesto based but as I got to try it, the parsley and garlic creamy flavor prevailed. The Chorizo Pasta (P385) awakens your breakfast taste bud.

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The East Side Elavation (P350) is superbly concocted. It’s a drink made of hendricks, fresh lime, kiwi, basil, balsamic vinegar. A recommended booze!
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As for the artworks, the artist may send their work to them for screening.

Dwntown & Halsted is a place where the people could actually talk while hanging out and drinking their alcohol. It’s a street concept but classy in a way. The food was presented has its craftsmanship and with well-balanced taste; I like the lengua skewers, crispy pork knuckles, baby back ribs, and seafood pasta. As for the waitstaff, they accommodated us in a friendly manner.

Dwntown & Halsted

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Serving: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4/5

Disclaimer: This review was sponsored but not swayed to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Aldous for the invite.

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Dwntown & Halsted, BGC

Ground Floor, Burgos Parklane, Forbestown Road, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City


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Potts Point Café, MOA

The transition of my life has been pretty crazy lately. In February, I quit my job because my family needs me more at home and my job was not really a practical work to stay. In March, I got a seasonal home-based work that pays 1.5 higher than my previous job. In April, I was totally in to my online job’s deadlines that I didn’t get to think it’s already May! I almost forgot that I attended a food event last April because it’s been really quite a while that I attended series of events so it was a valid reason that I have forgotten it. LMAO. It’s not a lame excuse, okay!

Too much of the introduction and let’s get to the point – Potts Point Café. This café is an organic restaurant, Aussie-inspired.  Most coffee shops don’t do much with food and restaurants don’t serve much coffee so this is how Australian café rolls – a combination of food and coffee. It’s a good thing that Manileños could try this now because that day, April 11, was the grand opening in SM Mall of Asia (Bay Side 2nd floor South Veranda). Take note though, that some of the guards misheard me that I was looking for Padis Point. As I have said, they were not familiar because it just opened.


I know it’s summer and it’s hot. However, the ribbon cutting gets hotter because of this chef, Chef James Torres! POTTS POINT (4)

To start-off, the appetizer was served. Shakshuka with Organic Pork Sausage and Organic Eggs with Toasted Baguette (P 265) is a dish that is drowned in tomato sauce with chili peppers and onions. The eggs here are served poached and the whole dish tasted like a sauce of lasagna.POTTS POINT (1)

The soup served on our table is Cream of Organic Cauliflower with Truffle Foam (P 180). I like that it is not too creamy and the salt is just right. I can taste more of milk in this soup (or maybe I have tasted the foam portion more)POTTS POINT (2)

The Roast Australian Lamb with Bone Marrow served with Brown Rice and Demiglace (P595) is the best thing. The meat is so soft and flavorful with the full-bodied brown sauce. Lip-smacking dish!POTTS POINT (8)

My favorite dish – pasta! What we had is Salmon Linguine with Capers in Dill Cream Sauce (P 365). I have read that dill sauce is good for salmon and yes, it’s proven because this dish is superb! It’s my first time tasting it. Oh the greatness of firsts!


The Australian Grass-fed All Beef Burger with Australian Cheddar, Pickled Beets, Olive Oil Aioli and House-made Brioche Bun with Baked Sweet Potato Wedges (P 395) is expensive. Lol. I mean it’s delicious like the burger chains Filipino locals used to dine but this one, the cow is “grass-fed” with tender loving care which makes this burger special.POTTS POINT (7)

The Strawberry, Kiwi and Mango Trifle with Light Vanilla Custard and Cookie Crumble (P185) have nothing special but their English Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream (P 210) is a-must try. I was totally into it. I could have emptied the dish if I’m thick-skinned. Hahaha! #SugarRushAlert.



Expecting that this is casual fine dining restaurant, the serving is meant to be not as humungous as the hungry people would like but the taste of their food could please you so paying a visit is worthy. The spacious café has a dim-light and an open kitchen. The staff is courteous and young and that makes the resto juvenile even if it has a formal vibe.

Serving: 4/5

Taste: 4/5

Price: 4/5

Place: 4/5

Service: 4/5