La Brasserie

Address: No.41, Sec. 2, Min Chuan E. Rd., Taipei (台北市民權東路二段41號) (map)

Tel: (02) 2597-1234

MRT: Zhongshan Elementary School (Exit 4)

Hours: 06:00~23:30 Daily

Accepts: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Amex

Service Fee: 10%

Price: $$$

A Classy Affair

When I lived on Ji Lin Road several years ago, one of the things I liked most was the fact that there were several good eateries all within walking distance. So much in fact, that during our most recent visit, we were surprised that Ji Lin Road around Minquan West Road was now dubbed the Ji Lin Gourmet Area. At the very intersection of these two roads was the Landis Taipei, a nice little business-oriented hotel with friendly service and a European-styled interior. La Brasserie (website), located on the first floor, is the Landis Taipei’s western offering with a decidedly French theme. Just on the tail end of a romantic weekend, my girlfriend and I decided to partake once again in La Brasserie’s tasty sandwiches.
The inside of the restaurant is immaculate. Adorned with dark woods and plenty of brass accents, you get the feeling of stepping into a fancy European eatery.

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One the right is a grand piano that is indeed manned with a competent pianist and singer during the evenings.
Play it again, Sam...
Behind that is a fully-stocked bar with a selection of bottled beers, spirits, wine, and even Taiwan draft on tap.
The bar is open
On the inside, you’ll see plenty of seating complete with leather couches and chairs to help you relax and enjoy your meal. The friendly wait staff clad in French maid-like costumes can all communicate in English quite well. All in all, there’s nothing to complain about La Brasserie in terms of decor.
Classy seating
The menu is mostly comprised of western favorites, some French cuisine, and also a limited selection of Asian fare. We were there for lunch, but they also have an impressive dinner menu including such entries as Duck Leg Confit “Gascony Style” with Lingot Bean and Bacon Stew ($580), and Grilled U.S. Beef Ribeye Steak and Lyonnaise Potatoes ($780).
My girlfriend chose the Whole Wheat Bread with Roasted U.S. Beef Ribeye and Dijon Mustard ($420), which comes with a side salad and a mountain of tasty French fries.
Rib Eye Steak Sandwich
The sandwich itself is delicious, placing lettuce, onions, tomato, Dijon mustard, and juicy ribeye steak between two thick pieces of whole wheat bread. The cut of beef we got this time was cooked well, albeit a bit on the fatty side. There could have also been a bit more mustard, but overall this is a tasty sandwich.
Rib Eye close up
My selection was the Landis Burger with Cheese and Mushroom ($380). Now, when the dish is named after the establishment itself, you just know it has to be something special.
The Landis Burger
You’ve got a homemade beef patty smothered in sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese with tomato, lettuce, onions and pickle on the side. The toasted sesame bun is soft, and once you’ve got everything assembled, it looks something like this:
If you’re looking for a dry and tasteless burger, look elsewhere. The Landis Burger is both juicy and flavorful. When combined with the crispy fries and side salad, this one satisfying meal.
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So Did You Like It or What?

La Brasserie has long been one of my favorite places to enjoy a fancy (yet still somewhat affordable) meal. With the outstanding decor, relaxing live music, and tasty food, this is a great place to bring your significant other,  friends from out of town, or coworkers after a particularly long work week. It just oozes class and comes highly recommended. 4.5 Yums. – TY
4.5 Yums

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