NUAGE

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Lo­cated in the Neihu Tech­nol­ogy Park, about 20 min­utes’taxi ride from Taipei 101, in­ter­na­tional ta­pas bar Nuage was founded by a young en­tre­pre­neur and Sex and the City fan. Like the four main char­ac­ters in the fa­mous TV se­ries and movie fran­chise, she and her friends love hang­ing out at trendy restau­rants and that pas­sion has re­sulted in this three-story eatery. Thirty-some­thing head chef Max­ine Lo may be young, but she has had solid ex­pe­ri­ence in Con­ti­nen­tal cook­ing, in­clud­ing a stint at L’In­sti­tut Paul Bo­cuse. Since Tai­wan has re­stric­tions re­gard­ing food im­por­ta­tion, she uses a lot of lo­cal pro­duce. We tried the deep-fried green pep­pers with gar­nished pep­per­corns (NT150/$5.00), sautéed as­sorted mush­rooms (NT220/$6.70) and crispy Ital­ian bread with home­made sun-dried tomato (NT160/$5.40), with ev­ery dish sim­ply per­fect in tex­ture and sea­son­ing. On the drink side, there is ev­ery­thing from beer and Ja­panese sake to wine and sin­gle-malt whiskies.You can also sam­ple spe­cial cock­tails such as gin and tonic with Earl Grey tea (NT250/$8.40), a com­bi­na­tion we never thought would go down so well.

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