Address: 台北市大安區安和路一段109巷4號一樓 Taipei, Taiwan
Tel: +886 909 800 433
Hours: Weekday 6pm – 1am Weekend 6pm – 2am (Monday off)
Website: Ole Tapas FB page
Ole Tapas Bar is a Spanish restaurant and bar in Taipei. Previously located in the Shilin MRT area, a few months ago moved to the downtown, near Xinyi Anhe MRT, very easy to spot in a not-so-hidden alley thanks to its luminous sign and the outside fence painted with the Spanish flag. The interior is simply decorated with a few Spanish motifs, like posters or a Spanish map painted on the wall, creating a warm atmosphere.
Its friendly chef and owner, Alain, comes from a French and Spanish family, making a singular mix from two very rich cultures, at least talking about gastronomy, and creating his own unique signature in each dish. He goes to the local market every night, after closing the restaurant, selecting the freshest ingredients by himself. Because of that, the menu changes everyday, rotating the selected dishes and making you want to try everything. The available dishes are posted on the wall, both in English and Chinese.
On this occasion, we tried the whisky shrimps (280 TWD), the clams with white wine sauce (280 TWD), the St. Pierre fish with French mustard (2 pieces for 200 TWD), the skewed piquillo with boletus (200 TWD), eggplant with black sugar cane and a few more. To drink, a good Spanish DO Rioja red wine from their wine collection.
Address: 44 Macleay Street, Potts Point, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Tel: +61 2 8354 0888
Hours: Mon – Thu 6pm – 09:30pm Fri – Sat 12pm – 11pm Sun 12pm – 09:30pm
Website: The Apollo’s FB page
During our holidays in Australia, on Christmas Eve we were in Sydney and all our Sydney friends were already out of the city. So my hubby and I decided to have a romantic dinner at The Apollo. It is located in the same neighborhood where we were staying and some friends recommended it to us, so it was perfect!
The Apollo is in a corner, where two of the walls have huge windows that let the natural light come inside during the day. At night, it is still cozy but the low lighting and the traffic lights outside make the atmosphere change, in a very intimate way. The elegantly minimalist refurbishment includes furniture all made of wood, bare walls of rough concrete, and warm and simple lamps.
For dinner, we shared several dishes: fried king prawns (6 AUD EA), warm pita bread (4 AUD) served in an original cardboard box like the pizza ones, baked eggplant with pomegranate and almond salad (18 AUD), and grilled BBQ octopus with green olives and potato salad (26 AUD). To drink, two glasses of Nick O’Leary white wine (13.5 AUD each). And for dessert, we shared a walnuts file pastry with coffee cream (12 AUD).
The file pastry dessert was good, though a bit too sweet for my taste. Maybe it is because we were already quite full from the dinner. Everything was delicious, and you can feel that the ingredients are really fresh. I love this Greek cuisine style, traditional cooking with a modern twist, using new elements in the dishes. It is definitely an excellent choice for that or any other evening!
Palo Alto Market is a street market in Barcelona, happening the first weekend of every month (except in August). It started two years ago, combining shopping with culture and leisure. It is located in an old industrial complex, now reconverted in an urban island.
Its inner “streets” are full of stalls selling different things: clothes and shoes (new, vintage, second hand,…), decorative objects, food, etc. And visitors stroll around, taking a look at each one of them.
Besides the food stalls, there is an area with food trucks that offer plenty of choices to eat and drink, from options as Spanish as “paella” to Japanese food. You can eat while you continue walking, or you can rest in one of the relaxing areas with seats and tables.
Besides the outdoor areas, the warehouses host very interesting contents as well: at the Design Gallery you can find the pieces of different artists with a wide variety of styles; at the Club Aperol there are music and DJ performances; and at the Boheme Gallery you can see more stalls offering their clothes, accessories, etc., like the one belonging to SugoiHunter. I had a great time talking with Sara, the responsible of SugoiHunter, about our common passion for Asia; their pieces are handpicked in Japan, Korea, etc. I hope they visit Taiwan soon! 🙂
You can find more info at Palo Alto Market’s website.
Address: Plaça Verdaguer, 9 Tarragona (Spain)
Tel: +34 699 493 448
Website: La Pepita’s FB page
During my stay in Spain, I went with some friends to have dinner at La Pepita, in Tarragona. La Pepita is a new restaurant located in the center of the city, near its older sister La Lola.
As it’s typical in Spain, the restaurant has a terrace but, since it’s already a bit cold outside, we decided to have dinner inside. Its interior is cozy and welcoming, combining wooden tables and chairs with elements like lovely wallpapers, vintage objects and flowers everywhere, even hanging from the ceiling. One of my favorite pieces is that they have recycled old theater armchairs into seats for the restaurant.
To start, we shared three tapas: hummus accompanied with bread (6.60€), braves al caliu (kind of spicy potatoes) (4.60€) and provolone with sobrasada (6.90€), also with some bread.
Then we ordered two “pepites”, their specialty. A “pepita” is a kind of thin and crunchy dough, similar to puff pastry. One “pepita” was with cheddar cheese, bacon and egg (7.20€), and the other one was with chicken, goat cheese and lamb’s lettuce (7.10€).
We finished this delicious dinner with two desserts (around 5€ each): an almond cake with cream, and a “pepita” that was double, one filled with white chocolate and the other with dark chocolate.
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