Aside from these tourist favorites, I also grew pretty curious about some of the themed restaurants I’ve been hearing about. It’s not everyday you get a chance to dine in a stuffed toy themed restaurant, an underwater themed one, a prison cell, an airplane, hospital, toilet, Hello Kitty… YUP. They're all in Taipei, and the list goes on.
So along with my sister and mom, I got to visit one of the more pleasant themed restaurants in the city, The Barbie Café located in Zhongxiao East Road, Da'an District.
I went through the clear glass Barbie Café sliding doors with the excitement of a 5 year old entering a life-size dollhouse. However, my expectations with regards to the food wasn't set too high as to not get crushed by disappointment. After all, I think most would agree that it’s more of the novelty of dining in a themed restaurant that makes the experience.
Meanwhile, the menu offered typical café dishes with a fusion cuisine of sorts. It was dinner time and we were informed by the servers clad in pink (Well, that's a surprise!) French maid outfits that a chunk of their entrée selections have to be availed as a set. They did offer other main à la carte plates, however these weren’t exactly their specialty dishes. So we decided to avail of the dinner sets that came with soup, salad, and a tiny brownie dessert all on the house, your choice of appetizer and entrée , as well as a drink with orange juice, sodas, tea or coffee to choose from.
We ordered two dinner sets to be shared by the three of us since we were still quite full from our earlier ‘foodventures’ in the streets of Taipei.
Complimentary bread slices were also served to go with our soup of the day bowls. The bread was actually quite good… chewy with crunchy ends, with Barbie’s head silhouette pressed on the surface for branding of course. Unfortunately, the soup of the day was corn and crab soup that tasted like 'Nido soup' anyone can just make at home. For the rest of the dishes, we were quite pleased with the taste, presentation, and serving size which was great for sharing, especially the ‘Jewel Box’ that came in the form of a thick Barbie bread cube filled with creamy chicken chunks and vegetables.
Oh, and if you think things couldn’t get any Barbie-er that this, they also have an area that resembles a life-size Barbie doll box for guests who wish to be their own Barbie dolls and have their photos taken. Other local customers at that time were young and middle aged couples, groups of friends and even families.
Clearly their market doesn't only cater to little girls.
Cheers and Happy Travels!