When I talk to people about life in Taiwan I am often bombarded with questions about food.
“But…. what’s the food like over there?”
“What do you eat everyday?!”
“Is it mainly just rice??”
It’s true that I eat a lot of rice and noodle based dishes, (which I am more than okay with because frankly they are delicious) but I have also found plenty of alternative meal options, that are healthy, scrumptious, and most importantly, diverse!
Taipei is a city with a population of 2.7 million people, so naturally there are restaurants of almost any cuisine one could possibly desire! I’m talking Spanish, Italian, Indian, Thai, Mediterranean, Vietnamese you name it, this city has it.
Recently I decided to try a German restaurant called Oma Ursel’s and it was one of the best meals I have had in a long time!
Oma Ursel’s German Restaurant and Bakery has operated in Taipei since 2004. It’s safe to say they definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to serving freshly cooked food.
The exterior of the building has an old fairy-tale feel to it and the outdoor patio is extremely quaint and makes you feel as if you are visiting your grandmother’s home. Waitresses dressed in traditional German outfits add to the cultural experience.
Their menu is filled with authentic dishes, with lunch and dinner specials ranging from approximately $300-600 NTD ($13-$25 CAD). Oma Ursel’s offers great value for the freshness, high quality, and accompaniments of their dishes see for yourself and check out their menu here!
When I visited I had fresh fish and spaetzle noodles for dinner; it was delectable.
The restaurant has homemade vegetable and chicken soups, in addition to fresh salads for appetizers.
For myself, and my fellow dessert lovers out there, the real winner is their dessert selection.
With fresh pastries and pies made each day, your choice of dessert is included in most lunch/ dinner specials and they are all to die for. Don’t forget tea or coffee is also included!
Apple pie and caramel ice coffee. Is there a better way to end a meal? Maybe. But this way is pretty darn good.
Coming from an Italian background, most of my family and even many of my friends always have food on the brain. Some firmly believe that they could not survive over here because they believe the food is so “different.”
What they have yet to see is that there are SO many fantastic food options to choose from, even for the pickiest of eaters. So to help debunk this myth I’m going to start writing more about the meals I have and the new foods I indulge in.
Hopefully I’ll provide some knowledge about how delicious authentic Taiwanese cuisine can be while showcasing how diverse the restaurants of Taipei are!
Stay tuned for updates on traditional Taiwanese restaurants, and look out (be glad you are nowhere near my kitchen) for a personal attempt at making a few authentic recipes!
Until then, stay hungry friends!
Oma Ursel’s Restaurant and Bakery Taipei
Review by The Taipei Times