Are you looking for ideas about where to dine at Christmas? If so, look no further than hip, urban Aussie-influenced restaurant Woolloomooloo. And leave a comment describing what you love most about Christmas in Taipei to win one of two special Toby’s Estate arabica coffee bean hampers valued at NT$1,000 courtesy of Woolloomooloo.
But first, the food. Many of my Taipei-based readers have no doubt already been to Woolloomooloo, the uber-cool, super-relaxed cafe/restaurant run by former architect Jimmy Yang. Slightly quirky, the Australian-fusion cuisine is yummy — especially my favourites vices: pizza and brownies. If you haven’t been there, read about the review I did in the November edition of Centered on Taipei magazine.
To celebrate Christmas, Woolloomooloo has put together a special five-course banquet menu for dinner on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. For NT$1,200 per head, enjoy being looked after by someone else on Christmas Day rather than stressing about getting the turkey cooked just right (yes, I have experienced raw turkey on Christmas Day and while we laugh about it now, it was no fun at the time). The menu, which is below, features a main course choice of either a herb-roasted poussin (much fancier than turkey!), or tender pork tenderloin drizzled with berry consomme (like something Jamie Oliver would whip up for Christmas). Dessert includes a choice between two non-traditional yet Christmas inspired choices that are bound to become new festive favourites. And for an additional NT$500, you can include a glass of specially selected wine to complement each of the entrée and main courses.
The Christmas menu is available at Woolloomooloo’s Xinyi branch at 379 Xinyi Road Section 4 (not far from the Taipei World Trade Center). Due to its popularity, this restaurant has been extended so there should now be room for all the family at Christmas. But it is best to book ahead on 8789 0128 just in case.
Anyone who has met owner Woolloomooloo Jimmy Wang knows of his passion for good, Australian coffee (his business card reads ‘anchor for that desperate fix caffeine – intoxicant – ecstasy’). And he is offering a special for Taiwanxifu readers. Leave a comment to tell us what you love most about Christmas in Taipei for the opportunity to win one of two special Christmas coffee hampers, each containing two 250g packs of Australian-imported roasted arabica coffee beans from Toby’s Estate (retail price NT$1000 for the hamper). Winners will be announced on 22 December.
So what do you love most about Christmas in Taipei?