When a trio of 20- to 30-something friends opened the brunch joint two months ago, they wanted nothing more than a cozy, homey business that could generate enough money for them to get by and support their occasional itches to travel abroad. The spot soon become a favorite among the office-worker demographic with its quality menu of omelets, salads, Mexican and Italian light repasts available from day to night at budget prices.
Though young and spry, the proprietors/staff are an accomplished bunch. Chef Davin Yeh (葉家銘) has over 10 years of experience in the restaurant business that started at the kitchen of Grandma Nitti's (中西美食) and there is the good-natured Ellen Ling (凌怡恬), who has previously run three restaurants; Omelet to Go is her fourth venture.
Fresh fruits with homemade yogurt (NT$90) and Caesar salad with savory sauteed chicken (NT$120) are popular choices to begin the day at the relaxing joint where diners can enjoy a nice chitchat with the neighborly proprietors.
PHOTO: HO YI, TAIPEI TIMES
"I've always felt that the restaurant is a perfect place to make friends and have fun. People come here to share their lives and experiences, to enjoy the food and a good chat," Ling said.
The NT$90 omelet doesn't come any better. Options include onion and mushroom, sausage, Greek and Denver omelets and Mexican omelets with homemade chili sauce. The more creative can design their own.
If you think Omelet to Go would skimp on quality ingredients and use off-the-rack products to cut costs, the chicken pesto fried rice uses premium olive oil and baked pine nuts will prove you wrong. All the sauces and dressings are homemade from fresh ingredients bought at traditional markets and occasionally at high-end supermarkets.
The restaurant's specialties include chicken and beef burritos, enchilada and quesadilla as chef Yeh is a Mexican cuisine enthusiast and Ling's homemade cheesecake and brownies with ice cream could certainly satisfy dessert addicts.
Last words of warning for first-time diners: it can be rather difficult to find the joint, which is hidden in the labyrinth of alleys near Taipei City Council (台北市議會) at then end of Renai Road (仁愛路). Ringing the English-fluent staff for directions can save you lots of time.
Address: 350-69 Keelung Rd Sec 1, Taipei(台北市基隆路一段350號之69)
Telephone: (02) 2720-8782
Open: Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 9:30pm; Saturday from 9am to 5pm
Average meal: NT$150
Details: Chinese and English menu; no credit cards
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