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By David Chen  /  Staff Reporter

Saveurs, a cozy restaurant run by French expat chef Patrick Cabirol, continues to reel in a steady clientele. Prices have gone up since the Taipei Times first reviewed the place in 2005, but it still offers one of the best lunch deals in town.

For NT$450, you get a set meal that includes soup, salad, appetizer, a main course and dessert. The food is excellent from start to finish, and the quality and portions put most Taipei restaurants in this price range to shame.

The main course choices normally include steak, roast lamb or fish. Everything is melt-in-your mouth delicious and accompanied by wonderful sauces. Then there’s dessert, all made in-house: creme brulee (probably the best in the city), chocolate mousse, tarte tatin. Every time I go, I shake my head: How can all of this be only NT$450?

Many apparently feel the same way. Don’t even think about going for lunch without a reservation, whatever day of the week. Cabirol suggests calling at least three days in advance, or coming for dinner, when it’s generally easier to get a table as a walk-in. A selection of classic French dishes is available for dinner and set meals are NT$690 and NT$890.

Saveurs, which is located at 14, Ln 219, Fuxing S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市復興南路一段219巷14號), is open Mondays through Saturdays for lunch from 11:30am to 2pm and for dinner from 6pm to 9pm. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.

Tidbits concludes by bidding farewell to two French-style bistros in Taipei. Patrice French Kitchen (reviewed in the May 27, 2011, edition of the Taipei Times) closed in June, while the Galley Gong Bistro (reviewed in the Jan. 7, 2011, edition of the Taipei Times) shut down in May, after opening at the end of last year.

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