Taipei is a pretty fun place for playing the Dog-Spotting game.
This is Ah Mao (阿毛), which literally means furry or hairy.
Ah Mao’s Stone Pot Risotto
Ah Mao, the golden retriever, sat like that for a some time before he deigned to turn back for this shot. Hoho.
Ah Mao is the mascot for an Italian restaurant in Ximending called Ah Mao’s Stone Pot Risotto …. or something to that effect if I were to translate it from Chinese to English.
He has the busy job of appearing in one of two to three such shops in Taipei named after him. There he welcomes guests to the shops. This means that we were pretty lucky that he was on shift here when we passed by. :P
A check on a few blogs showed that people found Ah Mao to be friendly and obedient. However, a sign on the door also warns that Ah Mao can get stressed and angry and advises patrons that it is ok to watch him but not to pet him. Makes sense. A human would get stressed and angry too if he/she were continuously bothered without a break.
The establishment is guide dog-friendly, and that’s pretty cool.
Ah Zong’s Flour Rice Noodles
Éméi St, 峨眉街8之1號 Taipei, Taiwan [map]
+886 02 2388 8808
We were looking to stop somewhere for lunch, after having small servings of Ah Zong’s Flour Rice Noodles on the street.
Yes, that’s how everyone eats at Ah Zong.
At first we were thinking of eating at this pot-sticker place right next to Ah Zong but that was closed after lunch hours. So we had to look around for places that are open all day.
Mom didn’t feel like stone pot rice at Ah Mao, so no lunch with dog for us. A convenient second option was the cafe above Ah Mao.
Little Place Little Kitchen
Looks potentially quiet for taking a breather from the streets, no?
The stairs leading up to the restaurant – Little Place Little Kitchen (好窝小厨) – was along a side alley. This place is newly opened in February 2014 it seems.
No dogs here but Mom studied the menu and was amenable to it. Phew!
So we headed up.
A look out the window. The place is bustling on street level but above that, the sign of empty rooms and urban decay are not uncommon.
It was a comfortable space to be in. The restaurant interior was pretty green and homey. We were the only customers since it was after the lunch hour, so I had plenty of freedom to take pictures, haha!
Salmon fried rice. Cream of Pumpkin Sauce with Chicken Pasta. Red Cherry Shrimp fried rice.
Iced tea from tea leaves cultivated at Sun Moon Lake.
Looking at food pics makes me hungry again… :P
Ximending Lunch Stop Details
Nearest MRT/subway – Ximending
Ah Mao’s Stone Pot Risotto 阿毛石鍋燉飯 [website]
Wucang St, Sec 2, 武昌街2段48之1號 Taipei, Taiwan [map]
+886 2 2388 8098
Related review, menu and pictures at shibasenji (en), bigfangblog (cn), qpjj (cn,) pearlzhou (cn)
After a leisurely meal, we were ready to hit the streets again. Here’s a quick shot of what the area looks like around the alley entrance to Little Place Little Kitchen.
More Taipei dog-spotting posts to come :P