It doesn’t look like much from outside, but No. 77 Cafe (77號小餐館) is a quaint restaurant for anyone looking for a quiet space to enjoy a cup of coffee, Belgian beer, or a burger and risotto. Relax and converse with your dinner companions in the industrial upstairs dining room with mismatched chairs and light fixtures as classic jazz plays in background.
Located just down the street from the entrance to the Taipei Botanical Garden on Heping Rd., No. 77 Cafe offers a limited menu of non-Taiwanese food. The bilingual menu mostly offers a selection of burgers, risotto, and pasta, but it also has some meal-sized salads that are colorful and appetizing, as well as ribs, and small side dishes to share. Most of the meals will set you back NT$280-350, though the chef’s specials are in the NT$550-650 range.
There is seating upstairs for 24 people, and there are two tables outside for anyone who wants to watch the traffic while enjoying a cup of coffee or beer.
The Mexican burger is a tasty treat for NT$300. This savory and slightly sweet burger comes with bacon, jalapeno slices, salsa, and cheese. It is a big messy eat as the juicy burger soaks through the bottom bun. For anyone looking for an added kick to the burger, you can help yourself to a bottle of Tabasco on the condiment shelf.
The fries that come with the burger are perfectly crispy, and the condiment shelf has mustard, ketchup, and pepper for anyone desires a little extra with it.
All meals include a drink of the coffee, tea, or Coke variety.
For customers looking for a coffee fix, a cup is only NT$50. All the Belgian beers in the fridge are NT$180.
Address: No. 77, Section 2, Heping W. Rd. (map) – Closest MRT station is Xiaonanmen (Line 3, Green), Longshan Temple MRT (Line 5, Blue) isn’t much farther.
Open: Weekdays 17:00-22:00, Weekends 16:00-23:00