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Thursday, December 5, 2013

La Vie Douce – A Restaurant Review

Jennifer Li & Maggie Lin

Both of us are seniors at Feng Chia University, and we always like to try new things. Therefore, we like to go to different restaurants in the Feng Chia area. Lately, we have found a new restaurant, La Vie Douce, near school. We quickly made a reservation and spent a Sunday afternoon having good time there.
All photos by the authors

From the outside, La Vie Douce looks like an exotic grocery store. Through the French windows, you can see the shadows of people moving around inside the romantically lit restaurant. When you walk in, you will see the waitress standing at a counter near a display case filled with beautiful desserts. 

 Beside the dessert case is a self-service area for lemon water and tissues. To the right of the front door, you will see a suite of classic French furniture in the corner.  In the other corners of the restaurant, there are wooden chairs and tables that can be used when there are many customers.

La Vie Douce sells classic French foods such as crepes (sweet or salty), quiches, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. They also have a number of beverages, including milk tea, coffee, and tea. At Vie Douce, they offer three kinds of sandwiches, chicken, duck and ham. Moreover, their sandwich sets (NT$250) also include mashed potatoes, a salad, and a beverage (coffee or tea).

The specialty of the house at La Vie Douce is “Crogue Madame” – French toast with ham and a sunny side up egg. If you do not like eggs, you can order “Crogue Monsieur,” which is the same dish without the egg. If you want to upgrade your set meal, you can add NT$58 and receive a beverage (coffee or tea). You won’t see any dessert on the menu because they are different every day. If you want to order a dessert, you need to go to the display case to choose it yourself.

On the day we went, we both ordered the specialty, Crogue Madame. When our meals arrived at the table, we were surprise to see that at La Vie Douce, they serve their food on wooden planks instead of plates, which made our meal more attractive.  We tried our Crogue Madame first. The bread was hand-made, soft and tender; the ham and egg were perfect. Then we tried our salads. The special thing about the La Vie Douce salads is that their vegetables are organic and sent from the farm every day. Our salads were fresh and crisp, and were topped with an oil and vinegar salad dressing. The mashed potatoes that came with our set meal were dense and moist. After we finished our meals, we moved on to our sweet crepes. Both of our crepes were decorated with organic rose petals and a scoop of ice cream. Actually, we could tell they would be delicious just by seeing how beautiful they were! I ordered the apple caramel crepe, and Maggie ordered the banana chocolate crepe because she doesn’t like cinnamon. After our meals, the waitress served us wonderful blueberry tea. It smelled terrific and was very relaxing.

The waitresses in La Vie Douce are very friendly. When you walk into La Vie Douce, you can hear their warm “Welcome!” and see big smiles on their faces. During our meal, they clearly introduced every dish they served us. AT La Vie Douce, they really made us feel at home!

We both had a great time at La Vie Douce. The meals were really attractive and delicious. If you live in the Feng Chia area, you must come here and try it; we especially recommend the “Crogue Madame.” In summary, La Vie Douce is a good place to have brunch or afternoon tea and to chat with friends. Girls will especially like the romantic atmosphere. Don’t forget to make a reservation before visiting La Vie Douce because the seats there are limited. We heartily recommend you give it a try!

La Vie Douce

13 Fuxing North Road, Xitun District, Taichung

Hours: 8:30-22:00 daily (closed on Tuesdays)

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