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STAY simple table by alléno yannick- TAIPEI

March 25, 2012

STAY by Yannick Alléno is the second Michelin star restaurant to open in Taipei after L’atelier by Joel Robouchon. An establishment originally from Dubai, STAY offers contemporary French cuisine with no frills. The restaurant is designed to look like a suspended boat and features two major concepts- the Communal Bar and a Pastry Library.

Beautiful fresh white flowers and simple table setting.

Set menu prices range from 2800-5600 without wine pairing. I chose the 2800 menu while everyone else ordered à la carte

Selection of canapé
Everyone received a selection of canapés to start. The egg was the most well-received.

The bread was served warm and the butter was good. I didn’t like the baguette on top because it was too hard.

Buffalo Buratta- rocket, pesto, tomato confit (580)
My favorite dish of the night. Although it reminds me of boiled egg whites, the buratta had all the right textures being soft and mildly creamy. I love buratta because it tastes the lightest compared to the rest of the cheese family. I also enjoyed the flavorful pesto sauce on the bottom.

Duck Foie Gras- passion fruit, coffee jelly, toasted brioche (880)
Delicious refined foie gras on wonderful toasted brioche. Impressed.

Pan-fried Hokaiddo Sea Scallops- Italian parsley velouté, bitter herbs salads and chorizo (850)

Chestnuts Cream- foie gras, raw and cooked chestnuts (550)
Love the combination of chestnuts and foie gras! The foie gras and chestnut chunks were well-prepared and tastes devine with the soup.

Pumpkin “Velouté“- roasted hazelnuts, whipped Dijon mustard cream (420)
Really tasty pumpkin soup without being rich and heavy. The soup texture was fine and delicate-tasting.

Lobster “Fricassée”- fresh tarragon and mushrooms (2280)
Delicious sauce.

Eggs “Cocotte”- seasonal mushrooms and garlic bread (420)
Everyone loved this. I thought it was good but not exceptional. Don’t bother eating the garlic bread it was meh.

Grilled Salmon- baby leek and bell pepper virgin sauce (980)
A light and refreshing dish.

Chicken (for two people) (1800)
High-quality chicken that you won’t find in the supermarkets because they’re raised differently. The chicken meat has a unique chewy texture that most of us enjoyed. For those who like extremely soft and tender chicken meat this probably isn’t for you.

Creamed Spinach and Mushrooms
Yummy veggies accompanied with the chicken.

Mignardise- strawberry tart, chocolate opera cake
Complimentary bite-sized desserts.

Brownie- vanilla ice cream and chocolate mousse
Not sure if I liked the texture of the brownie but it was rich, the ice-cream was good, and the vanilla sauce was nice. I wasn’t able to finish the chocolate mousse because its way too rich and sweet for my liking, but I also know many who would devour it in no time.

Pastry Library Desserts
To add the cherry on top our server brought over a chocolate and marshmallow display for us to take from. Customers are also allowed to help themselves with the Pastry Library with treats like mini muffins, cakes, and cookies. This made me really excited hehe.

My overall dining experience at STAY was solid. Highly reliable in serving top quality French food with excellent execution. Service was friendly but can do with a little tweaking here and there. Nonetheless, come mentally prepared to burn a hole through your wallet. We thought that the damage was a little steep for what it’s worth and the whole experience didn’t exactly scream 3 Michelin stars.

STAY Simple Table by Alléno Yannick
4th floor, No.7, Sec.5, Xin Yi Rd. Taipei, Taiwan

One Comment leave one →
  1. disinto permalink
    January 12, 2014 8:54 am

    Just for info, a real baguette is actually supposed to be hard 🙂 It’d be unacceptable to have a soft bread or worse, loaf in such kind of restaurant.

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