It’s been a while since I discovered a coffee shop that really caught my eyes. Tzubi did that for me today.
Tzubi is a simple but cozy shop with a very strong sense of design aesthetics. Even though I usually get attracted to shops that take design and typography seriously, what really attracted me this time was its name. “Tzubi” is the phonetic spelling of “fun” or “interesting” in Taiwanese. Even though my Taiwanese skills are practically non-existent, I associate “Tzubi” with a sense of nostalgia for my childhood years in Taipei.
Tzubi是家設計風格十足卻同時非常簡單和溫暖的咖啡廳。雖然我一向都比較容易被重視整體設計, 色調, 字型學, 等等的店家吸引, 但是對我來說, 這次真正把我吸引到這裡的就是它的名字。”Tzubi” 也就是「趣味」台語的諧音。是說我的台語爛到一個不行, 但是畢竟媽媽是高雄人, 小時候還在台灣的時候常常聽到Tzubi這兩個字—看到Tzubi時我為了童年的緣故, 不管怎麼樣就是要進去。
“Life begins after coffee.” Ironically, Tzubi doesn’t open until 12. I never understood why most coffee shops in Taipei do not open until noon. I guess it’s a sign that I should continue to stay up ’til 2 every morning and wake up at noon the next day to go to a coffee shop to continue writing my papers.
“一天的行程始於一杯濃郁的咖啡”。幽默的是, Tzubi中午12點才開…雖然我永遠都不會懂為什麼要到下午才開門, 不過台灣的咖啡廳好像大多都是這樣。算了, 這大概就是告訴我每天熬夜到兩點然後隔天十二點才起床去咖啡廳寫各種論文是一件很正常的事情吧。
When I got there, I was the only customer. It was also 12 o’clock, but it really did feel like life was just about to start. As I was turning my computer on, I heard one of staffs complain to another staff about how his photo is not showcasing the new fried chicken they were hoping to add to the menu. In response, the other staff asked for suggestions about the new wine pairing menu. Their interactions made the space more intimate, and revealed their ownership and commitment over this shop.
我抵達咖啡廳時裡面就只有我一個客人。雖然已經12點了, 但感覺這一天真的才剛開始。我在準備開電腦開始工作時聽到其中一個barista拿著手中的DSLR, 不耐煩的對另外一個人說: 「齁! 怎麼拍都好醜…到底應該把重點放在雞塊還是啤酒誰上啊?!」另外一個坐在桌子上的女生頭也不抬, 繼續敲打著鍵盤的說, 「你覺得我們新的酒單是不是應該要有點什麼套餐之類的啊?」兩個人之間的對話不僅讓這個空間感到更加親密, 更是顯示出他們對於Tzubi的執著和認真。
Even though it was already 12 when I got here, I was barely awake, let alone my tummy. I wasn’t planning on ordering any food initially, but when I saw the Creamy Salted Egg with Shrimp Pasta on the menu, I completely lost it. I committed to it before my tummy was even awake! Will you look at how delicious and beautiful this pasta looks! It definitely didn’t disappoint. (My friend’s Thai basil pork pasta was amazing too!)
其實根本還沒睡醒的我, 本來不是很餓, 但是看到menu上的奶油鹹蛋鮮蝦扁麵後抵抗力完全消失, 還沒反應過來之前就已經點了一盤XD 麵還沒端上桌, 我光聞到味道就不行了😍 這個面真的太犯規了! 不只重看還重用! (我朋友點的泰式打拋豬麵也是好吃到不行!)
Here’s the best surprise of the day: LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL LATTE ART! The crema is beautiful, lines are defined but smooth, and just pleasing to the eye all around. The last time I saw such amazing latte art was at Macallum Connoisseurs Coffee Company in Penang. Just when I was wondering who this barista was, I realized he’s one of the founding members of Milkglider Latterartist Unity and came third at the Coffee Fest Latteart World in 2015. The latte in front of me was literally a product of years of practicing and passion.
Tzubi讓人最驚訝的就是咖啡師拉花的專業度! Crema 的厚度, 牛奶與濃縮的完美結合, 可以說是讓我看的目不轉睛…盯著他看了兩分鐘都捨不得喝。我上一次看到這麼美的拉花已經是在檳城的 Macallum Connoisseurs Coffee Company 的事情了。隨手上網查一查才發現老闆林奐的來頭不小 — 他不只是Milkglider Latteartist Unity 的創辦人之一, 更是在2015年獲得了Coffee Fest Latteart World第三名! 我眼前的這杯咖啡真的來頭不小。
It tasted just as amazing as it looks. The milk and espresso blended well and the temperature of the milk was perfect as well. If latte is your thing, you definitely don’t want to miss out on Tzubi.
Tzubi的拿鐵入口很順, 牛奶的溫度拿捏的非常剛好。如果你是個拿鐵愛好者, 那真的不能錯過這家店啊!
And if you’re like me, and you like to sit at coffee shops for 6-8 hours at a time, fret not. In addition to a bunch of fusion savory dishes, they also serve daily special chiffons and signature matcha pound cake in the shape of mount Fuji, inspired by the owner’s love for Japan. For a coffee lover & foodie, Tzubi really is the most perfect coffee shop that’s ever existed.
另外, 如果你跟我一樣, 在咖啡廳一坐就是個6小8小, 那你不用擔心會餓肚子。麵吃完了還有飯可以吃, 飯吃完了還有每天都不一樣的戚風蛋糕跟店的招牌富士山抹茶磅蛋糕可以吃喔! 這對愛咖啡的吃貨來說真的是一家再完美不過的咖啡廳了😍
I’ll let you discover and fall in love to Tzubi! Let me know how you like it & give this post a ❤️ if you ❤️ Tzubi as much as I do!
趕快去Tzubi體驗一下吧! 如果你跟我一樣❤️ Tzubi的話, 那就給我的部落格一個 ❤️吧!
Cafe & Eatery Information:
Monday to Sunday: 12:00 – 21:00
星期一至日: 12:00 – 21:00
Phone/電話: 02 2775 1190
Nearest MRT: MRT Zhongxiao Dunhua (Blue Line)
最近的捷運站: 忠孝敦化 (板南線)
Address: No. 24, Lane 21, Section 1, Anhe Road, Da’an District, Taipei City