Samovar

12 Apr

cat at the bar Samovar

Address: 臺北市大安區新生南路三段76巷5-1號 (Near Gongguan MRT)

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 13:00-22:00, Friday-Saturday 13:00-23:00

Minimum per person purchase: cheapest menu item about NT$150

Although it is featured in the book, Samovar is less of a “cat cafe” than some of the others and more of a specialty tea room, with about 100 different kinds of tea. They have two gorgeous long-haired cats, though one of them was at home sick today.

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This cafe doesn’t have the slightest whiff of cat; it smells like a combination of fragrant teas. The decorations here are not cat-related. They are various paintings, samovars and specially designed tea canisters. They have comfortable seating for individuals or larger groups. In one corner, there is a shelf full of books and magazines, both English and Chinese, mostly on art, architecture and design. Soft jazz music is playing in the background.

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The list of teas covers four pages of the menu. They have white, black and green teas, teas from different countries, teas from around Taiwan, and teas with fruit and flower flavors added. I had an afternoon tea set (NT$199, including a pot of any kind of tea and any kind of cake), with chocolate fudge cake and a green tea with almond and some kind of flower.  They let me smell the tea leaves first when I ordered it to see how I liked it. It smelled delicious and it was.

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I would definitely like to come back here to try more tea and to see the other cat when he gets better.

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