Check-in Taipei

Hong Kong-City-Center

3.9 / 5

May 11, 2018

At first glance, Check-in Taipei doesn’t feel like anything special – if anything, it seems a little out of place in its Soho environs.

At first glance, Check-in Taipei doesn’t feel like anything special – if anything, it seems a little out of place in its Soho environs. Boasting a fairly local clientele, which in itself sets it apart from its more cosmopolitan neighbours in this part of town, it has a bit of a stark, utilitarian feel to it – the brightly-lit atmosphere and distinct lack ofsoft furnishings make it seem a little more cafeteria, a little less cutting-edge bar. But what it does, it does well. With Taiwanese favorites on the menu, from sweets to street food, Check-in Taipei is a great representation of Taiwanese culinary culture, and a glance at the cocktail menu reveals some interesting takes on some of the country’s most famous exports.

A carefully-curated list of Taiwan-themed drinks, including the “Drunken bubble tea” (Earl Gray-infused vodka, Baileys, tapioca and burnt cinnamon), which may be a little sweet for some palates but is a remarkably good take on the famous tapioca tea, and Taiwan/Japanese-inspired “Mochi Yaki” (Sailor Jerry rum, Hakka lei-cha, oolong tea, Frangelico and honey-glazed mocha) certainly don’t take their cues from the more traditional schools of bar tending. But as a novelty, or somewhere to go to try something a little out of left field, it hits all the right notes.

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