A Bite of Fine Dining in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung, the third biggest city of Taiwan, is not only famous for its port, night markets, food, prettiest metro stations and enormous public artwork, but also the emerging scene of fine dining.

During our bike ride in Kaohsiung in late March, we had a chance to be the guests of our closed friends, at one of the great restaurants, the LA ONE Kitchen & Bakery.

Kaohsiung, the third biggest city of Taiwan, is not only famous for its port, night markets, food, prettiest metro stations and enormous public artwork, but also the emerging scene of fine dining.

During our bike ride in Kaohsiung in late March, we had a chance to be the guests of our closed friends, at one of the great restaurants, the LA ONE Kitchen & Bakery.

 

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Thomas Chien

Thomas ChienOwned by one of the most influential chefs, Mr. Thomas Chien (簡天才), LA ONE Kitchen & Bakery is his third restaurants opened in early 2015.

Brought up in the Pingtung county of southern Taiwan, Thomas Chien is the former Executive Chef & Director of Pasadena, one of the best French restaurants in Kaohsiung.

Just like other Chefs who would like to have their own restaurants, Chien left Pasadena and started his own restaurant in 2012 to pursue his passion in cooking. Sharing his own philosophy and style towards food and cooking.

Within three years, Chef Chien has three restaurants, namely,

 

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LA ONE Kitchen & Bakery

The LA ONE Kitchen and Bakery is located in the Sanmin District of Kaohsiung. A two-storey building closed to the Heart of Love River.

LA ONE Kitchen & Bakery

LA ONE Kitchen & Bakery

 

LA ONE Viewpoint

Taken from their official website, LA ONE Kitchen & Bakery believed that good food is a collaboration of earth, ingredients and people. It is the quality of the ingredients that give rise to good food/dish, chef is just the servant who is responsible for bringing out the original flavors of the ingredients and to present them in their best form.

To explore the best in Taiwan, LA ONE Kitchen & Bakery utilises organic produces in the following three perspectives:

  • 50% directly from Kaohsiung
  • 35% from Taiwan
  • 15% from the rest of the world

 

Our Memorable Food Journey at LA ONE Kitchen

Since we were leaving Kaohsiung in the evening, we came to the restaurant only for breakfast.

Right at the main entrance is the menu of the restaurant.

Menu of the LA ONE Kitchen

Menu of the LA ONE Kitchen

 

The bakery is located on the ground floor. We will take a look in later part of the post.

LA ONE Bakery on ground floor

LA ONE Bakery on ground floor

 

Let’s proceed to the LA ONE Kitchen on the first floor.

Huge painting of vegtables at the staircase to the restaurant

Huge painting of vegetables at the staircase to the restaurant

Since we had made a reservation the day before, we had a big table for six on the window side surrounded with a wonderful view of the Love River.

Unlike other Chef Chien’s restaurants that are located in business area, the LA ONE Kitchen is decorated in a more relaxed and cosy environment. Great for family or friends gathering.

Window side of the LA ONE Kitchen

Window side of the LA ONE Kitchen

View of Bo'ai First Road and Love River on the right

View of Bo’ai First Road (博愛一路) and Love River on the right

The other side of the LA ONE Kitchen

The other side of the LA ONE Kitchen

 

Menu will be regularly updated. The latest menu is also available on their website.

The Food Menu

The Food Menu

Food Map of the LA ONE Kitchen

Food Map of the LA ONE Kitchen

Breakfast Menu of LA ONE Kitchen

Breakfast Menu of LA ONE Kitchen

 

So what had we ordered?

Scrambled Eggs with Bagel, Bacon, Mushroom, Potato and Salad for my wife.

Scrambled Eggs with Bagel, Bacon, Mushroom, Potato and Salad

Scrambled Eggs with Bagel, Bacon, Mushroom, Potato and Salad

 

French Toast with fruits and yogurt for my boy.

French Toast with Fruits and Yogurt

French Toast with Fruits and Yogurt

 

Croissant with Tomato, Mozzarella, Ham and Scrambled Eggs for me.

Croissant with Tomato, Mozzarella, Ham, Scrambled Eggs, Potatos and Salad

Croissant with Tomato, Mozzarella, Ham, Scrambled Eggs, Potatoes and Salad

Definitely with a cup of coffee to start my day.

 

Braised Beef Cheeks with Egg, Vegetables and Bread for our dearest gentleman.

Terribly attractive 😍 but possibly too heavy for me. 😂

Braised Beef Cheeks with Egg, Vegetables and Bread

Braised Beef Cheeks with Egg, Vegetables and Bread

Breads served in the breakfast are coming from the LA ONE Bakery.

Rye bread with raisins and served with strawberry jam

Rye bread with raisins and served with strawberry jam

 

Finally, the number one breakfast dish of LA ONE Kitchen, the Sunny Eggs with Potato, Mushroom, Bacon, Sausage, Salad and Bread, for our sweetest host, Caroline.

Sunny Eggs with Potato, Mushroom, Bacon, Sausage, Salad and Bread

Sunny Eggs with Potato, Mushroom, Bacon, Sausage, Salad and Bread

 

The breakfasts are really good. Ingredients are fresh and cooked to their best presentation. 👍👍👍👍👍

Despite the average spending here is slightly on the high side, it definitely worth a visit.

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LA ONE Bakery

Before leaving for our next destination, we had a short visit to the LA ONE Bakery.

 

As told by Chef Chien in one of his early press interviews, all the breads are supplied by his best friend, World Bread Champion, Wu Pao Chun’s bread shop. Not sure if the breads are made in LA ONE nowadays.

Kids having fun in the LA ONE Bakery

Kids having fun in the LA ONE Bakery

In addition to bread, high quality handmade fruit-jam, Pâté, pasta, salad as well as various kinds of seasonings are also available here.

The LA ONE Bakery

The LA ONE Bakery

Croissant

Croissant

French Baguette

French Baguette

Variety of European Breads

Variety of European Breads

Other sweet breads

Other sweet breads

I loved all those European breads. 😍😍😍

Unfortunately, I was too full and had to leave Kaohsiung in the evening. Otherwise, I would definitely buy some of them.

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Despite this is a short dining trip, I really enjoyed the foods, the environment and the cooking philosophy of Chef Chien. If times allowed, I will definitely come to Kaohsiung again to try his other two restaurants.

 

Last but not least, big thanks to our dearest friend Caroline and her family for the wonderful food and the caring during our trip.

 

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