asty café in Chiayi


As we approached the establishment, I looked at the sign and assumed a letter had fallen off. A ‘t’ maybe? Or, less appealing, an ‘n?’ I didn’t think about it too much until I got inside and we sat down. The menus clearly said ‘Asty Café.’ Weird.


Our friend had taken us here for lunch after a morning out, and we were hot, sweaty, and starving. Prices were steep for Taiwan (300 NT ~ $10US), but meals came with salad, soup, entrée and dessert. A nice spread that probably would run twice that in the States.


They weren’t all that assertive, actually.


I love trying to read menus. Their English can be downright hilarious. Notice; “The burns the fish,” “Seard satine wired miso sauce,” and “Mash potato.” It’s usually easy to figure out what they’re trying to tell you, but not always. I once went to a restaurant that served “Righteousness coffee.” Wut??

The food ranged from hot pot to spaghetti to rice mixes. Sort of Taiwanized Italian. Itaiwanlian? Tailian? Whatever, it was good.


Above you see a fruit and veggie mix salad with sweet dressing, cream vegetable soup, steak and pesto spaghetti, bacon and vegetable spaghetti, chrysanthemum tea with blueberry cream pudding and tangerine soda. Delicious stuff, man.

I’d give the food a 7.5 out of 10, the service 7 out of 10, and atmosphere 8 of 10. A nice little café for a day out, but not overly fancy.


Asty Café

No. 372, Zhōngxiào Rd, Dong District  Chiayi City, Taiwan 600
+886 5 277 1856


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