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For the best in town, the Arful Dodger’s deserves a crown 

I am rating this awesome place because it is one of my favourites, but it is not necessary to state how good it is, because everybody already knows that this place is incredible. I just want to let more people know what they are missing if they haven’t tried it. Although it is very easy to find physically and online, since it has already been rated and talked about in many other web pages. But perhaps you just came to Tainan and just don’t know where to go for a great meal. Here, let me introduce to you the Artful Dodgers.

It is promoted like an English bar/restaurant, but the truth is they not only serve fish-and-chips but western style food. You know, a little bit of Latin American food (like quesadillas), a little bit of North American food (burgers), Mediterranean food (like Greek salad, one of my favourites), and of course, European (meat pies, exquisite English breakfast, and one of the best pasta in town).

Parmesan Chicken

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Quesadilla
Besides their spectacular regular menu, they also have specials, varying from roast beef, to curry and other special dishes.  The place is truly awesome. Personally I love to get brunch here, as the atmosphere makes feel more like in Europe than in Taiwan. And the service is also very good, the staff always receive you with a welcoming gesture, either in English or in Chinese

But my favourite time to go is Friday night, it is lady’s night and we girls get discount on drinks, plus an absolutely delicious truffle.

Their drinks menu is also a good reason to go, great variety of beer, cocktails and wine.  If you have wandered in the wine section of this blog, you will be able to find their red Cabernet Sauvignon and the newly added Pinot Grigio. 

No matter the time of the day, I just simply love to go there with my friends and share together a wonderful time.

Now, let me tell you a little anecdote… When I first discovered this place, I noticed that my male friends took unexpected long time in the bathroom, but, of course, it would not have been polite to ask. One day, one of my friends came out staring at a picture in his phone and then enthusiastically showed us. We felt a little awkward, but then it all became clear.  There is a Titanic poster with details about the ship, take a look:

If you are in Tainan and feel like a wonderful none-Asian meal, here is your place to go.

Variety: 5/5

Taste:5/5

Drinks: 4/5

Atmosphere: 4/5

Service: 4/5

The SunShower rating is 

4.8/5

And if you are wondering how to get there, here is the location:

It’s open every day except on Tuesdays.

 

They have recently made some udgrades, I am eager to go check it out!!! 

 


 

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Origin Denomination -les talles

I saw this wine a few weeks back, but it seamed too special and it called to be drank at a special time. And what other moment than to say good-bye to my good friend Grexxen. It has been amazing to share all this wines and adventures with you.

Going back to the wine, look at the delicate flowers on the label. It had to be some extraordinaty. Dark ruby and strong smell. As it flows in your mouth you start feeling the different layers spread and then right before the end, there is honey. honey? I never expected that, it is worth trying.

 

Fruitiness: 4.5/5

Sourness : 3.4/5

Tannin: 4.2/5

Style: medium

Body :6/10

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

Overall SunShower rating is:

3.9/5

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White Bordeaux – Moelleux 

And there I was thinking that Bordeaux was only a reference to Red Wine.

This post is special, because it two of my most wonderful French friends made the honorable selection. They did warned me that it would be really sweet, but I was confident as I have tried many moscatos. I though they were going to be similar. I was wrong!

They are totally different. The white Bordeaux was an incredible surprise, as it was so sweet that that there was basically no sourness to taste and yet different layers of fruits could be tasted.

I personally do not like wines that are too sweet, but this was an comfortable encounter.

Fruitiness: 3.8/5

Sourness: 2.0/5

Sweetness : 4.2/5

Style : Light

Body: 4/10

Found in: Carrefour

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is

3.6/5

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Bordeaux – Puisseguin Saint-Emilion

Bordeaux! What a blessing for the world of wine! And, this one was particularly outstanding, as it was carefully chosen by my favourite French friends. It was a lovely movie night!

This wine felt soft and shy but at the same time rather elegant. It felt refined, as its smell was pleasant and not aggressive at all. It was or dark ruby red and well layered.

Personally, I really enjoy how French people are into the Bordeaux wines, and the magical thing is that they never dissapoint me. I can’t wait to get another recomendarion from you guys!

Fruitiness: 4.0 /5

Sourness : 4.0 /5

Tannin: 3.0 /5

Style: Medium

Body :4 /10

Year: 2014

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

Overall SunShower rating is:

4.0 /5

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Want to check out another pleasant Bordeaux, try this one 

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Pinot Grigio – Santa Margherita

I previously posted about the red wine served at amazing Artful Dodgers. And now they have a new delightful Pinot Grigio.

The moment they showed me the bottle, I knew it was going to be good, as I have previously tested the magnificent Cuveé Pinot also Santa Margherita. I wasn’t wrong.

Soft in colour and smell, but matching perfectly that delicious Parmesan Chicken they have.  It is a highly layered wine, grapes, guavas and a touch of peaches at the end. Fruity at the beginning, sour in the middle and the end left a little bitterness. So, as I said,  it is very well layered.

Fruitiness : 3.8/5

Sourness : 3.8/5

Sweetness : 2.8/5

Style: light- medium

Body : 3/10

Found in: Artful Dodgers

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

3.9/5

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If you are interested in knowing what is Arful dodgers red wine, here it is

 

Malbec – Condor Peak

What to try something with attitude? Don’t hesitate to take a Malbec. This kinda of wine is strong, is rough, and it knows what it is aiming for, and that is please your buds.

Malbecs are South American, and honestly how could you refuse to a bottle that looks like this? I know I wasn’t disappointed. It delivered a perfect end and  fulfilled my expectation. Here are it’s caracteristics

Fruitiness : 4.2/5

Sourness: 3.3/5

Tannin: 4.1/5

Style: light-medium

Body 4/10

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

Overall SunShower ranking

4.3 / 5

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I am a big fan of South American wines, here, take a look at my own favourite one.

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Merlot – Sassoregale

It’s a dark shadowy night, no one in the street but the wind. You are alone at home, you try to sleep but something’s on your mind. You feel something approaching, the doors slides open. You want to open yours eyes but you can’t. You hear an animal, you think it’s an owl, it might an owl…….


Don’t worry, it was just a movie, mystery, suspense movie. And there was a perfect companion for it, this beguiling Merlot.

Let me start saying the label was certainly the detail that lured us to get it, just like the movie, it felt mysterious. Upon opening it, we found out that it was absolutely delicious, however a little too strong for a merlot. We tried chilling it, but we weren’t too careful and it became too chilled. It was tasteless! So we had to wait until it got warmer.

By this time, the movie was more than half way. But the wait was worthy, it turned in to a fine wine that I truly recommend but be prepared for a merlot with character.

Fruity: 4.3/5

Sourness: 3.7/5

Tannin: 3.8/5

Style: light-medium

Body: 5/10

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

Overall SunShower ranking

3.8 / 5

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Merlot-Long Country

Playful! That is the perfect word to describe this wine. And it is exactly how it makes you feel.

As a merlot, it is low in Tannin, which is a characteristic feature, but I would have expected it to be more layered. It is a two year old wine, and it was too flat, perhaps if it is aged for longer time.

Either way, it is a great choice to share with friends and spend a great time.

Fruitiness: 3.5/5

Sourness : 3.6/5

Tannin: 3.2/5

Style: Light-Medium

Body :4/10

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

Overall SunShower rating is:

3.9/5

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Moscato – Dilé

As promised when writing about Queen Adelaide, which is an excellent Moscato, I am now writing about a very different one.

White wines should be get better when chilled, as I had previously stated in my post “Why do white wines are better when chilled?”  Curiously this one got better when not too cold.  At the first sip, I would have not given it more than 2.6/5 but as we kept on drinking, it became more like 3.3/5. If you have read the wine ranks, you would know that this is a lot, since it changed from “don’t drink this” to “Ok, not so bad” status.

The problem with this Moscato is that it is too sweet! However, I am not saying it is absolutely bad, it was layered and it was possible to feel some Peaches and Guavas. Its color was absolutely beautiful, and just look at the bottle, it is really unique, and that was the reason we got it. If you are looking to make some wine pictures, it is a good choice.

Fruitiness: 3.9/5

Sourness: 2.1/5

Sweetness: 4.9/5

Style: Light

Body: 3/10

Found in: Carrefour

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

3.3/5

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If you like moscatos and want to try something nice, check out the Frontera or the Yellow tail!

Bordeaux Supérieur

This post is special is a special one. I needed special guests in order to do it.

This is wine is also not sold in Taiwan, just like CASTELMAURE, it was brought directly from France. And the thing is, French wines are a piece of art. There is nothing simple about them and when done properly, they are an adventure for one’s senses.  This beauty was not the exception.

Dark beautiful ruby and strong steady smell. High in tannin but well balance so that it agrees with your paladar. With many different layers so that you can feel the different grapes and fruits of the Bordeaux region. Lovely!

Fruitiness 3.3/5

Sourness : 3.8/5

Tannin 4.3/5

Style: Medium

Body  6.5/10

 

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: France

Overall SunShower ranking

4 / 5

The only reason I have to rate this awesomeness a little harsh, is because I know that France has higher standards. For Taiwan, I would rate it about 4.6/5, but according to GG, who kindly shared it with me and Grexxen, it is about a 4/5.

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