Monday, January 13, 2014

Bakery 49

There's nothing like the comforts of home. So as a friend and I roam around the global mall for a quick bite, my periphery sees a sign that says CLAM CHOWDER. We stop and walk over to Bakery 49. Bakery 49 turns out to be a quaint restaurant specializing in northern and southern California cuisine. It was started by a group of friends that have relocated from San Francisco. Walking in, the atmosphere reminds me of Napa valley. A row of wine fridges line the back framed by a brown and white stone hearth. Because the restaurant is located in what global mall calls the outdoor seating restaurants, it has both indoor and outdoor seating as well. However the indoor seating is the one with the view. Continuing to the food. I only tried the clam chowder. It's reasonable priced at $150NT, +$30NT for the sourdough bread bowl. The clam chowder was nice. I tasted house made and creamy with bits of bacon on top. I forget which disappointing restaurant I went to before that had clam chowder, but I was pretty sure it was straight from a Campbell's can. Bakery 49's clam chowder is so far the best clam chowder i've had to resembles what you get at Fisherman's Warf. I do wish it was a bit creamier and more chunky. It did have a few good sized calms in there, but no potatoes were added. I would have paid a little more for a larger size too. I guess they do still have to localize it. It's definitely a smaller size compared to a real SF bread bowl. Some of the other things I noticed on the menu: chicken and waffles, kobe burger, pastrami reuben sandwich, shepard's pie, fried calamari and Cioppino. They also have a pretty nice assortment of California wine from the likes of Duckhorn and Stag's Leap. Looking on their website, they have two other locations in Dunhua and Mistukoshi A8 near the 101. Their other two locations seem to be larger too. One with a full sized bakery and wine bar. Check them out at I will be returning to my SF away from SF.

DunHua location

Mitsukoshi A8 location

Banqiao Global Mall location


  1. Hi Brian

    know that you studied Mandarin at Shida sometime ago..was wondering if you heard anything about Taipei Language Institute and their classes? Nothing much on the forums. You must be a foodie! And enjoy your write ups about your eating adventures and places of interest in Taiwan. Thanks

  2. Taipei Language Institute (TLI) is excellent and pretty flexible. They have pre-packaged programs but also have private one-on-one class catered to your schedule. If you already have a basic understanding of Chinese and are looking for a little booster course, they also offer that too. They have two locations, one near Shilin and one near Taipower. For more information, go to

  3. Thank you Brain! Do you use Facebook? Do you mind I look you up so I can see more details on your adventures in Taiwan?

    Also, another reason is because studying abroad seems scary..... although I really really want to do it due to YOLO. So by looking more into your adventures it might be able to alleviate my fear (I am such a chicken I know).

    If I go to Taipei some day I would like to meet up with u and buy you a light lunch if u don't strongly oppose due to your generosity on sharing all those experience in your blog.

    -Emily Wu

  4. your welcome to find me on FB. I hope you find the courage to come to TW as it's really a great place for foreigners.

  5. Hey Brian,

    I think I sent you a friend request. Are you the Brian Huang who currently working at BigByte Learning Institue?

    Thank you!

    Emily Wu