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COMPASS MAGAZINE > September 2009

Keshiki Japanese Restaurant


Keshiki Japanese Restaurant


Keshiki Japanese Restaurant

298, ChengGong W Rd, Wurih Hsiang
(township), Taichung County
(Freshfields Resort)
(04) 2382-9888
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 6-9 pm
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge. Free parking.

Truly one of the most exquisitely beautiful Japanese restaurants in Taichung today, this new establishment is situated just off of Freshfields Resort & Conference hotel's main lobby and is fully the brainchild of Resident General Manager Julian Chang, who spent six years as executive chef at the Taipei Grand Hyatt. In Japanese, Keshiki means "view", which is one of the best attributes here--panoramic evening views of Greater Taichung, from Changhua in the south to Sanyi, Miaoli up north--through ceiling-to-floor windows. When you're not looking outside, you'll be equally impressed by the amazing decor that surrounds you. Not surprisingly,the lunch/dinner menu is equally high-end, with an a la carte and set-menu selection of Kaiseki cuisine, plus a small sushi bar. Three seven-course sets are available for NT$680 (lunch only), NT$1,280 and NT$1,360, and there are a variety of other sets. The 80-90 seat restaurant includes very swanky eight-person and 10-person private rooms (NT$20,000 minimum charge), plus a walk-in wine cellar. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Naomi Lai

A. Assorted Nigiri Sushi (NT$560/720) is a tasty example of Keshiki's cuisine which, according to Chang, mixes traditional and creative touches in a variety of ways, such as Nigiri made with fresh goose liver.

B. At night, romantic candle-lit tables blend with the exqusite modern Japanese decor, dominated by red and black, offset by lighter wood. Even the smaller decorative touches and utensils have been custom-made to Chang's specifications, such as the shell napkin holders, beautiful chairs, and a very Japanese-style fountain outside the entrance, which opens the doors when you pour a bamboo scoop of water.

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