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COMPASS MAGAZINE > November 2013

J-Ping cafe fuses Italian delicacies with elegant style

By Niang Chen
Translated by Angel Pu

213, WenXin Rd, Sec 2, 2F, Xitun Dist.
(04) 2258-5655
Hours: 11:30 am-3 pm, 6:30-10:30 pm (Closed Mondays)
English menu available.
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Parking lot available.

One of the city's better-known restaurants, J-Ping is owned by Wang Jia-ping, who combines his Italian culinary skills with local Taiwanese ingredients to offer true Italian cuisine to his customers. The food is authentic enough that even Italians themselves are able to savor the familiar flavors of home right here in Taichung.

"It's all about the cooking after all" is the motto of Chef Wang, who's very passionate about Italian cooking. This comes through in every dish served, which results from the kitchen staff consideration of how to best combine creativity with traditional flavors.

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Left: The juicy, delicious Two-Ways of Lamb Chop, Roasted Rack and Roasted Marinated (dinner entree) use top-quality ingredients such as tender lamb and cashew nut and sea salt.
Medium: The Home-Made Delicatessen Plate-Prosciutto of Duck and Pork, Raw and Cooked is beautifully presented.
Right: Local Seafood Prepared the Italian Way (dinner entree) contains basil and mozzarella cheese that enhance the fish's savory flavors.

The savory Minced Mackerel Balls have simple, but delicate, taste while the Shrimps Risotto is made with various kinds of shrimp to provide a tasty mix of different flavors. Enjoying food at J-Ping is like taking a tour to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sicily to enjoy authentic local delicacies.

Lunch (NT$980-1,380) and dinner (NT$1,480-1,680) both include an appetizer, soup, entree, dessert and drink, with the dinner having an added tea snack at the end.

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Left: Sicily Cheese Roll and Fruits Cold Soup
Medium: The Beef Tongue and Tender Salad appetizer has a variety of flavors, thanks to the inclusion of herbs white wine vinegar pesto sauce, smoked pepper red sauce, and Ricotta cheese sauce. The top-grade olive oil drizzled over it also exudes a unique aroma.
Right: Assorted breads, including Ciabatta, Focaccia and Grissini (breadsticks), are all made with Italian durum flour.

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