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COMPASS MAGAZINE > September 2014

British dining delight at Soft Metal

By Niang Chen
Translated by Angela Cheng

50, Lane 79, XiangShang Rd, Sec 1, West Dist.
(04) 2302-3292
Hours: 8 am-9:30 pm (closed Tue.)
English menu.
Credit cards accepted.
No service charge.

Sitting with a golden British Fuller's honey-flavored beer in hand, listening to owner/manager. Adam's soft British accent and surrounded by British-style decor, lighting and furniture, with a greenway visible through the French windows, any customer at Soft Metal might be forgiven for thinking they are enjoying the modern elegance of London.

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Left: NT$180 Vegetable Delight Salad (add NT$100 for salmon), NT$170 Tropical Fruit Ice Tea, NT$165 Salty Creme Brulee Cappuccino
Right: The Vegetable Stew (NT$328) is a vegetarian dish with plenty of mushrooms, eggplant, red/yellow peppers and other seasonal vegetables. Various cheeses are added after it is cooked in a tomato-based sauce, providing a wonderful, hearty option for vegetarian diners.

When it first opened last September, this restaurant/cafe/tea room only served classic English breakfasts and afternoon tea, but now it also offers dinner. Adam and his Taiwanese wife personally cook the British-style fare here, incorporating the warm, authentic flavors from Adam's home country. Entree prices range from NT$328 to NT$458 and come with salad, drinks, coffee, ice cream or today's dessert.

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Right: Beef Stew Served with Yorkshire Pudding (NT$458) features Yorkshire pudding--a puff or croissant-like batter pudding that is crispy on the outside and chewy and soft inside--served by the British with meat. At Soft Metal, you can dip it into a smooth accompanying red-wine beef stew.

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Left: Shepherds Pie (NT$328) is traditional Irish dish featuring a mix of mutton, cinnamon, cumin and other spices covered with a thick layer of mashed potatoes and baked without any added cheese or pastry to reduce the calories. The soft, hot, savory mashed potatoes with the flavorful lamb provides an impressive flavor.
Right: Crispy Chicken Served with Mushrooms (NT$368) has juicy, tender chicken with crispy golden, roasted skin, served with mushrooms, peas, and rice, all cooked with light butter that makes it savory but not oily.

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