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COMPASS MAGAZINE > November 2015

FIFI GARDEN: For the love of Italian gourmet cooking

By Alice Chang
Translated by S. Ying

WenXin branch: 179, DaDun 18th St, Xitun Dist; (04) 2310-1886
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
GongYi branch: 414, DaYing St, Nantun Dist (04) 2310-1233
Cash only.
10% service charge.
11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-10 pm
meals served all day on holidays
English menu.

Diners visiting for the first time may be surprised to find that there's no actual garden here, although it is filled light floral fragrances, arising from a sea of flowers used by the owner to decorate the entire restaurant and nourish his customers' spirits.

Owner Mr. Chen used to be a mechanic and was on the verge of inheriting the family factory business when he met his wife. They both fell in love with pasta and grew fond of gourmet cooking, which in turn led to their opening of FiFi Garden nine years ago.

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Right: Milan Risotto with Cream Rosted Chicken Leg

Menu options include salads, pasta and risotto entrees, croissants, pizza, and vegetarian options. A chef's recommended dish, Pan-Fried Sirloin Beef, includes an eight-ounce steak plus a seasonal fruit vinaigrette salad that can serve 2-3 people with its generous portion size.

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Left: Pan-fried Sirloin Beef
Medium: Spaghetti with Italian Sirloin Beef
Right: Marguerite Pizza

The Italian Risotto with Clams in Pesto Sauce (NT$350) is different from most pesto dishes in other restaurants as it's stronger and spicier, thanks to the basil used in this pesto sauce. The Milan Risotto with Cream Roasted Chicken Leg (NT$360) uses a chicken leg that has been marinated with natural spices and roasted until it is both crispy and juicy, making it one of the most popular entrees here. Considered a must-order by many diners, Marguerite Pizza (NT$280) is a 12-inch pizza topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil, while Spaghetti with Italian Sirloin Beef (NT$490) features eight ounces of beef prepared with a special brandy.

For an extra NT$109, entrees can be upgraded to set meals that include Cream Soup, Bread with Pesto Sauce, and a drink (coffee, tea or juice; add extra cost for beverages over NT$90 from menu). An extra NT$199 includes all this plus appetizer and dessert.

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