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TAIPEI DINING FEATURE
TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, November 2002

En Vogue New Chinese Cuisine

311, Fu-Hsin North Road
停業 Closed

by Hon-Lin Lin / translated by Tiger Yang

       It has been four years since En Vogue New Chinese Cuisine opened up on Fu-Hsin North Road, a section famous for its restaurants. Though I have passed by many times, I've never mustered the nerve to walk in thinking the cost was way over my head. After an Australian friend suggested otherwise, I finally made a visit.
       The interiors are fashionable, yet subdued - over stuffed comfortable cushions, crisp linen tablecloths, fresh Chinese bellflowers here and there, Lisa Uno's Bosa Nova beat in the background and model-like waitresses dressed in black and white - and they are divided into three separate areas by lamps modeled after Mondrian. The clatter of dishes and raucous din, so characteristic of Chinese restaurants, is pleasantly absent. From within, the parade of pedestrians passing by makes a moving feast for the eye as you dine in style.

The service is just as refined as the atmosphere, another feature that's all too often neglected in local establishments, so you already feel contented before the meal even arrives. "En Vogue" elevates Chinese cuisine, from taste to presentation, to a new level of elegance. A surprising balance between East and West of color, aroma, taste and textures pervades each dish; the visual effect is stunning, leaving you totally satisfied. The dishes are primarily from Shanghai and Sichuan, but with many options to choose from - and, the menu is changed every six to nine months.

       The Chef recommends: Long Island Designer Scallops & Beef (NT$350); Wuhsr Pork Rib (NT$350) which melts in your mouth; Golden Seafood Roll (NT$240); Hong Kong Jinsha Shrimp Balls (NT$310); and Almond Bean Curd (NT$80). The Dripping Iced Coffee (NT$160), an elegant finale to any meal, is delightful.

       My visit to En Vogue New Chinese Cuisine proved one thing: looks can be deceiving. This is a place which looks too good to be true. The cost definitely is!

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