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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE,
Lin Jin Street
(02) 2312 0279; Hotline: 0800 231652
Hours: 11.30am - 2.30pm (Lunch); 5.30pm - 10pm (Dinner)
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Uncommonly Fine Dining
by Hon-Lin Lin / translated
by Heidi Yong
Fu Yuan outwardly resembles a common dwelling in Soo Chow,
China. Dining service, however, is anything BUT common.
Chinese delicacies - like swallow's
nest, shark's fin and abalone, all typical fare of Emperors
- are served daily at Fu Yuan. It's said that men risked
their lives to ensure such luxuries for imperial tables.
The abalone itself is remarkable - with hardly a hint
of cholesterol, it was a fitting choice for those seeking
immortality. Why, the opportunity alone to taste these
tempting tidbits was unthinkable for just anyone! That
is, until Fu Yuan opened up.
Fu Yuan fuses the best of West and
East in food. Their Coral Fin Soup, for instance, is garnished
with lobster and prawn and is a dish to-die-for. Their swallow's
nest is carefully prepared and boiled to perfection before
joining a rich sweet bean broth. Their lightly fried goose
liver crowns silky white tofu, and comes with a secret sauce
that's delightful. And, their tuna belly, the fillet mignon
of fish, couples with succulent scallops for a superb seafood
Fu Yuan's setting is equally
delicious. Grandiose space, replica furnishings and
brilliant artworks lend panache. The place nearly
bursts with elegance - royal ambiance with wine, decadence
and delectable dining.
Fu Yuan captures the essence
of Chinese cuisine in nouvelle style. It's a fabulous
experience that, naturally, comes with a price. Lunch
starts at NT$780; dinner at NT$1,580. This place is
a "must", whether you treat yourself or
opt for impressive entertaining.