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TAIPEI DINING FEATURE
TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, February 2003

Forchetta

4, Lane 127, AnHo Rd., Sec.1
(02) 2727-7776
Hours: Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner 5:30pm-10pm (everyday)

 

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Forchetta & Pekoe

By Ken Lin  Translation by Patricia Li

       The name of this Italian restaurant comes, appropriately, from the Italian word for fork, "forchetta." The master chef, Max, has long been one of my favorite culinary artists, and I often frequented the Italian restaurant he cooked in prior to Forchetta.

       Forchetta offers comfortable seating, with floor to ceiling windows that make the interior and exterior appear seamlessly connected. Benches leaning against the glass walls and the white high-back chairs lend an immaculate touch. Well-known chef Yeh I-lan has created a boutique, Pekoe, in one corner, offering some of the unique items she has acquired on her travels.

       In addition to Max's Italian cuisine, there are also generous portions of Spanish Tapas (NT$100-400), and bread with Tuscan-style chicken liver sauce. Max cooks up superb thin-crust pizzas (NT$220-380). Salami brings out the cheese flavor in a pizza topped with spinach, gorgonzola, salami, mozzarella cheese, and tomato sauce (NT$380). Its authentic taste brings back memories of Venice!

      For a main course, I'd recommend spring lamb with nuts in Dijon pommary mustard crust (NT$550), or the roasted Pacific king salmon with capers sauce (NT$350). The accompanying spices and sauces are heavenly. There are also spaghetti dishes (NT$220-320). Red wines start at NT$700 per bottle.

       The desserts are delightful. Valrhona chocolate cake (NT$120), made with 66-percent Guanaja cocoa, left me too happy for words. The caramel mousse cake (NT$100) is also delicious. When ordered with a meal, desserts are 80-percent off.

       The service here is really top of the class--guests are treated graciously. And, of course, the cuisine itself makes dining here a pleasure and an art.

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