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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, July, 2005.

Fi Fi Tea House & Lounge Restaurant

 

15, RenAi Road, Sec. 4, 2-3F
2F Chang Yu Ting(02) 2721-1970, 3F W Bar (02) 2779-0528
Hours: 2F Chang Yu Ting/2F: Mon~Sun 12 pm- 12 am
3F W Bar: Sun~Thu 7 pm-2 am, Fri~Sat 7 pm-3 am

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By Leslie Tseng Translated by Cara Steenstra

If you're seeking a change from more ordinary d ining atmospheres, you might want to check out Fi Fi Tea House & Lounge Restaurant, a new restaurant facing the tree-lined RenAi Road. This place was established by local fashion designer Isabella Wen--"Fi Fi" is her personal nickname. The "Tea House & Lounge Restaurant" label comes from her desire to combine the ancient Chinese culture of tea drinking and the modern concept of lounge dining, and bring it into people's everyday lives.
Evidence of Wen's unique concept can be seen both inside and outside. Fi Fi Tea House & Lounge Restaurant is divided into two very different areas on two floors. Chang Yu Ting, on the second floor, is a Chinese-style restaurant that serves Szechuan and Shanghainese cuisine. Go up another floor and you will find the W Lounge Bar, a mix of East and West, old and new.

Some of the dishes from Chang Yu Ting are really family recipes that Isabella grew up with. Her family originated in Szechuan but her mother lived in Shanghai for a long time. She grew up eating dishes prepared by the family chef, nicknamed "Monk". In bringing these private recipes out, she says it is like turning old memories into a new experience. Dishes that have been marked with the name "Fi Fi" are Isabella's personal favorites, highly recommended by her.

Walk into the second floor of Fi Fi and the mood is Old Shanghai. Add a little bit of the Baroque style often seen in Isabella Wen's fashion designs, and you get a wonderful clash of luxury and retro styles. The upstairs lounge bar is decorated with a massive collection of decorated antique sofas and furniture. Push open the ceiling-to-floor windows and step onto the balcony for a view of the hustle and bustle of RenAi Road and the tree-lined boulevard. All this makes Fi Fi Tea House & Lounge Restaurant an ideal place to visit in the evenings while experiencing Isabella Wen's philosophy in food and entertainment.


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