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FUN MAGAZINE, July, 2005.
Fi Tea House & Lounge Restaurant
15, RenAi Road, Sec. 4, 2-3F
2F Chang Yu Ting(02) 2721-1970, 3F W Bar (02)
Hours: 2F Chang Yu Ting/2F: Mon~Sun 12 pm- 12
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
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.