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FUN MAGAZINE, August, 2005.
(02) 2781-4357 / 2781-4250
47, Lane 280, GuangFu S. Road,1F
(02) 2700-2777 / 2700-2778
396, XinYi Road, Sec. 4
(02) 2709-9078 / 2709-9079
51, DongFeng St
(02) 2752-2781 / 2752-2791
28, FuXing S. Road, Sec. 1
Tel: (02) 8773-1997
Hours: weekday 11 am-3 pm, 5 pm-12 am weekend
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--By Claire Tyrell Translated by Jean
Kiki is well-known for its Taiwanese
celebrity owners, who include singer-turned-TV-host
Lan Xin Mei. However, diners unaware of this fame can
also rest assured that the food here is good, too.
Four of Kiki's restaurants can be found around Taipei,
varying in size, but all with an atmosphere that compliments
the food. The stylish, unfussy decor and tasteful lighting
make this place feel like a special occasion but, like
the best Chinese restaurants, the air is filled with
enthusiastic conversation. Whether you're seated at
an intimate table for two, or with friends at a table
for 12, this is certainly a place where good food and
good conversation equal a great dining experience.
The food is billed as Sichuan cuisine,
but has a fresh approach for the Taiwan gourmand. And,
before alarm bells start ringing for some ("Sichuan!
Spicy! Can't do spicy!"), the informative Chinese/English
menu gives each meal a spiciness rating from 1 to 5.
If the mouth does start to tingle you can order some
of the delicious rich plum juice they make especially
to relieve that spicy feeling.
The menu is extensive and the most
popular house specials include Stir Fried Minced Pork,
Chinese Chives and Fermented Black Beans (NT$180); Braised
Chili Beef (NT$290);and Crispy Deep Fried Egg Tofu (NT$180),
as well as a good selection of chicken, pork, beef,
seafood, fish, duck, soups and hot pots. All this and
tantalizing glimpses from neighbouring tables can make
the choices difficult. There's also a separate, quite
adequate vegetarian selection, my favourite being the
Sichuan Style Spicy Braised Bean Curd (NT$180) and the
Quick Fried Silk Melon with Salted Egg (NT$220).
The drinks menu has plenty of teas, coffees and juices,
although it is perhaps a little thin on the ground with
alcoholic beverages. The dishes are of a good size,
making this a great value. Just take as many friends
as you can, so you can try and sample them all!