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FUN MAGAZINE, February, 2006.
Restaurant and Brasserie
13, Alley 26, Lane 300, RenAi Rd, Sec. 4
By Claire Tyrrell Translated by Charlie
Flavor is Taipei's only Swedish restaurant,
where Ola and Stephanie treat you to genuine, traditional
Swedish cuisine. This is a true love affair. Ola and
Stephanie met while training in Switzerland and, having
worked around the world in top restaurants, returned
here to Stephanie's home. They opened Flavor to spend
more time together, and this love and enthusiasm overflows
into the sensational food.
The menu is changed bi-weekly (check
website for menus), but always features the famous Swedish
Meatballs (NT$470) and the Swedish Orange Ribs (NT$420).
The first is served with honey glazed potatoes, lingonberry
jam and brown sauce. This was cooked to perfection and,
with flavors working so perfectly together to bring
out the taste of the food, I was discovering taste buds
I never knew existed. The ribs are marinated for three
days in an age-old recipe, and all meals are filling,
visually enticing and made from scratch using traditional
ingredients-often sent over by Ola's mum! All set meals
come with soup, bread, dessert and a drink.
Fish is also usually offered and, if
you can't decide, there's the "Swedish Tasting
Menu", a chance to sample five different main course
dishes, soup, dessert and a glass of wine (NT$999 per
person, min. two people). Or there's even the "Feast
Menu" for the extra special dish.
From my first bite to my last mouthful
of heavenly Swedish Apple Cake wih vanilla sauce (NT$90),
I, too, was in love!
The weekday lunch menu has a good selection of pastas
for a lighter meal, and there is a full bar available.
Be sure to try the rich-tasting special flavored schnapps.
Although last orders are at 8:30 p.m.,
they invite you to relax and enjoy the evening in the
wonderfully friendly and intimate setting. A good experience,
they told me, is good food, great atmosphere and a good
time. Flavor provides all three in abundance!