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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, April, 2006.

Hill Crest Ranch
1, Lane 439, GaoFeng Rd, Hsinchu City
(03) 521-7155
www.hcranch.com.tw
Hill Crest Restaurant
Hours: 10 am-2 pm, 5-9 pm
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
Ecology of Long Way
Hours: 10 am-9 pm
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
The Greenhouse Cafe & Bar
Hours: 10 am-6 pm, open until 9 or 10 pm in summer months
Credit cards not accepted. 10% service charge.

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--By Courtney Donovan Smith Translated by KiKi Wu

Any company with nearly 30 years of history is remarkable, and especially so in the restaurant business. Even more remarkable is the He family's business has expanded from a restaurant into something that resembles a food and beverage theme park.
Nestled in pleasant rolling hills with plenty of park and parking space, the original restaurant has expanded into three restaurants and cafes as well as an event site, all run by various members of the He family. There is a whole day's worth of fun for the family here. The well-kept park space is complemented by a pool, a playground and even a small entomology museum.
For the adults, I recommend starting with a coffee, tea or drink at the Greenhouse Cafe & Bar. This cozy glass-and-wood box is nicely set amongst trees on a hillside, creating a tree-house feel. Around the back is a shaded patio area overlooking the pool. Small 'Shao Kao' set meals are available for NT$230, and cocktails and bottled beers start at NT$150.

Next, it's time for a full meal, and for that visit to the original Hill Crest Restaurant in all its classic Mediterranean-style architectural glory, complete with archways and tiled roof. This restaurant is famed for Fried Rice Noodle Ho Family Style, and their Red Crab (NT$50/liang), plucked from the many live seafood tanks. I tried the excellent Lamb Rib with Special Sauce (NT$360/NT$540), the Salty Fish, Chicken Dice and Bean Curd Pot (NT$240/NT$360) and the Rouge Tea Goose (NT$300/450). All tasted great and showed the expertise than comes from nearly 30 years of practice.

After dinner, it is a good idea to check out the Ecology of Long Way tea and coffee house. With a curious, stone and white-wall church-like building, outdoor wooden deck and playground, this is a good place to relax with an after-dinner tea, coffee or dessert.

During the summer months, we suggest rounding off the evening with a nightcap back at the Greenhouse Cafe and Bar.

Rouge Tea Goose (NT$300/450)
Salty fish, chicken dice and bean curd pot (NT$240/360)


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