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FUN MAGAZINE, June, 2006.
8, Lane 16, QingCheng Street
Hours:11:30 am-12 am
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
--By Josie Wu, translated by Cara Steenstra
If you're wondering what makes Santa
Creative Cuisine unique among Italian restaurants, it's
best if you come and see for yourself. As you enter
through the wood-and-stone door, you will see elegantly-decorated,
sun-drenched and spacious interior. Live entertainment
is planned for the near future. Santa's special elements
may have been inspired by the young owner's formative
years in America, or the trips to Japan to try out various
cuisines. As a result, dishes at Santa Creative Cuisine
are a fusion of American, Japanese and Italian styles.
A. The Beef Carpaccio
(NT$240) is 45.5 centimeters long. Inspired by Japan,
it is placed in a specially-made long wooden dish. The
Roasted Mackerel Topped with Italian Spice "whole
fish" (NT$460) is prepared with specially-selected
Japanese mackerel that weighs 600 grams--just the right
size. The fish is made with an appropriate amount of
Italian herbs, so that the meat texture is soft and
juicy. Spaghetti with Squid in Tomato Soup (NT$180)
is just what the name says it is, spaghetti in soup!
B. All desserts and cakes at Santa
Creative Cuisine are hand-made in their pastry kitchen.
Daily afternoon teas are available between 2 and 5 p.m.