Finga’s Fine Foods has for decades been a mainstay in Taichung’s international dining scene. Owner Dereke Bruce recently updated the menu here and, with everything handmade fresh to order, you’d be hard pressed to find a more delicious meal anywhere.
When you walk in, you first encounter the Finga’s bakery, with lots of daily-baked specialty breads like rye, sourdough and panini. There are also cakes, tarts, a great selection of cheeses, deli meats and spices, some hard-to-find snacks like salt and vinegar chips and nacho chips, and homemade from scratch yoghurt.
Past the groceries is the restaurant with a fantastic selection on offer. During my most recent visit, I tried the Cajun Chicken Sandwich with Avocado (NT$245) on panini bread. The sandwich had a succulent chicken breast with a dry rub of Cajun spice that gave it a satisfying spicy kick and blended in well with the taste of the vegetables, balanced by the soothing, cool flavor of the avocado. The warm, soft bread rounded out the textures of sandwich ingredients.
Finga’s juices are a great accompaniment to meals and the kiwi/pineapple/orange juice (NT$120) is freshly squeezed with no added water or sugar, and kept frosty-cold with a bit of crushed ice. Another palate-pleaser is the homemade ice cream and sorbet (NT$80/scoop). If you stop by before 2 p.m. Saturday or Sunday, the Aussie Brunch (NT$295), with french toast, homemade bacon, hash browns, two eggs, baked beans, salad and juice, is also a perfect start to the day.
173, XiangShang S Rd, Nantun Dist (04) 2472-0965
週一至五/Mon-Fri 11 am-9 pm; 週六~日/Sat-Sun 8 am-9 pm (週二休/closed Tue)