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FUN MAGAZINE, November, 2005.
Cuisine Love Affair
11, Lane 76, SiWei Road
Hours: 12 noon to 10 pm Tuesday-Sunday
open last Monday of every month.
YOUR RATING & REVIEW | VIEW VISITORS RATINGS &
--By Tracy Perkins Translated by Irene
I returned recently to Louis XIV, an intimate and cosy
little bistro just a stone's throw from the bustle of
XinYi and DunHua Roads. I was happy to have Claire,
the hostess, make a few suggestions. The Pan-Fried Foie
Gras with Passion fruit (NT$460) was perfectly seared
on the outside, and creamy pink in the centre. The richness
of the foie gras was offset by the tanginess of the
passion fruit. I chose one of the set menus, comprising
Cream of Tomato Soup, Smoked Salmon Salad with Cream
Cheese, Scallops with Fennel and Orange Sauce, and coffee-all
for just NT$1,000. I challenge anyone to find a better
deal on fine dining. The soup was blended to a slightly
rougher texture in keeping with the restaurant's Provencal
emphasis and the scallops were tender and juicy. I couldn't
resist following up with the Nougatine (NT$180), a home-made
ice-cream containing orange rind and toasted almonds.