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MAGAZINE, September 2002
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61, ChungMing Road
Tel: (04) 2327-7750
Hours: 7 am -10 pm daily
at Finga's Base Camp
By Douglas Habecker
Translated by Sharon Yang
About a decade
ago, a couple of friends told me about this tiny eatery that a New
Zealander named Dereke had just opened. Taichung's first foreign-owned
establishment, it quickly became known for its delicious homemade
sorbet and ice cream.
Bruce and Finga's have come a very long way since those early
days, growing to the larger, very successful Finga's Italian
restaurant and Finga's Fine Foods deli. Not one to rest on his
laurels, however, the friendly Kiwi recently unveiled his most
impressive achievement to date, Finga's Base Camp. Located along
the bustling thoroughfare of Chung Ming South Road, about half-way
between Taichung Kang and Kung Yi roads, this attractive establishment
is much bigger than old Finga's Fine Foods that it replaces
and mixes a host of new and old offerings.
Finga's Base Camp is indeed a place for replenishment,
whatever your need may be. The spacious main dining area is bright,
attractive and includes a small bar area, bread counter and a deli
area that Dereke is calling Finga's@Home. Here, one can choose from
various hot and cold selections--from roast beef to a salad bar--to
create a take-away feast.
Behind the front area is an unexpected treat, an
open-air wooden deck area with tables for those who want some sunshine.
This connects to a large back area containing the Finga's bakery,
butchery and imported-goods grocery store.
Base Camp now also opens around 7:30 a.m. to provide several
breakfast options, including "dogs at dawn" with baked
beans, muesli waffles, a simple croissant and coffee, and various
American, English and German style combinations. The rest of
the menu is similar to Finga's Fine Foods, with great sandwiches
like my personal favorite, turkey and avocado. Some Mexican
dishes are still available and Dereke is eventually planning
to add more Mediterranean items, including Greek, Turkish and
Watching Dereke generate great new ideas has become
a Taichung pastime that shows no signs of ending. Despite all the
positive stir that Finga's Base Camp is creating, I have a feeling
that Taichung's favorite Kiwi is just getting warmed up.