Monday, April 01, 2013

CLOSED italian/fusion: i still recommend FORCHETTA

CLOSED a/o 2014

No. 4, Alley 127, AnHe Road., Sec 1
(02) 2707-7776

MRT: Zhongxiao Dunhua (is the closest, but still about a 15-20 walk from the station)

hours:  Lunch 12pm to 2pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm

$$$-$$$$ (about NT$1300-1600/person for lunch set menu)

Kid friendliness:  no high chairs spotted, mostly fine dining type dishes

Visit reviewed: 12/28/2012

The last time I visited this cozy bistro hidden behind a curtain of greenery was probably the last time I wrote about it- over six years ago in 2007. But thanks to my Instagram friends, their recent photos spurred my curiosity and appetite to pick it for a lunch meeting with a friend from Hong Kong.

When the weather is nice, Forchetta is a nice place to grab a table near the the front. Or you could have a table in the back with an eye on the semi open kitchen in the back.

Set lunch menus run about NT$880-1500 depending on what main dish you choose. Forchetta sources quite a few things locally and notes it in the menu- duck and chicken from Miaoli, shrimp from Yilan, fish from Keelung. 

The complimentary bread is still wonderfully addictive, served with a garlic aioli and tomato sauce. The last time I came for dinner, they served fresh tomatoes to rub onto the bread. This is a bit less messy, but a bit less fun.

Organic duck gizzard with corn mash, served cold - two spoonfuls and it was gone. Sweet, creamy with the chewy cubes of gizzard.

Local fresh fish from Yilan, daily carpaccio, homemade air dried tomato and black olives - I liked this- fresh, delicate and beautifully plated.

Abalone, milt, fish stomach in duck consomme - this was my least favorite course. I didn't like the gummy texture of the the fish stomach and milt..

Yilan red guava sorbet - palate cleanser in an unique presentation. Kinda frou frou, but so the experience.

Grilled Australian lamb chop with rosemary and nuts (NT$1500) - There were a lot of great options for the main dishes. I considered the beef cheek (but just had it the night before), lamb shank (thought it might be too heavy) or duck confit, but I ended up ordering the lamb chop. Perfectly grilled at a suggested medium rare.

Dessert of the day- crumbled chocolate cookie with pineapple mousse - I thought I wouldn't like this dish because I didn't think pineapple and chocolate would work together and I usually don't like mousse, but it wasn't too acidic or sweet, so it was fine.

The thought of spending so much money on lunch prevents me from coming more often, but hopefully I'll be back before another six years passes by. 


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Kitchen Sink Plumbing said...

We had an excellent experience. This small restaurant impressed us with its delicious food, fantastic service, great atmosphere. Our waitress never let our water glasses go dry, accommodated our appetizer sharing, all with a wonderful manner. We were a group of seven and a great time all around.


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