It's been a few years since the last time the Ox and I were both in Taipei at the same time, and we had a rare opportunity to catch up outside of Hong Kong. The task of picking a venue fell on my shoulders, and I decided to finally check out la FESTA.
There was a good amount of hype surrounding last year's opening of la FESTA, much in the same vein as STAY. Both restaurants are joint-ventures between chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants and local partners, which in this case is Igor Macchia of La Credenza outside Turin. I've had a tough time finding a decent Italian place in Taipei, so I figured it was high time I came and tried my luck.
Neither of us wanted a lot of food, so we both took the simplest of the three set menus. I was initially tempted to order à la carte, but figured I should try out a few more dishes through the set menu.
Honestly, neither of us were impressed by the execution here. The consommé was tasty, but the ravioli was a little dry and chewy. The duck, not surprisingly for Taipei, was overcooked and tough. Not sure why they needed the herbs for the duck… And finally, neither of us could figure out the rationale behind all the castor sugar.
I wondered if my tastebuds were failing me tonight, because I only detected very subtle hints of coffee on the exterior, and I had to really focus. Oh well…
There's bound to me wine when two MNSC boys get together, and we each brought a bottle. One of our friends commented that one is a beauty and the other a beast, which I thought was actually very fitting.