Taiwan: Our Experience at Cingjing 清境

Cingjing 清境 was our next stop after we left Taichung. We checked into one of the most popular villas, Misty Villa 雲濛仙境. We made our plans to stay here for 1 night just to see what it has in store for us. It might be a little too rush but I wasn’t too fancy about the lodging so there wasn’t too much of a regret.

Given the price that we paid for the villa, I don’t think it’s really worth the money. But the staff offered to bring our luggage for us as we had to climb a few flights of stairs before reaching our room.

We headed off to Green Green Grassland 青青草原 the next morning. We had a little luck and found some cherry blossom trees along the way, took a long and slow walk from one end to the other.

We took a stroll and walked down 487 steps before heading off for lunch!

Lunch was at Inako Scenic View Cafe 伊拿谷景觀咖啡餐坊 where we tried their signature dish Earthen Jar Roasted Chicken. We were given gloves as the chicken was served piping hot. They did not chop it up for us so as to retain the juices in the meat. We also ordered fried shrimp, stir-fried cabbages, carrot & corn soup and fried egg with basil leaves to complete the meal.

The hubby found his castle! Nah, just happened that he has the same surname as the owner lol! bigsmile We left for Taipei after that, which I’ll be sharing in my next few posts.

Check out my other posts on Taiwan:
heart Taiwan: 你好 from Taiwan!
heart Taiwan: Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線
heart Taiwan: Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產
heart Taiwan: Arriving at Taichung and Visiting Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
heart Taiwan: Miyahara 宮原眼科
heart Taiwan: Sightseeing in Taichung
heart Taiwan: Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林
heart Taiwan: Our Experience At Cingjing 清境
heart Taiwan: Arriving In Taipei And Checking Into Hotel Papa Whale
heart Taiwan: Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園

Five Nines 999.99 Dishes Out European-Japanese Fare

Fives Nines, which is formerly located on Keong Saik Road, reopens its doors at Cuppage Plaza and now serves affordable, European-Japanese fare prepared with seasonal ingredients from Japan. I was quite impressed by the dishes then during my first visit and was very much looking forward to the second tasting. smile

Here we are, trying out their 6-course set dinner at $49++, which has to be pre-reserved as there are limited ingredients from Japan.

We started off the dinner with Marinated Botan Shrimp and Couscous Salad with Tosazu Vinegar and Salmon Roe. The shrimp was really fresh and nicely marinated with Tosazu Vinegar, a mixture of soy sauce vinegar and bonito flakes to give it that robust flavour.

Foie Gras Terrine and Bruschetta was presented in a dramatic-style where the dish was filled with smoked orange jam. The citrus scent is a mood-booster and helps to whet the appetite as well. The only downside of this dish is probably the portion size, which was barely a mouthful.

Moving on, we had Garlic Flavored Squid Ink Tagliolini Topped With Snow Crab as one of the main dishes. Chunks of snow crab were generously sprinkled on top of the pasta. This was my favorite dish compared to the rest.

Steam Cod Fish Rolled With Parma Ham Porcini Cream Sauce was the second main dish. Again, the portion size was a letdown. The fish was surprisingly soft, which was a pretty uncommon texture for cod fish. If not for the parma ham, it can get a little too bland. Honestly, I had mixed feeling for this dish.

The Mozzarella and Lamb Tender Loin Fritto with Celeriac Puree & Japanese Pepper Fond De Veau Sauce was the final main dish. Presented with its cheese oozing out, I didn’t quite like the meat as the distinctive lamb flavour is too strong.

Creme Brulee With Raspberry Sorbet was the dessert of the day. The creme brulee was nicely charred and paired with a delicious scoop of sweet and sour raspberry sorbet.

Lots of hits and misses for this menu, wish they would bring back the good old stuff.

Five Nines 999.99
5 Koek Road, #04-04, Cuppage Plaza, Singapore 228796
Tel: (65) 6732 0195