Tutto Fresco: Wholesome Italian Fare In The Heart Of Taipei 翡冷翠義式餐廳:在台北市中心享用天然美味意式料理

Probably to “compensate” for the lack of noteworthy hotel food in my previous Taiwan trips, this recent trip has given me quite a few lovely surprises. Earlier on in sharing my Taitung journey, I had dedicated a single post to Jenny’s Bar & Grill at Inn By The Village because I really enjoyed the meals at this modern dining space in a hotel. Now, I’m writing a new post solely for another restaurant, owned by the Hotel Relax group where I stayed 2 nights in Taipei, again because of the same reason. 😉

或许是为了“弥补”之前两次到台湾都无法吃到值得赞许的饭店美食吧,这次六月的台湾行带给我不少意外惊喜。就像稍早前分享台东市饭店——南丰的Jenny’s Bar & Grill一样,这次到台北,也同样地有幸在旅乐序集团饭店里的翡冷翠義式餐廳享用了一顿丰盛美味的午餐。所以也一定要在这里向大家介绍。

Opened in September 2016, Tutto Fresco is a casual Italian restaurant located on the ground floor of Hotel Relax 2. It is just a stone’s throw away from Taipei Main Station’s exit Z2 or Z4, near Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Departmental Store. Thanks to the friendly Hotel Relax management, we were given a complimentary lunch at this contemporary restaurant upon arrival in Taipei.

在去年9月1号开张的翡冷翠義式餐廳位于旅乐序2馆内的一楼,离台北车站的Z2 或 Z4出口步行几分钟就到。感谢饭店管理层的殷勤招待,让我们可以在抵达台北市之后,第一时间在这家时髦的意式餐厅享用午餐。

Decked in the same black & white theme of Hotel Relax group, the shiny gold chairs in Tutto Fresco stand out against the classic colours. I thought the decor looks quite chic & welcoming. Furthermore, staff were all smiley when we entered the cosy restaurant of about 50 seats.

就如所有旅乐序旗下饭店的装潢一样,翡冷翠以简约的黑白色调为主,金光闪闪的椅子在这黑白交错的空间里显得格外突出。整个餐厅予人的感觉是时尚、优雅及亲切。一走进约有50个座位的餐厅,笑容可掬的服务员就立即上前为我们带位。

In Italian, Tutto Fresco means “naturally delicious”, which is what the restaurant strives to be, by using fresh, natural ingredients without any additives or artificial flavouring to enhance the taste of its offerings. In addition, this is a collaboration with an experienced Italian chef (sorry I can’t remember his name) to turn classic Italian dishes into creative fusion dishes using a combination of Italian & French styles.

餐厅的英文名字源自意大利文,意思是“天然美味”。这也正是餐厅所坚守的信念,要使用最新鲜、天然的食材,无添加任何人造色素或调味,就能为客人烹煮出一道道美味的食物。翡冷翠義式餐廳也是旅乐序集团与一知名意大利大厨(对不起,记不得他的名字)首次合作,结合意式与法式风格,打造美味富创意的意式料理。

Since the specialty here is handmade pizza using natural yeast, my friend decided to order the 6-inch Clams With Sea Salt Pizza (260 TWD, ~S$12.10), a chef recommendation that sounded pretty interesting. On the other hand, I opted for an Alfredo Spaghetti With Bacon & Asparagus (230 TWD, ~S$10.75) since pasta is also a classic Italian staple & this was one of the chef recommendations as well. For an additional 90 TWD (~S$4.20) per pax, we each got the combo set that included a soup, salad, coffee or tea, & dessert of the day. In addition, we also ordered an appetizer – Buffalo Spicy Chicken Wings (180 TWD, ~S$8.40) to share.

既然翡冷翠的主打菜肴是使用天然酵母发酵的手作比萨,朋友决定点一道较特别的厨师推荐蛤螺海盐比萨(6吋大,台币260元)。我选择了另一道意式餐厅不可缺少的主食:培根芦笋意大利面(台币230元),也是厨师推荐。只要附加台币90元,就能为主食“升级”,享有汤品、沙拉、甜点、咖啡/茶。我们也点了一道前菜:水牛城香辣鸡翅(台币180元)一起共享。

A scrumptious spread 🙂
新鲜美味的一桌佳肴😊

Fresh salad & potato soup to whet our appetites before the main dishes came
先尝一尝新鲜爽脆的沙拉搭配日式沙拉酱 + 马铃薯汤

Buffalo Spicy Chicken Wings – not as spicy as we thought
水牛城香辣鸡翅没想象中的辣

flavourful Alfredo Spaghetti With Bacon & Asparagus
浓郁而不腻的培根芦笋意大利面

Everything was so delicious here! I was initially worried that my spaghetti would be quite filling after a while as it was cream-based. However, to my surprise, the cream sauce while flavourful, was not overly thick & rich. The bacon & asparagus added refreshing crunch to the generous serving too. Since I am allergic to seafood, I didn’t really try my friend’s pizza full of fresh clams. Instead, I just took a bite of a corner of the pizza dough, which was thin, aromatic & crispy. She commented it was very good.

我们所点的菜肴饮料都很美味可口!原本在点我的意大利面的时候,还有一点小担心,因为这道主食是搭配奶油白酱,一般都会吃得很腻。但是翡冷翠的培根芦笋意大利面的奶油酱很特别,口感浓郁而不腻。厚切培根和芦笋也为这道分量大的面食增添清爽的口感。因为对海鲜敏感,我也不敢尝试朋友的蛤螺海盐比萨。只是稍微尝了一点脆薄的比萨饼皮,味道不错。朋友也说蛤螺新鲜,整体而言是道很好吃的比萨。

We also enjoyed the bowl of fresh salad, a refreshing appetizer to kick start the meal, as well as the tasty potato soup. I opted for the chef recommended Tutto Fresco Caesar, while my friend asked for Thyme & Yoghurt Salad to be served. Mine was a twist to the usual Caesar Salad as the specially concocted Caesar salad dressing was a pleasant surprise. On my first few mouthfuls, I couldn’t really feel the spice in the salad. However, the spiciness level grew on me as I ate more of the salad. Love it!

除此之外,我们也喜欢各点的沙拉,还有口味独特浓郁的马铃薯蔬菜汤,是正餐前的清爽开胃小菜。沙拉有两种选择,我选招牌凯撒沙拉,而朋友则点了带有淡淡奶酪香的百里香奶酪沙拉。招牌凯撒沙拉或许听起来没什么特别,但特制的微辣凯撒酱汁为小菜注入惊喜。尝了几口,只觉得生菜很新鲜爽脆,但辣味慢慢“侵入”,越尝越辣。是道很棒很特别的沙拉!

As for the drinks, I asked for Relaxing Tea (120 TWD, ~S$5.60), essentially is tea with a variety of sour-tasting fruits. Very refreshing & good to drink after a scrumptious meal like ours. My friend ordered the special Bailey’s Latte (150 TWD, ~S$7), something unique that we hadn’t tried before. The strong Bailey’s taste blended very well with the aromatic coffee.

至于饮料,我点了有机舒压茶(台币120元),是采用各种不同酸性水果调配的一种果茶,适合在大快朵颐后细细品尝。朋友点的咖啡很特别,是贝礼时拿铁(台币150元),从来没在别的地方喝过。浓郁的贝礼时(巧克力味奶酒)为香醇的咖啡更添香气。

If we had to pick on one dish, it was probably the Buffalo Spicy Chicken Wings which was more sourish than spicy. We fed back this comment to the management & she said it was because there were customers who felt the dish was a tad too spicy, hence they decided to tone down the spicy level. Oops… nonetheless it was still quite tasty. By the time our dessert of the day (milk pudding) came, we were both so full & bloated. Luckily it was just a small cup of smooth pudding that could easily glide down our throats haha.

如果真的要挑缺点的话,我想应该是水牛城香辣鸡翅的味道是酸多过辣。我们有向管理层反应,她说原来的口味是比较辣,但因为客人觉得太辣了,所以厨师就决定把辣味降低。哎哟……各人味蕾不同,哈哈。其实味道是不错,只是对我们而言不够辣啦。😅吃了这么多,到甜品上桌时,我们已饱的不能动了。幸好甜品只是一小杯的鲜奶布丁,顺滑地容易下肚,😄。

To summarise, this was a really wonderfully enjoyable lunch, particularly because all dishes were prepared without using any artificial flavourings or additives like MSG. That meant no salty aftertaste & I didn’t have to drink a lot of water thereafter to quench my thirst. Furthermore, guests staying at any of the Hotel Relax accommodations (1, 2, 3 and 5, all within close walking distance to Hotel Relax 2) can enjoy 10% discount at Tutto Fresco as well, which essentially means you are enjoying friendly service without the need to pay for service charge. 🙂 The restaurant also has promotions for afternoon high tea and dinner. A pity we didn’t have space in our stomachs to check out the tempting pastries & desserts. With such welcoming ambience, good food, service, location & competitive pricing, I would gladly return to Tutto Fresco if I visit Taipei again in future. 🙂

总结在翡冷翠義式餐廳的午餐体验,真的是一家值得推荐的餐厅。我特别喜欢餐厅以全天然食材烹煮美到菜肴的概念,完全没使用人工的调味料等,所以餐后也不会觉得口渴或需要猛灌水来解渴。况且,只要入住任何一间旅乐序的饭店(都在2馆附近),就能在餐厅享有9折优惠。能享有体贴周到的服务,又无需付10%服务费(因为打9折),何乐而不为?翡冷翠義式餐廳也有下午茶以及晚餐的各种优惠,只可惜我们饱的无法再尝一尝它诱人的蛋糕和甜点。餐厅不止装潢时髦、优雅,好找,服务周到,还有价格物有所值的天然美味餐食,有机会的话,下次到台北我还会再到这里用餐。☺

Address: No. 15, Level 1, Hankou Street Section 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 100

Open: 11.30 am to 9.30 pm daily.

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