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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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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