Monday, October 18, 2010

Skylark California Cuisine FE 21 Hsinchu Branch

After the renovation of this restaurant we revisited Skylark California Cuisine and considered to be our favorite hang-out for fine dining and impressing with both ambience and cuisine therefore its crowded  and noisy especially during weekend. The Skylark is located at 4th floor of Far Eastern Shopping Center and the venue has the same standards as Cafe Grazie are both exceptional when it comes to quick and efficient service.
We had a 5 course meal that starts on appetizer and we had a sauteed mushroom with shrimp and garlic flavour. One of my daughter favourite starter here so simple yet so delicious.
Smoked salmon with olive oil and aioli. The mixture flavor of oil and the chunks tiny slices of shallots, tomatoes and olive that tasted really good on my salmon salad.
My son number 1 choice is the deep fried shrimp with potato and tartar basil sauce. The shrimps and mashed potato plus the mayo with basil tartar sauce equals a very tasty treat.
Seasonal fruit salad with yogurt dressing. A sweet and mix of good lettuce and fruits segments and chopped of walnut, all tossed in a pleasant creamy dressing.
We had a free selection of delicious soup for one of those unnecessary but tasty in between courses. I order the pumpkin soup and added with pumpkin seeds texture and I definitely need the vitamin A. I have eye problem since last week, the pumpkin soup was light of pure pumpkin flavors.
Clam chowder, which was pretty good and light not quite thick but plenty flavorful.
  The minestrone soup topped with bread was nice too!
French onion soup it was not thick of onion though the soup was decent.
We were served of assortment slices of warm bread with sweet cream cheese spread and it was a delicious way to start with soup.
For our main courses; I had Beef tenderloin it was flavorful-meaty but in a falling apart and juicy way. The terrine, made with mushrooms and roasted potatoes. The wasabi was mild flavored and along the sauce and with sliced zucchini served as a perfect counterpoint to the steak.
Catfish with spicy Paprika cheese sauce. The fish fillet was soft-moist and wrapped in sliced of potato. The sauce was very tangy and flavourful.
Wild mushroom & chicken pilaf, this was a very good rice. It’s a chicken stuffed with mushrooms and some veggies serve with grated cheese. The rice cooked in perfection and it was so delicious.
Valencia paella with it's mix of fresh seafood and crunchy rice is a delicious too.
Since no day is complete without dessert. I had a mixed fruit parfait, which was nice and full of ice cream, fresh fruits and toast of corn flakes with strawberry sauce on the bottom. I just think twice about the calories of this one. I could not resist not to try for once. It was very nice, and certainly one could feel very proper going for this option.
Baked brown sugar peach pudding was deliciously sweetened by a mixture of brown sugar, butter, and peach served with generous scoop of ice cream and vanilla sauce. Nothing could have been more delicious, the simple things in life are quite often the best.
Warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. It complimented nicely with vanilla ice cream.
Apple millefeuille with brandy-Anglaise sauce & lime-caramel sauce. The Apple puff pastry was sweet filling with apple sliced on top of pastry and a crunchy, flaky not-too-sweet with a scoop of ice cream and caramel brandy is perfect combination. 
We ended off with drink they do offer specialty drinks . I always go for teapot of chilled fruit tea with a sweet tangy taste of oranges. 
Blended juices of orange-apple and pear-apple juice. This glasses of drinks is basically an iced drink made with 2 fresh fruits blended with iced . Overall the lunch it was a very satisfying meal and the perfect amount of food with great value. Something to recommend for those who do not know yet about Skylark after all these years we never disappointed each time of our visit.
Skylark California Cuisine
No.323, Xida Road., Hsinchu City
(4th floor Fe21 Mega Shopping Center)
Contact No: 03-521-3572

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