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Indulge in luxurious afternoon feast

Summer vacation has ended but the National Day holiday is just around the corner. What is a wise way to spend this Double Tenth Day? Here is a suggestion: indulge yourself with friends and family with Taipei's Most Luxurious Afternoon Tea (全台最豪華下午茶) at the Silk Road Feast Live Kitchen (絲路宴互動式料理餐廳).

Located in the basement of The Westin Taipei (台北威斯汀六福皇宮), the chic but sleek eatery offers a brasserie-like design with the kinds of trappings you might find in top international cities: high-quality food at reasonable prices, a bustling atmosphere and down home cosmopolitan cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. Among the latter are Boston lobster, Hokkaido king crab, U.S and French oysters, French chocolate pudding with black truffle, fresh made dim sums and Australian T-bone steak.

To begin your culinary journey, you should first stop by the Green & Roll Area for an energizing moment with innovative cold dishes, such as stir-fried vegetables or French oysters, and an array of nutritious, high-antioxidant foods that ensure you'll have sufficient stamina throughout the day.

Then, walk to the Live Kitchen counter, where you can customize your dishes at will, choosing from the freshest selections of pasta, seafood and meat. Do not hesitate to ask chef Dirk Andreas Rieber to make a variety of delicacies to order; he will comply with his usual smile.

If you prefer the exotic taste of authentic Indian cuisine, you should sample the handmade Naan — oven-baked flat bread, vegetables, seafood and meat baked in the traditional Tandoor, as well as barbecued ribs, genuine Indian milk tea and the mouth-watering Tandoori curry for which Indian chefs spend 4 hours daily to prepare!

Last but not least, visit the Dessert Area for a world-class taste of blissful pastries. Led by a gold medalist executive pastry cook, the dessert team expands on classic desserts from the Elite Concept restaurant and Elite Deli bakery. Displayed like jewelry in the window, you will find colorful cupcakes, low-fat ice cream imported from Italy and assorted European breads.

So now there are no more excuses for couch potatoes to spend the national holiday in front of the television! Celebrate the nation's 101st birthday with style with this exciting afternoon tea set. ■

► For more information or reservations, please call (02) 8770-6565 and ask for Silk Road Feast Live Kitchen. The Most Luxurious Afternoon Tea set is available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for NT$1,380 per person (plus a 10-percent service charge).

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Chef Dirk Andreas Rieber welcomes you to his Silk Road Feast Live Kitchen with the freshest ingredients: Boston lobster and Hokkaido king crab. (Dimitri Bruyas, The China Post)

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