Fleur de Sel 鹽之華

Fleur de Sel 鹽之華 is a French restaurant in Taichung city. It is reputed to be one of the best French restaurants in Taiwan. Some Taiwan food critics even went as far as saying that Fleur de Sel is the best French restaurant in Taiwan.

The chef of this restaurant is Ms Justine Li. She has over 20 years of experience in the culinary profession. She has served as the supervisor at the Western restaurants at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei and the Evergreen Laurel Hotel in Taichung. After studying cookery in Italy she started the Papa Mio Italian restaurant in Taichung. After 8 years at Papa Mio, she attended culinary courses run by the renowned Michelin 3-star chef Joel Robuchon as well as the culinary and chocolate making courses at The Lenotre cooking school, returning home with a dozen culinary certificates. After returning to Taiwan from Europe, Justine started Fleur de Sel in 2004.

I visited Fleur de Sel during a trip to Taichung city in July this year. I have not tried enough French restaurants in Taiwan to say if Fleur de Sel is really the best French restaurant in Taiwan, but I would certainly say it would be amongst one of the best. The standard of cuisine here is on par with some of the best French restaurants I have tried anywhere else.  Every dishes were very nicely displayed, like a piece of art. Of course the most important thing is that they were delicious.

The prices at Fleur de Sel are not cheap by the standard in Taiwan, but it is very reasonably priced by international standard. If you were to visit Taichung and would like to go to good French restaurant, Fleur de Sel and Le Moût would be my top 2 recommended restaurants.

All photos were shot in RAW. The first photo showing the front of the restaurant was an HDR shot taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM. The HDR shot was processed with  Photoshop CS5. The rest of the photos were shot with Fujiflim Finepix X100. The RAW files were processed with Capture One Pro with further processing with Photoshop CS5 before final output to the web.



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