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Taichung Xinshe Castle is a beautiful attraction in Taiwan with European-style architecture and picturesque landscapes perfect for a day out or an outdoor photo-shooting.
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I am a traveler who had been continuously traveling the world until a stroke hit me and trapped me in this GD disabled body. My goal is to travel the world. I’d hit 45 out of 195 countries before being strained on this island that still calls itself “Formosa.” “Formosa” was the name that the Portuguese gave us in 1895, which literally means “beautiful island.” To date, we’re probably the only ones who still call ourselves by that name. I first learned about Taichung Xinshe Castle when I was looking for a “retreat (preferably with good food, of course).” Thanks to my malfunctioning brains, my first attempt to this famous castle with a restaurant was a failure, which I wrote about in this post. We drove for 3 hours and ended up here. Thanks to my stubbornness, my second attempt to Taichung’s Xinshe Castle Restaurant is a success and does not disappoint.
Known as Taiwan’s “Kingdom of Mushrooms,” Taichung Xinshe produces much of our local mushrooms. Our way to Xinshe Castle is lined with mushroom farms, mushroom restaurants, and all kinds of different mushroom businesses selling mushroom produce. We are distracted with all the signs and banners and almost take a detour for gourmet “mushroom meal”!
Willpower wins this time. My determination to see the castle turns out to be the right choice. Stepping into the Xinshe Summit Resort is like stepping into the European classic children’s literature “The Secret Garden.”.I embark on a fairy tale that combines my year-long Euro trip all in one. A corner looks like Italy, the other looks like Germany, the third is the Netherlands, and over there is where I haven’t had a chance to get to yet. No wonder the Summit Resort makes a popular destination for wedding shoots.
Attractions inside the resort include the known Wine Chateau Restaurant, the “Castle” resembling a Roman building, the “Roman Pillars and Fountain” with medieval style architecture, the “Dora Store” selling various souvenirs and essential oils, the “Hexagon,” the semi-open-air space “Wooden House,” and the “Secret Garden” with beautiful stone-paths allowing visitors to stroll through and appreciate the beauty of the four seasons.
Regrettably, Taichung Xinshe Summit Resort is not accessible and does not offer wheelchair rental service. Oh “Formosa” when will you start being beautiful from the inside out? Feasting our eyes on the beautiful scenery alone isn’t enough. The thought of real food pushed us to hike to the restaurant. The Wine Chateau isn’t too far from the entrance, at least within my “limpable” distance. Besides a beautiful patio, the restaurant also provides good quality food.
Each food item on the menu comes with a set which includes soup, rice, and a drink. I ordered “curry” since I haven’t had curry in a while. “Curry” is served with an option of “chicken” or “beef,” I opt for the beef.
When served, a piece of broccoli, red pepper, carrot, mushroom, and hashbrown each decorate the plate; the set is complete with a bowl of edamame, two slices of pears and a bowl of tapioca.
The corn-soup looking soup has a curry flavour, and is sprinkled with corn flakes for texture. The curry is cooked with lots of spices. Although it also adds sweetness with apples, it is entirely different from the usual “Japanese (fake)” curry we get here. The beef itself is also a pleasant surprise, half of it is beef tendon. Since real curry is not easy to come across in Taiwan, I finish my meal without sharing.
Next time I’m going for the braised pork belly set, lemon chicken katsu set, the seared salmon set, and.. and…
Taichung Xinshe Summit Resort is a place worth visiting again and where one can spend an afternoon at leisure with great food!