Insatiable Girl

TAIPEI: Shiyang Culture Restaurant 食養山房餐廳

Posted in taipei, taiwan by sue on October 23, 2008

台北市士林區菁山路101巷160號
No. 160, Lane 101, Jinshan Road
Hours:
12:00-3:00PM / 5:30-9:00PM
(02) 2862-0078

PRICE: $$$$ (approx. NT$1100/person ~US$37/person)
RATING: ****
(I strongly recommend this place!)
DIRECTIONS: Drive or you can take the MRT to Shilin and hail a cab
RESERVATIONS: Needed
MENU: None.
MUST GET
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Everything they give you.So if you ever get a chance and make it out to Yangmingshan while you are in Taipei, you should definitely try this restaurant. This place definitely takes advantage of its natural surroundings. This restaurant consists of multiple one story buildings, so it takes a while to walk around the entire area. But it’s a nice walk surrounded by many trees, flowers, and even some small man-made lakes. It’s a bit hard to spot unless you know the area, so make sure you look for the following two pictures, a huge gate, and one of the waiters typically standing guard out front… if not, you might just pass it without realizing.

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TAIPEI: Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Posted in taipei, taiwan by sue on October 13, 2008

台北市忠孝東路三段300號B2
B2, No. 300, Sec. 3, Zhongxiao East Road (inside SOGO)
Hours:
10:00AM-9:30PM
(02) 8772-0528

PRICE: $$$ (approx. NT$400/person ~US$15/person)
RATING: ****(I strongly recommend this place!)

DIRECTIONS: Take the MRT to Zhongxiao Fuxing
RESERVATIONS: Not taken, you have to wait
MENU: Chinese, but there are pictures!
MUST GET
:
Pork soup dumplings (aka xiao long bao)
WEBSITE: http://www.dintaifung.com.tw/ch/index.asp

Din Tai Fung is an institution in Taiwan. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like the place. The wait may be long, but trust me it’s worth it. You cannot come to Taiwan without going to this place. This place is so good and so popular that it has 42 restaurants around the world in countries like America, India, Japan, Korea, Australia, Singapore, etc.

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TAIPEI: Pho 越粉舖

Posted in taipei, taiwan by sue on October 13, 2008

台北市信義區松高路11號B2
B2, No. 11, Songgao Road
(02) 8789-3388 ext 1919

PRICE: $$ (approx. NT$300/person ~US$10/person)
RATING: ***(I recommend this place!)

DIRECTIONS: Take the MRT to City Hall
RESERVATIONS: Not needed
MENU: English and Chinese!
MUST GET
:
Spring rolls
WEBSITE: http://www.noodlehouse.com.tw

I wouldn’t say that I’m a pho-connoisseur, but I think I have had my fair share of good pho– actually just Vietnamese food in fact. I have always eaten Vietnamese food since I could remember– there is a local one near my parents’ office that I can remember going to when I was in elementary school and we still go there. Of course, there were a few places back in New York that I would frequent with my friends (Thai Son and Pho Bang). And then there was my short stint in Vietnam for Semester at Sea where I had a wide variety of Vietnamese foods from the fancy restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel to the small hole in the wall places in random alleys. Needless to say, sometimes I have a craving for good hearty bowl of pho.

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TAICHUNG: 8 King

Posted in taichung, taipei by sue on October 2, 2008

台中市北區育才南街8號
No. 8, Yutsai South Street
Hours: 11 am-10:30pm
(04) 2225-9289

PRICE: $$ (approx. NT$400/person ~US$13/person)
RATING: ****(I strongly recommend this place!)

DIRECTIONS: Drive. =)
RESERVATIONS: Not needed
MENU: Chinese only
MUST GET
:
Steak with black pepper sauce, Pork Cutlet Cordon Bleu

This place is relatively new. I only discovered it about a month or so ago, but after the first time I went there I went back once a day for the next two days and I went again a few times since then. I love their decor; it feels like you stepped into a lounge bar which I guess is fitting because they also serve alcohol (wine and beer). Usually it’s not crowded, but I’ve noticed there’s a growing number of people who are dining at this place.

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