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Tien Hsiang Lo

Tien Hsiang Lo (No. 41, The Landis Taipei, MinChuan East Road, Section 2, Taipei) – located in an upscale hotel, traditional Hangzhou-style cuisine is served here – which apparently earned it a coveted Michelin star for its high quality cooking. Signature dishes found here include Slowly Braised Pork “Don Po” Style, Stir-Fried Shrimps with Long […]

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Shin Yeh

Shin Yeh (No. 112, 2F, ZhongXiao East Road, Section 4, Da’An District, Taipei) – opened since 1977, this is one of Taipei’s more upscale restaurants, serving mainly local classical dishes. Specialties served here range from Shin-Yeh Signature Fried Rice-noodles, to Steamed Fresh Crab Roe on Glutinous Rice, and Steamed Bun with Lean Pork and Salted […]

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Osteria By Vincent

Osteria By Vincent (No. 61, Lequn 3rd Road, Zhongshan Dist., Taipei) – for quality Italian food, Osteria has become the “go to” place in Taiwan. Along with brick oven pizzas, diners can order Italian rice dishes like Risotto Porcini (pasta with porcini & seasonal mushrooms), pastas like Spaghetti Allo Scoglio (lobster and seasonal seafood) and […]

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Nala’s Mexican Food

Nala’s Mexican Food (7-1 Roosevelt Road, Sec. 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei) – this take-out restaurant, which opened in recent times, serves tasty Mexican food, which is very difficult to find in Taipei. Their burritos, in particular, are popular among both locals and visiting Americans & other foreigners for their freshly-made quality ingredients and low price […]

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Mr. Meat

Mr. Meat (Section 2, Dunhua S Rd & Lane 81, Section 2, Dunhua S Rd, Da’an District, Taipei) – as the restaurant’s name implies, this is a carnivore’s paradise. Patrons that eat here feel like they’ve walked into a butcher shop that’s been converted into a restaurant. Diners here like to order the Hot Pot […]

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Mitsui Japanese Restaurant

Mitsui Japanese Restaurant (No. 30, Nong’an Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei) – this is one of Taipei’s more upscaled Japanese restaurants, where business associates, groups of friends, and romantic couples tend to dine. Items served here include Sashimi Moriawase (shrimp, scallop, tuna, yellowtail and hirame) served on a bowl of crushed ice, Sea Urchin on top […]

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Madame Jill’s Vietnamese Cuisine

Madame Jill’s Vietnamese Cuisine (No. 11, Lane 24, Roosevelt Road Section 4, Dà’ān District, Taipei) — Madame Jill’s was the first Vietnamese restaurant to come to Taipei, when the Vietnam War was still raging. In 1974, the Lin family (overseas Chinese) moved to Taipei because of the war and set up the first branch of […]

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Lan Jia Gua Bao

Lan Jia Gua Bao (Section 3, Roosevelt Rd & Shida Rd, Da’an District, Taipei) – this restaurant serves a local specialty called the Gua Bao (Taiwan’s answer to the hamburger): a fluffy white bun enclosing stewed, fatty pork belly. This local fast food-friendly item reportedly got its roots in mainland China’s Fujian province, but somehow […]

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KGB

KGB (No. 5, 1F, Shida Road, Lane 114, Taipei) – this burger restaurant’s abbreviation stands for “Kiwi Gourmet Burger” (revealing the New Zealand origins of its owners). KGB adds its own twist to hamburgers – ranging from “CC Heaven” (a burger topped with smooth creamy camembert cheese covered with cranberry sauce), to “Satay” (Indonesian style […]

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Kanpai Classic

Kanpai Classic (No. 9, 8F, Mitsukoshi A9, SongShou Road, XinYi District, Taipei) – located within the trendy Mitsukoshi A9 department store, this restaurant’s name (Kanpai) means ‘cheers’ or ‘ganbei’ in Japanese. It’s a rapidly growing chain of restaurants specializing in quality Japanese barbecue (in some ways, reminiscent of Benihana’s in America). What makes this place […]