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 stand out is the fact that diners can grill their own meals (since each table has a grill at its center). Kanpai prides itself on quality, evidenced by the expensive cuts of meat available. While there is a range of seafood, pork, chicken and duck, some gravitate to the high-grade, marbled Australian beef (such as the rid-eye steak). Another favored option here is the special wagyu beef combination (featuring six types of beef). Vegetarians can sample the golden butter mushrooms.