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 (with various cuts of beef and pork to choose with it). They can choose from a selection of broths made with seasonal ferments (cabbage in fall, garlic in winter, kimchi in spring, tomato in summer). The individually sized hot pots come preassembled, ready to cook at personal burners. Taiwan produces little beef or lamb, so the restaurant’s owner imports some red meats from Europe, USA and Australia. But there’s also gamey cherry duck (a Taiwanese breed), gui ding chicken (tastier than your average bird) and Taiwanese black pork.