302016Dec

Wagyu Experts at Moe Yakiniku

We were able to get last minute Friday reservations at Moe Yakiniku 3. It’s the third expansion of the restaurant. Known for it’s selection of wagyu and it’s service, we were more than excited to check it out. It’s located in the Da’an district along a street of other restaurants. Inside, the eating area were divided into more intimate sections. Our area had four tables with seating for four. There’s ventilation suction valves at each table and the yakiniku grill was heated with charcoal. Already a lovely sign.

It was all about wagyu here, Australian to be exact. All of our cuts were A5 wagyu with a B.M.S. score of 9. If you want to know more about what that means, read wagyu.org/breed-info/meat-grading/.  I sure had to because I’m used to only hearing A5 until our server told me it was “A9”. So much more learning to do with this wonderful cattle. Anyways, as I mentioned, they are serious about the beef here. And even though I insisted on cooking it ourselves (cuz you know, that’s all the fun in yakiniku) they soon took over. I have to say, they did a much better job than I did. The server knew how to cook it just right, to get that small sear without overcooking, or in my case, undercooking the meat.

A serious place for high end yakiniku where they also focus on service. No wonder there are now three of these restaurants. I’m looking forward to trying this place again.

Moe Yakiniku 3

No. 24, Ln. 116, Guangfu S. Rd.
Daan Dist, Taipei, Taiwan
+886 2 2731 1750

Verdict: Yes, check this place out. It’s on the expensive side but for this grade of wagyu, it’s worth it.

302015Jun

Before I Depart, Sushi

My final outing in this wonderful city was omakase at 游壽司. Inside the restaurant you’ll find the seating is all around the sushi bar. Set up for an intimate session with your chef. However, unlike other places, it’s not small and stuffy. There’s plenty of room at the counter and a good number of chefs to accommodate. I really like this style dining. Personal experience without sacrificing the amount of patrons. That doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no lines. There will be. We were able to get immediate seating only because we got there 45 minutes before close. And as a testament of their service, they still tended to our dinner without any sort of rush. Just look at how many courses we had. That’s service my friends!

The nigiri courses were fantastic and the plating was simply beautiful. By the time we got to the end of the courses, the chef asked if we wanted more. I was good but felt we didn’t get to try one item, a good cut of toro. Within minutes they whipped one up a pair for us. Mmmm now I got plenty to dream about on my flight home.

游壽司
No. 7, Lane 7, Lishui St
Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
+886 2 2391 9298

Verdict: Try it. Solid variety of sushi and you won’t leave hungry.

292015Jun

宅涮涮鍋

Hot pot culture is huge in Taiwan so when you find one that stands out, you kinda want to tell the world. And that’s what I want to do with this very modest looking restaurant,宅涮涮鍋. Inside, however, the quaint little place was very nice. The decor was modern with single seating at the bar. More intimate parties of two had table seating divided by walls.

Pricing isn’t too bad, though on the higher end but it shows in the food you get. As fresh as you can get for the seafood and the beef quality was superb. You can go over the top with the wagyu, but the sirloin was just as premium. Yeah, I chose the seafood set but had to try some beef.

The waitress went over all the items in our set. She let us know how long to cook everything. This was particularly important for my seafood set. Each item had huge differences in cook time. For instance, scallop shouldn’t be cooked for more then 30 seconds, shrimp should take about a minute, and the snails would take longest. All great tips because I’d probably overcook everything and ruin the whole dinner. Yay for instructions!

宅涮涮鍋
No. 34, Yongkang St
Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
+886 2 2393 0051

https://www.facebook.com/pages/宅涮涮鍋/321753664556985

Verdict: Yes, this is a great place for shabu shabu and try the seafood set!

202015Mar

Qimin’s Organic Hotpot

There doesn’t seem to be that much information about this place, in English that is. But this place boasts both a grocer and a hot pot restaurant. It’s niche organic offering expanded to Shanghai where they source ingredients from their local farm. As you can imagine, this place won’t be your global chain. They’ll focus on quality, which so happens to drive the price higher. I don’t mind when it’s about good eating. It’s a good thing in this town where there’s a hot pot joint around every corner. The taste stood out from them all.

Once we got there, it wasn’t too busy. We had reservations but there were a couple of free tables available. We got the end which was great. I had a few bags that fit great in the corner. Staff was friendly and responsive. Even helping us out when we ordered way too much. When we ran out of room on the table they held off on items until we were ready. And they seem to know how long it would take until the broth ran low. Before I knew it, refilled. Now that’s service for a hot pot place that usually has the wait staff running around refilling and restocking tables.

The place itself was clean and modern. Plenty of tables for large parties as well as counter seating. And most notable, was the fact that this place served individual pots. One for every person. And with all the steaming pots in this place, it felt very comfortable. The air conditioning wasn’t blasting and I didn’t walk out smelling like food. lol. My worse nightmare would be that Seinfeld episode where Elaine gets followed around by a pack of dogs. Glad this place had it locked down.

Qimin Market
No. 158, Section 2, Xinyi Road (台北市信義路二段158號2樓)
Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan
+886 02-2772-5123
https://www.facebook.com/qiminmarket

Verdict: I highly recommend it for good hot pot and I myself will be back here. Probably within the month.

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