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Universal Noodle Ramen Nagi (Taipei, Taiwan)

[Translate] Taipei has an abundance of soup and noodle shops but once in a while I do crave a good bowl ramen and based on what I’ve heard from friends, Universal Noodle Ramen Nagi Nagi quickly became one of the most popular Japanese ramen chains in Taipei. They offer more customization than other ramen restaurants by giving their customers a menu where their personal, desired choices can be circled. They offer four different pork soup bases and a fifth limited soup base that changes weekly. Their four pork soup bases are: Butao King (豚王): award winning tonkotsu pork broth prepared..

Very Good Lunch at YEN Chinese Restaurant 紫艷中餐廳 & Best Braised Beef Noodles at YEN Bar at W Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan)

[Translate] If you are yearning for really good, nouvelle style Cantonese food in Taipei, you should go to YEN Chinese Restaurant 紫艷中餐廳 at W Taipei. YEN Restaurant and YEN Bar share the top 31st floor of W Taipei with views of central Taipei from the dining room side of the restaurant and Taipei 101 when you’re at the bar. Besides the awesome views of the city, the interior of both parts of the dining floor are modern and primarily with the color palate of purple, black, white and chrome or stainless steel. (more…)

Fantastic Stay at W Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan)

[Translate] For the first portion of our time in Taipei, we stayed at W Taipei. The first thing that is great about this hotel is centrally located the Xinyi District that makes it easy for me to drop off my shopping bags (there are many shopping malls surrounding the hotel). It’s also a few blocks from the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Taipei 101, the world’s second-tallest building. Nearby subway stations mean you can be whisked to the city’s shopping districts and mountain hot springs. Entering the lobby of the W Taipei, it’s technically not their lobby. As confusing as..

Birthday Kaiseki Dinner at Shoun Ryugin Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan)

[Translate] During the time I was traveling in Taipei, it was the week of my birthday. While researching the various restaurants I would like to have dinner during my stay, I didn’t realize that the 3* Michelin kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo, Nihonryori Ryugin has a sister restaurant Shoun Ryugin Taipei. I didn’t have the chance to make reservations at the mothership when I traveled to Tokyo then, I thought why not dine at its sister restaurant in Taipei? I am aware the the restaurant isn’t exactly the same but at least uses Chef Seiji Yamamoto’s philosphy on seasonality and local..

Great Tea & Scones at Smith&Hsu (Taipei, Taiwan)

[Translate] Usually when one thinks of “afternoon tea” it tends to connotes the frilly, English-Victorian style tea room and have the full blown three-tiered stand complete with pots of tea. While, Smith&Hsu does offer the tiers of food and pots of tea, this Taiwanese tea brand certainly does not have the atmosphere of the former at their dining room on the second floor. It’s a relaxed vibe of an unpretentious, contemporary library with low hanging lights. On the ground floor of their shop, it’s a beautifully minimalist tea boutique to display and shop their teas and tea accessories. (more…)

Deliciousness at the Original Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 (Taipei, Taiwan)

[Translate] Earlier this month, I’ve visited Taipei, Taiwan and Okinawa, Japan with a friend for the sake of curiosity and needing a break from New York City. If you have been checking out my Instagram, there were lots of delicious food and we stayed in very nice hotels. Both places were charming in its own way and the people are wonderful. To kickoff this series, I’ll be starting off with the famous restaurant in all of Taipei — Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐. (We went to the original location on Xinyi Road but there’s many other locations around the city.) Sure,..

Lunch at Le Cinq (3* Michelin, Paris)

[Translate] We had lunch at Le Cinq at the very posh Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris. I was generally excited for this particular meal is because of Executive Chef Christian Le Squer currently cooks here and I recalled of the wonderful lunch I had in 2010 when he worked at Ledoyen. We opted for the 4-course lunch (145€ per person) since we still have a long day of eating. Starting off our meal was a “mises en bouche” of a plate set with a ginger jelly balloon, raspberry truffle has a liquid center, and a crispy jigsaw shaped..

Foie Gras-Centric Dinner at Au Petit Sud-Ouest (Paris, France)

[Translate] When you think of foie gras, you’d normally associate a very high price tag but at Au Petit Sud-Ouest is one of those rare, family owned restaurants that serves lots of foie gras dishes (and a few classic French bistro dishes) but in an casual, unpretentious setting at reasonable prices and it’s close to the Eiffel Tower. The matron running the front of the house is incredibly warm and charming lady that understood that we had to leave a bit early to see a show when we made reservations. (The photos were taken with my iPhone since we’re heading..

Dinner at Clown Bar (Paris, France)

[Translate] For the hip and buzzy restaurants in Paris, Clown Bar is one of them. I’ve read and heard from a wide range of various bloggers, respected food websites, and food magazines that this place is the place to eat. The kitchen is led by a Japanese chef Atsumi Sota which explains the Asian touches on the menu while grounded on French cuisine. The Belle Époque décor is present but not over the top but there’s a distinctive hipster feel to it. The dark wood tables at the front of the restaurant were in close proximity to each other (if..