Sunday, September 14, 2014

Addiction Aquatic Development: La Mer (上引水產之煮海)

Seeing that AAD (上引水產) is one of my most popular posts ever, I am going to do a follow up on their restaurant next door: La Mer (煮海).  The two places is located right next to each other but as you are probably aware, at AAD, you stand while you eat... at La Mer, you finally get to sit down and enjoy a proper meal.

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La Mer's Sashimi Platter for Two (NT$1,280)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mala Hotpot (Zhongxiao) (馬辣頂級麻辣鴛鴦鍋) (忠孝店)

Here's another post on hot pot restaurants I have been to in Taipei, Taiwan.  I went there last year but didn't blog about it originally because I did not particularly enjoyed my experience.  (It's actually quite popular among both tourists and locals...)

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"International Travelers Requested Restaurant"
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I did request it after all...
My friends, after seeing I was sorely disappointed, said,
"Don't worry, we will take you to better places next time."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Qiao Tou Spicy Hotpot (橋頭麻辣鍋)

Qiaotou Spicy Hotpot (橋頭麻辣鍋) was a spicy hotpot restaurant I went a few years ago (2009) with my friends.  I haven't returned since so this post may not be as relevant now.  Yet I recalled it was good and became my memory of how spicy hotpot should be in Taiwan.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Tai Ho Dien (太和殿 台北總店)

Tai Ho Dien (太和殿) is the most well-known amongst the three Taiwanese hotpot restaurants I went this trip.  Rumor has it that even Aaron Kwok (the well-known Hong Kong artist) is a fan.  (A few of my friends recommended it too!)  I had high hopes going in, even brought my co-worker's boss, who love spicy food, there and promised him a spicy, good meal. 

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Needless to say, they higher the expectations, the higher the disappointment.  If Chan Chi set the standards on the food and Elixir Health Pot set the standards on service, Tai Ho Dian failed both miserably.  There is only one thing they exceled - the price.

Elixir Health Pot (無老鍋 市民店)

Elixir Health Pot (無老鍋) is actually a restaurant owned by the same group that owns Tripod King (鼎王).  As mentioned in my previous post, 鼎王 gained tabloid spotlights during my stay in Taipei for their food quality problems and has been banned from my trip.   Yet, I still went to 無老鍋 as there were various guarantees that they did not use the same supplies as 鼎王 and they do not share the same issues.  (You believe that?  Oh well... I figured it's probably the safest time to go anyway...)

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