In addition to spicy hot pots, Taiwanese BBQ is another must-eat when traveling to Taiwan (along with traditional Taiwanese food, sushi, and night markets, etc.). In fact, I always carry digestive enzymes with me whenever I travel to Taiwan because I always ate too much.
Hutong (胡同燒肉) came highly recommended by one of my co-workers at the Taiwan office. Reservations are essential although we cheated by arriving at the restaurant on a weekday at 6:00 pm sharp (It's the only time I can say we left work on time and took a taxi straight away) to see if we could secure a walk-in table. and.... SCORE! (I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, I went there straight from the office and have left my camera at the hotel... All these photos are from my iPhone4S... When I visit Taipei again, I will bring my camera with me for sure!)
|Lockers for your personal belongings so you can eat in peace|
|See, we are still not the first group even though we already got there short after 6 pm|
|This restaurant is relatively small so it can't really accommodate a party bigger than 8 people.|
Unless you all want to sit at the bar but that kind of selfish, don't you think?
|The table is set and ready for us when we sat down...|
|A drawer of fired charcoal ready to go|
|Open kitchen for us to witness all the actions|
Halfway through dinner, I noticed everyone has short hair. Not sure if it's a requirement or everyone who works there just love their hair short. Everyone who worked here is so young... it made me feel young too :) We had so many rounds of food I could barely move when we finished eating. Everything was really good (if it didn't look tasty, it's my camera's fault... LOL) but if I had to pick my favorites, it would have to be the (1) kimchi (I know we ordered a second round), (2) scallops sashimi with crab roe (we had a second round on this too), (3) Dallas (it's a cut of beef), (4) shrimp, and (5) rice!
|A BBQ is incomplete until you had ice cold beer!|
|I think there is one girl that specialize in grilling shrimps.|
All the shrimp orders were cooked by her.
Watching her grilled the shrimp is fascinating.
Eating it is like "Why did I only ordered one shrimp???"
|Yam is a personal favorite.|
It's lightly grilled so it's still crunchy and juicy inside.
|Up to this point, I have always over-grilled my mushrooms.|
Now I know, they just need a touch of fire and it's ready to be consumed :)
I learned something that day.
Both my co-worker and I are very pleased with the food and service at Hutong and I can't wait to return. I have been telling my friends about this gem whenever they come to me for advise on what to eat in Taipei (although none of them actually went yet - so why ask? :S ). Hutong has quite a few outlets so see which one is the most convenient for you. Remember, book / go early to avoid disappointments.
Hutong #1 (胡同燒肉) (1號店)
No. 17, Dunhua South Road Section 161, Da-an District, Taipei City
Hours: 6:00 PM ~ 00:30 AM (Last Order 11:00 PM)
Capacity: Bar seats x17, 8-person table x2, 6-person table x1
Special Note: A la carte only, 10% service charge added to the bill, Corkage Fee 1~2 bottle NT$300, 3~4 bottles NT$600, etc. For private parties, please call the Restaurant Manager