The Michelin Guide, Taipei – My thoughts

“Taipei is a city that has incredibly rich gastronomic history and the variety of cuisines available is amazing. Taipei has also given birth to a truly dynamic and innovative dining scene—much to the delight of a local clientele that is ever more curious to discover new flavors and different experiences.”, Michael Ellis, International Director of the Michelin Guides.

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Walk down almost any back street in Taipei and you’ll stumble across a plethora of different restaurants and/or street stalls. Some a mere months old, others 50+ years old. Food culture runs deep through the veins of the Taiwanese, but it’s great to see new places popping up regularly, too.

Check here for the full list of restaurants covered, or click any link below for the ones awarded stars.

Three Michelin stars: Le Palais

Two Michelin stars: RyuGin, and The Guest House

One Michelin star: Da-Wan, Danny’s Steakhouse, Golden Formosa, Ken An Ho, Kitcho, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, La Cocotte by Fabien Verge, Longtail, Ming Fu, MUME, RAW, Sushi Nomura, Sushi Ryu, Tairroir, Three Coins, Tien Hsiang Lo, Ya Ge

So, unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of eating at each restaurant on the list. However, I have managed to tick off 4, but didn’t take any pics at La Cocotte by Fabian Verge… Pics of the others are below:

MUME

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Expect delicious food and modest prices.

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Fresh flavours and colourful dishes.

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Perfectly executed.

RAW

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I confess I went when RAW first opened a little while back. It was fun, playful, and delicious!

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This was one of my favourite dishes of the day: peas with peanut butter.

Golden Formosa

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I’m not Taiwanese, but I think this is the sort of thing that “Grandma used to make”.

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Not usually a fan of this, I could have annihilated the entire bowl.

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Crispy pork to die for.

I feel like if the Michelin Guide give out Michelin stars to restaurants in Asia, then they should be the same sort of class that you will find in Europe, America etc etc. However, from what I have seen, it doesn’t seem quite like that. A 3 Michelin Starred place in England such as that of Le Gavroche or The Araki in London, seem completely different to that of Le Palais in Taipei. I see some inconsistencies in some of the selections, which I guess I wasn’t expecting.

Next up on my list:

L’atelier de Joel Robuchon – 1 Michelin Star. This place looks incredible, owned by internationally renowned French chef Joel Robuchon. I’ve been told to expect classical French food, served with incredible wine. What’s not to love? Price seems steep, though…

Longtail – 1 Michelin Star. European food at its finest. Sister restaurant to Chou Chou, Longtail looks to test the boundaries a little more

 

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