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Lawry’s

20 May

I was invited to this steakhouse which was pretty hard to find actually since it’s in the basement of a company building. What was funny is that if you say that’s your birthday, you can get a free dessert, so we saw not less than 3 birthday during the evening. Outside that, we chose the smallest meat piece (for diet they said), a 6oz steak which was already huge, like twice as big as what you usually get in a French restaurant.The room is pretty big and tried to be classy however the outfits of the waiters and cook ruin the all so it turns out to be a comical and quirky place.

The corn weren’t that good, too creamy, same for the spinach. Actually it was more cream with spinach than spinach with cream. The purée was good and handmade. The steak a little too hard and with too many nerves. Expensive and not that good compared to the meat from the Teppanyaki i tried last time. Fortunately we had a good wine, a Bordeaux Supérieur Lafite Monteil that we finished before the meat arrived.

Lawry’s
105 Songren Rd.
Xinyi, Taipei

 

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New Hama – Teppanyaki

9 May

I was invited to New Hama, a Japanese restaurant in Zhongxiao Dunhua area.

The restaurant is located in the basement, but it’s really large and a little classy but in the Chinese way i would say. As an appetizer, we had some raw veggies with sauce, and a some pumkin soup, really creamy. You can choose between a pumpkin and an onion soup. The garlic butter bread given with it was horrible though. I think i’ve never tasted a bread as bad as this. Too dry, tasteless. However it was the only bad thing of the diner.

Then we had some fish with fried onions. The fish was really good and at the perfect temperature, warm but not hot, and the veggies were not too greezy as they often are, which usually make them tasteless. Here they were cooked but a little and not in a liquid. 

Then we had scallops (I think it was, i didn’t recognize the word in English) and a mushroom. The scallops were also nicely cooked, but they had a really different taste, softer than usual. I prefered these one.
Then a salad, you can choose your sauce. If I want to be picky, i would say tha again, that’s not a real salad, but i totally gave up on eating a proper salad in Taiwan. That’s just not possible.

And the main dish, Australian steak. Sooooo good! I miss meat so much here, and this one was delicious! I mean, teppanyaki is a really good way to cook meat, but this one was really really good. With yellow wasabi, soy sauce and onions, that was to kill for.

If you can, go there. But that’s not cheap: the minimum is 2,400NTD.

Also, I tried a new product. You like whisky, tea and don’t like having a headache the next morning after drinking?
Then you should like Onore King, which is a brand that produces a whisky based on tea (but ou actually don’t feel the tea) and with which you can’t have headache the next day, even though you drank a bottle. It’s pretty strong, but it’s quite good.

NCCU – Beef Noodles

9 May

I’ve been in Taiwan for 9 months now and i still hadn’t tried Taiwanese most famous dish with Stinky Tofu, the Beef Noodles. Some students told me that a shop around the campus is supposed to be one of the best of the city, so i decided to take beef noodles in take-away.

I have to  say first that i am a pasta lover, but Italian pasta, not asian ones. And this dish didn’t change my mind. You have a lot of soup, a broth with cabbage, carrot, beef. It has more flavor than the one i tried but there is always a special taste that you find everywhere in the soups or juicy things, i don’t know what it is, but i’m a little bored to taste it all the time.
What i like is that you have real beef pieces inside, that’s really nice. And it’s not only fat as in some other restaurants. The noodles are nice, but have less flavor than the italian ones.The size overall is quite big, but if you don’t drink the soup, you leave half of the dish, so it’s ok.

牛老大- Chef Beef Noodles

18 Nov

In Shida, the night market excluded, you can find a lot of places to eat. So we tried this one woth some friends.
The specialty there was fried noodles. There were different than the one we have near the university but still i had already tried those big noodles in a soup last time. So it was not a big surprise. They were ok, but not that amazing, not too oily and there were some vegetables, which was great.
The onion pancake was bad. That’s one of my favorite thing here (and also one of the first thing i tried when i arrived). But this one was too oily, without much onion inside, and too chewy. Not good.

In the end, that’s a nice restaurant if you want original fried noodles to change once in a while, but that’s not THE place to eat in the area and the noodles in themselves are quite plain concerning taste.

Restaurant Sanshia

24 Oct

The Taiwanese students brought us to a typical restaurant. I was able to recognize to dishes that i had already tried, but the discovery of the day was the fried tofu (the biggest picture). That’s really good! Otherwise, as usual: a tofu soup, cabbage, tofu and oysters (didn’t try this one, you know why), chicken, omelette with shrimps, pig blood, bamboo, mushrooms, beef and onions, and beef and cabbage. Nice, but the beef and onion wasn’t that great because of the meat.

The Left Hand restaurant – NCCU

18 Oct

I had already talked about this restaurant, but now i have the video. Unfortunately for me, the day i filmed, the cook was slow compare to last time (well there were far less people too), but still, he’s doing quite well.

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