Mitsui Japanese Cuisine 三井日式料理

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Started in 1992, this well known Japanese restaurant has since expanded to a total of 7 restaurants in Taipei. It is known to cater to the upper crust of Taipei. Due to its popularity, a reservation is a must to dine in this original outlet.

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Valet service is provided by the restaurant, so one does not have to worry where to park down the narrow street. The restaurant is decorated in a rather dark looking but stylish way. Cover is provided to protect bags during the meal. A hot cup of roasted tea is served upon sat down. Hot towel is also served too on a bamboo stand.

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For lunch, it offers omakase sets priced at NT$1200, NT$1600, NT$2200, and NT$2800. Each set is about 8 to 10 course meal. Please note that there is also a service charge of 10%. As it has been quite awhile since I last dined here, I decide to take the NT$2200 set lunch. After deciding which set to take up, the staff goes through with about what item and style of cooking would I have for each course. All these information are keyed into the tablet as she speaks.

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I start with Sashimi Moriawase, served on a bowl of crushed ice. There is shrimp, scallop, tuna, yellowtail and hirame.

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2nd course is a serving of Sea Urchin on top of shredded Chinese Yam. An interestin combination as chinese yam is usually used as purée in Japanese dishes.

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3rd course is Abalone Salad. Sliced abalone in a shell, on top of the salad. There is apple, dragon fruit, dou miao (first time I am having this salad), tomato, cucumber and lettuce, tossed with pozu dressing. Light and crunchy, but a bit too salty on the bottom. The additional of dou miao seems out of place in this dish.

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4th course is the Grilled King Crab Leg. The leg is meaty and juicy. There is also roasted ginkgo nuts.

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For palate cleanser, there is a small cup of sourness tasting seaweed.

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5th course, there is Grilled Cod Fish which tastes very meaty and juicy. Best of all it is boneless. Oh I am now very full.

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6th course, is Roasted Raw Beef, served with Pozu Sauce. Very tender and smooth piece of meat.

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7th course, is deep fried shrimp which quite beautifully looking. I am expecting tempura prawn but it turns up without any batter.

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Followed by the soup course which I have oyster soup. It is quite a big serving with a huge juicy oyster in it. Very plain looking, but full of flavours. Note that soup is non refillable as it is cooked upon order.

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Lastly for dessert, there is a choice of hot red bean soup, black sesame ice-cream, matcha ice-cream and peanut ice-cream. I have selected black sesame ice-cream which served with a slice of very sweet rock melon. The ice-cream is very smooth and flavourful. It is served with a cup of light green tea. Hi all, a note here, if you ask nicely the staff maybe happy to serve you an additional serving of dessert.

Total damages per person : NT$2200+10%service charge = NT$2,420.

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As one of us is having birthday today, the staff also serves us cakes. Extra service***!

PS: Remember to pay a visit to the restroom before you go off. The toilet seat is heated warmly and the cover can open automatically as one enters.

Mitsui Japanese Cuisine 三井日式料理
Address : No. 30, Nóng’ān St, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104 ‎台北市農安街30號
Tel : +886 2 2594 3394
Operating Hours : 11:30AM ~ 2:30PM (last order 2:00pm), 5:30AM ~ 10:30PM (last order 9:20pm)
Website : http://www.mitsuitaipei.com.tw/zh/index.html

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