7 Taiwan Eateries Using Japanese Ingredients
Torarakuya — Curry Spice & Everything Nice
Torarakuya is a Japanese-style curry and coffee shop opened by a team consisting of a mother and siblings raised in Taiwan, hoping to carry on the flavor of the Japanese-style curry that they learned how to prepare from their grandfather who had immigrated to Kyushu, Japan.
Kazekomichi — Warm Up Surrounded by Wood
Run by Mr. and Mrs. Wakimoto from Japan, this is a Japanese restaurant where you can feel the warmth of the wooden surroundings. In this neighborhood, which is home to a large number of cafés and bars, the serene, unmistakably Japanese look of Kazekomichi catches the eye.
RAW — The Best Restaurant in Taiwan 2017
RAW is said to be the most difficult restaurant to reserve in all of Taiwan. The reasons for the restaurant’s constant popularity since its opening in 2014 lie in its putting fresh ingredients to good use in imaginative and creative ways and its menu which breaks the year into 24 micro-seasons.
Kokuraya — Revel in the Power of Unagi
Inaka-an, which specializes in unagi (eel) and has its home in Kokura, Kitakyushu, is a famous restaurant that has been selected by the Michelin Guide as a “Bib Gourmand” restaurant, offering good value and good quality cooking. Kokuraya opened in Taipei City in 2017 as Inaka-an’s first overseas branch.
RÒU — Only the Freshest Meat Selected Here
RÒU by T-HAM opened in 2016 as a directly managed store of T-HAM. The name of the upscale store, which faces onto the tree-lined Dunhua South Road, means "meat" in Chinese. It is a "select meat shop" that serves meat specially selected to be safe and delicious.
MAiSEN — Mega-Popular Japanese Restaurant Taking Over Taipei
Maisen, which specializes in deep fried pork cutlets, first opened its doors in 1965. It is a long-awaited addition to the Japanese restaurants that have been opening up nearly every week in Taipei. Taiwan is the third overseas venture for Maisen after Thailand and the Philippines, and there are now branches in Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung.
Lu Qun — Taste Traditional Flavors of Edomae-Style of Sushi
Lu Qun Sushi is a cozy sushi restaurant with only 13 counter seats available located near Linsen North Road, an area of Taipei in which many Japanese restaurants are located, and right next to Xinsheng North Road. The restaurant’s neat and clean counter and quiet atmosphere will give you the feeling that you have stepped into a hideaway sushi restaurant somewhere in Japan the moment you walk through the door.