Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Shabu Shabu @ Mihan 101, Taipei

This was my final night in Taipei and coincidentally Ian’s as well. We met up for dinner but Ian wanted to eat Japanese while I wanted to eat Hot Pot. Bickering over the issue for 30 minutes we finally settled on visiting Taipei 101 and go from there.

Choosing a restaurant at 101 wasn’t difficult as most of the restaurants were situated on the 4th floor. We struck a compromise when we saw Mihan 101 who was offering an “All-You-Can-Eat” Shabu-Shabu with an ala Carte menu serving a variety of Japanese dishes.

The “All-You-Can-Eat” Menu was very limited and only included Salad, Dried Fish Soup Base, Assorted Vegetables, Choice of Beef or Pork and a Tofu Dessert. I was upset about the lack of dumplings, fish balls, vegetables, tofu and all the extras that is usually offered in many similar buffets. To top it all off the only thing “All-You-Can-Eat” was the pork and beef. Salad, Vegetables and Dessert is only given once.

Unique Shabu Shabu Pot
Tofu Dessert

My mood was better when our Shabu-Shabu arrived and the waitress laid down the amazingly well marbled beef and pork. Sliced paper-thin the beef melts in your mouth and the pork had such a strong flavor. It was so good I doubt I would have ordered all the extras even if they offered it. Mihan so far serves the best meats for a Hot Pot buffet that I’ve had.

Very Marbled Beef
Paper-Thin Pork
Shabu Shabu

The ala-Carte offered the usual Japanese Fare and also included imported meats such as Matsuzaka Pork and Beef for Shabu-Shabu. We ordered assorted Sashimi and Hamachi Shioyaki. The sashimi was fresh but this was my first assorted Sashimi platter that did not include Salmon. Hamachi Shioyaki was grilled quite nice but I would have preferred the skin a little more charred to give it a crispier texture.

Assorted Sashimi
Hamachi Shioyaki

Overall I really enjoyed the Shabu-Shabu here. Service was good as our waitress kept asking us if we wanted to add more beef or pork. The ala Carte dishes were decent and a little pricey. Dinner for two was NT $3,000.

Food: 3.6/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Price: $$$$ (Under USD $50 per person)

Contact Information
4F, No. 45, Shihfu Road, Sinyi District, Taipei City 110, Taiwan
Tel: +886-8101-8166
Web: www.grandformosa.com.tw

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