Yi Sheng Xuan Ming
149, HuiLai Rd, Sec 1
Hours:11:30 am-2 pm, 5-9 pm
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
Like the Japanese Samurai who devoted their lives working the land appointed to them by their master, chefs at this classy Japanese-style restaurant serve customers with the same kind of spirit. Their focus is quality Kaiseki cuisine, as they prepare dishes with traditional, hand-crafted techniques. Presented with classic European-style tableware, every dish resembles a unique work of art. Business set lunches (NT$680 or NT$880) include items like sashimi plates, eel, grilled mackerel and seafood curry. There are no set-menu choices at dinner time. Instead, patrons can pick out their own favorites and ask the chefs to prepare them, with meals starting at NT$1,500 per person. --By Niang Chen, translated by Ann Lee
A. Assorted Sashimi Plate (NT$960)--This includes a variety of fresh, seasonal items such as botan shrimp, sailfish, salmon tripe, salmon roe, raw Hokkaido scallops, Japanese yellowtail kingfish, and snapper. The botan shrimp is smeared with some caviar to bring out its unique flavors. Try the chef's homemade marinated salmon roe, savoring its fragrant texture on your tongue when you take a bite.
B. The Eel & Rice Set (NT$680) comes with an appetizer, salad dish, a type of grilled meat with soft bones, a steamed egg cup dish, miso soup, dessert and some Japanese green tea. The eel is placed on the grill for just the right amount of time to reach a soft, flavorful texture, before being placed on a layer of mayonnaise and rice. A mixture of seasonings like olive oil, cheese and mustard (slightly salty) also add flavors to this dish, which is popular for its combination of ingredients.