Dain Ti Hill
521, WenXin Rd, Sec 1, 1F (Carrefour)
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm,
holidays 11 am-9 pm
10% service charge. Credit cards accepted.
Parking available (Carrefour).
Taipei's Dain Ti Hill Restaurant has opened this Taichung branch, offering various Japanese delicacies such as temaki (hand-rolled sushi), sushi, sashimi, don (rice bowls), teisyoku (meal sets) and hotpots. The Japanese chefs here come up with new, innovative courses and connect local diners to the hippest Japanese creative cuisine. --By Niang Chen, translated by Naomi Lai
A. Combining both the cultured and the chic, Dain Ti Hill features a more cosmopolitan atmosphere, with an open, bright and clean dining space symbolizing this establishment's commitment to professionalism.
B. The Hakata Style Garlic Flavored Beef Intestine Hotpot (NT$688/2 people) uses milky white pork bone stock mixed with vegetable broth, large quantities of cabbage, leeks, garlic and chili peppers as its base. The thick soup compliments the flavorful, tender beef intestines, beef stomach, pork intestines and bacon, and items like tofu are delightful after soaking up all the rich pork broth. You can mix your rice and broth after you're done with the hotpot and create a lovely porridge with some chopped scallions and white sesame. Side dishes like a salad, steamed egg and Shiso (Perilla) with Chinese Yam and Tomato are also included.
C. Also recommended is the Osaka Style Pork Teppanyaki (NT$688/2 people). Its iron plate is piled with bean sprouts that you can cook while you eat. Add some sesame rice or noodles after you've finished the meat to soak up the remaining juices--a wonderful ending to a satisfying meal. For dessert, try the Red Bean Mucha Agar Sundae (NT$100) with plenty of red beans, mucha (finely-milled green tea), vanilla ice cream and mucha agar jelly.