Jin Japanese Restaurant
31, HuaMei W. St, Sec. 1, West Dist.
Hours: 5 pm-2 am
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
This simple-looking Japanese restaurant offers all sorts of delicious grilled items, sashimi and live seafood. The restaurant's "Jin" name is the owner Mr. Cheng's nickname, given by his grandparents when he was little. Cheng also served as famous Taiwanese baseball player Yuen-chih Kuo's personal chef for 10 years when Kuo was playing for a Japanese team. Despite its cozy size, Jin still offers a good variety, including some rare seafood items. To accent the original flavors and freshness of his dishes, the owner recommends enjoying them with some salt and white sesame. --By Uvia Chang, translated by Angel PuPu
Assorted Sashimi (seasonally priced) includes Japanese mackerel pike, sailfish, salmon and shrimp with freshly-ground wasabi.
The creative Abalone dish (NT$250/piece) is marinated with a specially-made sauce. The sliced melon, onions, cucumbers and black vinegar create a very unique, delicious flavor that pairs well with the abalone.
The live crabs (NT$70 per 50 grams) are plump and fresh.