11, Lane 26, WuQuan W 5th St, West Dist
Hours: 11:30 am-3:30 pm, 6-10 pm (closed Mon)
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
The owner here ensures that customers feel at home while enjoying high-end, quality hot pots. Located on a quiet alley, the restaurant building once served as US military housing and has been rebuilt and transformed into an elegant, white Japanese zen-style building with a graceful interior, 30 seats, a bar, private dining rooms and dining areas. All hot pot set meals start from NT$780 and are served in a high-quality Japanese Cocotte pot, which preserves the natural flavors of savory ingredients and mixed-vegetable soup base. The recommended, rarely-seen Picnic Shoulder (NT$880) from Mailiao, Yunlin county is tender and non-greasy, and the set includes an appetizer, stewed pork tendons, vegetable dishes, and broth-made congee, finished up with oolong tea or a sweet soup. Other menu options include Sashimi Donburi (from NT$380), which comes with a wasabi-flavored octupus side dish, miso soup and a beverage. --By Ruby Wu, translated by Julie Chen