Abundant global dining at Mitsukoshi Department Store's
updated 9th & 10th floors
By Helen Young
Translated by Anna Yang
While Taichung Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store has always been a key shopping hub in the city, a myriad of trendy new international restaurants and shops added in 2016 as part of a complete overhaul of its ninth and 10th floors has also made it a excellent dining destination.
When elevator doors open on the 10th floor, the long waiting line for Dim Dim Sum Restaurant is often the first thing one sees. Standing out among more traditional dim sum and Cantonese eateries, this place serves dishes that are fresh-made daily, with specialties including items like Crispy Rice Flour Rolls with Shrimps (NT$138), the charmingly-made Piggy Custard Buns (NT$118) and Pineapple Buns with Pineapple Custard Filling (NT$128). Besides Cantonese Cold Milk Tea, drinks like Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Tea help balance out a rich meal.
On the same floor, MAiSEN serves popular, Tokyo-style fried pork filet entrees. The recommended pork loin and tenderloin from Japan and Taiwan, made with the restaurant's specially-made bread crumbs and sauce, are the final word in tastiness among deep-fried pork filet dishes. Other top choices here include Deep-Fried Food Appetizers (NT$490) and the Japanese best-seller Pork Filet Sandwich, served with a crunchy filet that is scrumptious, but not overpowering. To ensure quality, the frying oil is inspected three times per day and changed regularly. Besides Deep-Fried Pork Filet Combo Meals, a variety of other menu options includes a la carte orders, curry and Donburi (rice bowl) entrees, deep-fried items, drinks and desserts. Unlimited rice and shredded lettuce are included free of charge.
Among a number of other well-known places sharing the same floor are Ippudo Ramen, Mia Cucina, Jamba Juice from the United States, Thaitown Thai Food, HOPS, and Kaneko Hannosuke Tedon (fried tempura). Head one floor down and you'll also encounter steak restaurant 301 Boulevard, a new store co-owned by Danny Teng (a.k.a. Taiwan's "Father of Steaks") and Hoshino Resort. Comparing to Teng's other restaurant--MeatGQ, 301 Boulevard (named after the department store's street address) offers relaxing, American-style family dining with recommended selections like U.S. Premium Ribeye, Fillet Mignon, and New York Steak, plus French imported Gillardeau Oysters offered twice a week, freshly-made Boston Pasta, and the high-end Truffle Foie Gras Burger. A range of a la carte appetizers, pizzas and desserts are also served.
For hotpot lovers, Kanpai Group's Kurogeya restaurant serves a soup base made with dried bonito and seaweed, plus high-end vegetable and meat ingredients, for individual and shared hotpots. Although this restaurant recommends the Australian black-haired beef, Taiwanese Yunlin black chicken, Yilan Yiyang Farm pork, Spanish Iberico Pork, and South African lobsters are also very popular. There are Shabu-Shabu and Hakata Mizutaki hotpot styles as well as seasonal options, and diners may choose from a variety of meat, vegetable and mushroom choices and enjoy these with the included special sesame sauce, plus rice, fried rice, ramen, fruit, and dessert.
The ninth floor's diversity of lunch and dinner eateries stand out with other destinations including Rice Bar, Kenmochiya Eel Rice, and Liang Ban Korean Barbecue. The renovations on both floors that introduced these additions also has resulted in a more spacious, tidy and attractive dining environment, making this a perfect place to stop, relax and fill up your stomach with something you like after a lots of shopping.
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store
301, Taiwan Blvd, Sec 3, Xitun Dist
Hours: weekdays 11 am-10 pm, holidays 10:30 am-10 pm
Dim Dim Sum: (04) 2254- 2271 (no reservations)
MAiSEN: (04) 2250- 0988 (no reservations)
301 Boulevard: (04) 2250- 3636 (reservations accepted)
Kurogeya: (04) 2258-7551 (reservations accepted)