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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE,
Lane 6, ChungShan N. Rd., Sec. 2
Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm; 5:30-9:30pm
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Japanese kaiseki cuisine
By Josephine Lin Translation
by Yvonne Chen
Hidden in an alleyway off ChungShan North Road, Chutien
is a humble establishment with warm Japanese ambiance. Asked
why it is called an eatery but serves upscale kaiseki dishes,
the owner, A-Ray, says modestly: ¡§It¡¦s because we receive
each customer and prepare each dish with a reverent heart.
Featured Kaiseki Course (NT$800), an eight-dish
set from appetizer to dessert, lets you savor a complete
kaiseki meal. The foods and cooking methods change
with season. The main dish, however, is always exceptionally
fresh lobster. This season¡¦s ¡§Tomato Lobster¡¨--grilled
lobster with a special tomato sauce--is an appetizing
red. The ¡§Mullet Pumpkin Bun,¡¨ mullet slices sandwiched
in a homemade pumpkin bun, has a special flavor. Fresh
¡§Steamed Ghana Truffle¡¨ is nutritious and high in
fiber. Nagoya ¡§chilled soba,¡¨ chewy buckwheat noodles
dipped in a delectable sauce, is quite tasty. The
¡§Fresh raw fish liver¡¨ a cold plate of precious
monkfish liver, Assorted sashimi Japanese salad
and fresh dessert, are visual and palatal treats.
The a la carte menu offers scrumptious treats. ¡§Steamed
miso crab¡¨ (NT$200) uses fresh crabmeat with shell,
flown in from Japan, steamed to seal in its succulence.
¡§Seafood benne tofu¡¨ (NT$150) is deep-fried tofu
resembling benne paste filled with fresh scallops,
shrimps, and ginkgo.
Acknowledged as offering fair-priced kaiseki cuisine,
the Chutien Japanese Eatery has a quiet atmosphere,
friendly service, and delicious Japanese dishes--reasons
why regular customers continue to recommend this place.