GenTeishoku (GuanCian Branch)
22, GuanCian Rd, 2F
Hours: 11 am-10 pm
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
Genteishoku, known for its tasty Japanese rice-based dishes, recently opened another branch near the Taipei rail station. This new branch uses a well-known rice that originates from the Japanese town of Niigata but is grown in Yilan. When customers finish ordering their meals, chefs then start cooking the rice. The most unique rice entrees here are the 'Tu Guo Fan' and 'Fu Fan' (which takes about 15 minutes to make). The special NT$168 Genteishoku Meal Set is also very popular. If you order the Pumpkin & Rice a la carte it's NT$128, but adding just NT$100 extra will also get you your choice of dessert and a beverage. --By Josie Wu, translated by Ann Lee
A. The Fu Fan meal set (serves two, NT$888) comes with plenty of items, including appetizers, steamed egg in a cup, salad, sashimi plate or beef kebabs, a vinegar drink, chicken roll or fried shrimp tempura, a seafood hot pot, and dessert. There are three Fu Fan sets on the menu and the store manager recommends the Salmon and Rice set. Chefs cook this at medium heat until the juicy salmon absorbs all the rich flavors. Then the rice is cooked on low heat for a truly healthy, tasty meal that exudes delicious aromas before you take a bite.
B. Bo Duo Garlic Beef Tendon Hot Pot (NT$278) is worth trying. The native Japanese chef puts beef tendons and beef leg strips into the pot and cooks them for hours until they turn tender and soft, before throwing in ingredients like leeks, seven-spices powder and some garlic slices for flavor. The Jin Rong Chicken Steak Meal (NT$238) and Ba Li Ba Li Stone Pot and Rice (NT$238) are both new menu items that you might also want to try.