Hachibei Hakata Yakitori Taiwan Branch
Words & photo by Josie Wu
Translated by Angela Cheng
19, SongGao Rd, Ln. 10, 6F XinYi Dist. (Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A4 building, 6F)
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5 pm-12 am
10% service charged, credit cards accepted, Chinese and Japanese menu
The Kanpai Group's optimistism about Taiwanese eating, drinking and food culture has led to them establishing Hachibei Hakata Yakitori at Taipei's Xinyi Shin Kong Mitsukoshi to become the first branch outside Japan. Hachibei was founded in 1983 in Fukuoka and now has just turned 30. In Hakata, Fukuoka there is even a specific "yakitor" street which has the most yakitori places in town. Now Hachibei is introducing these Japanese delicate skewers to Taiwanese guests with its 30 year heritage techniques.
Hachibei mainly uses Taiwan local ingredients to offer quality yakitori, such as red feathers. With its moderate fat, Gui-ding Hen from Chiayi, Taiwan outshines "smelly" Ilan black pork and Australia beef and of which Kanpai Group is most proud. Hachibei primary serves set meals and now weekday lunches have set meal choices for 4 yakitori (NT$780) and 6 yakitori (NT$980) and other times serves two kinds of set meal for NT$1,480 (not including beef) and NT$1,680 and they also have a la carte menu including marbled pork skewers, chicken skewers, onion chicken leg skewers, chicken liver skewers, Australia beef diaphragm skewers, Australia beef Sukiyaki (Japanese dish) skewers, chicken wing skewers, golden chicken ball skewers and all are very exciting options.
Hachibei has in total 75 seats including 4 private rooms. One of the VIP rooms has its own aisle. If it is your first time, we recommend sitting in front of the barbecue bar so that you can see the chef sprinkle the salt deftly with one hand, which is a nice view under the lights and smoke. The chef sprays wine sometimes, using a feather fan to control the fire.
A. Kanpai Group attaches great importance to their Hachibei Bar at the restaurant entrance in an open public space and hired well-known Japanese bartender Mr. Kon Masahiro to teach their staff. Besides dining here, customers can also enjoy cocktails and various whiskeys.
B. Different from other cozy little yakitori shops, Hachibei's barbecue bar uses Japanese tiles, bamboo, and wooden tables to create outstanding Japanese modern style.
C. The popular dish Beef Sukiyaki Skewers (NT$200) uses beef shoulders with Chrysanthemum, mushrooms and white onion in the middle, dipping sauce and egg yolk.
D. Besides classic Chicken Balls Skewers (NT$100), Hachibei also serves various other items, including with tomato, green peppers, onion, cheese and some mixed with chicken cartilage, green onion and Hachibei's special sauce to be served with sophisticated planning to range from light taste to strong taste. Very delicate yakitori!