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TAINAN DINING FEATURE

FYI SOUTH Magazine, October 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 10

Roppongi
171, Sanduo 3rd Road. Lingya
(07) 333-4331
Hours: 11:30 am -2:30 pm; 5:30 -9:30 pm

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At Roppongi's, what goes around comes around!

By Dan Bloom Translated by Ruby Li

        What goes around comes around. Sushi, that is.

        Fresh raw fish served in bite-sized bits atop vinegar rice ("sushi") is as popular in Taiwan as it is in Japan. Local restaurateurs have adopted the Japanese spin on service, too, that has become a hit island wide. We're talking about conveyor belt sushi shops, or "kaiten-sushi" ("kaiten" meaning "to revolve" in Japanese) - inexpensive family restaurants that feature plates of sushi, sashimi, assorted salads, vegetables and fruit dishes that go round and round, hour after hour, until there's hardly anything left.

        While delighting in the pleasures of sushi in a refined, traditional restaurant is one of life's finest experiences, eating at a conveyor belt sushi shop is another kind of encounter. The fish is fresh and tasty, but it's not gourmet dining, by any stretch of the imagination. Service is quick, efficient and reasonable, mainly because there is no need for wait staff.

        Roppongi, Kaohsiung's only kaiten sushi joint, is just a chopstick's length away from the Sogo, Mitsukoshi and FE-21 department stores for a quick bite after shopping. The restaurant is named after a trendy district in the heart of Tokyo and it affords fun dining, as you might expect. Just pull up a chair and scan the belt for choices - the bill is calculated on the number of dishes stacked before you. (NT$40/plate; unlimited dishes for NT$298-lunch and NT$350-dinner). Tea is provided. Or, you can order some good Taiwan or Japanese beer, or miso shiru (a cloudy soy based broth with chunks of tofu and seaweed).

        If the world of sushi is not only your oyster, but also your ika (squid), your maguro (tuna) or your uni (untranslatable), Roppongi makes the perfect place to plop yourself down at a long winding counter of fresh fish and indulge.

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