On our final days in Taipei, this foodie experience was the one we had been waiting all week for. Reservations should be made at least several days before, walk-ins would be really hard. We already called up to block our slot when we first arrived in Taipei 5 days ago.
This entire block was pretty much covered by Mitsui enterprise. There are several outlets of Mitsui here, each outlet designed to fit different needs. You have one that is more like a grocery store where one buys to-go meals, another for casual dining but the one we aimed for was Mitsui Cuisine.
Mitsui is widely acclaimed to serve one of the best Jap food in the country, with fresh seafood produce regularly flown in from Japan itself.
This was how it looked like from the outside. The opening hours start from 11.00am, but we were already lingering around the area since 10.30am. Showed excited we were to makan makan here!
Ahem, yes. The minimum price per pax for the set meal was RM120. We took the Shang Fang and the Seasonal set. Oh well, I closed my eyes and just splurged. Told myself it was like having a meal in Sage.
Now…. I await to be WOW-ed. And I was literally WOW-ed!
Alright, apart from the slightly slack service by our waitress who asked us less questions regarding our set meal choices, whilst I overheard the same waiter asking much more regarding food pairing to the table next to us who were local patrons. Hmph.
First stop: freshly sliced assorted sashimis, and the select cuts were chosen by our waitress based on how we answered her questions earlier.
The photo would have told you the whole story. By far the freshest sashimi I had ever eaten. Even better than my sashimi experience in Kyoto. I rained down invisible tears of joy eating each slice.
The golden glistening uni tasted heavenly. From its texture you could tell, how amazing it tasted.
And oh yeah, Asahi beer was served to us in a small pint glass, and the glass was a pre-chilled one, with the Asahi constantly refilled by our waiter once the beer level dropped. Talk about good service! Oops, and yes it was only 11.30am when we had our Asahi. Teeheeheehee.
The salads came with snow crab and abalone, grilled corn and sliced apples, with a light dressing. The snow crab was so fresh, juicy and sweet. Oh my gosh! Even by now I felt my RM 170 was worth every penny of it.
We were continuously WOW-ed through every dish that came along. This grilled saba slice, drizzled over with sweetened spicy creamy sauce, gave a 360 twist to the cold dishes served earlier. Getting our tongue palate and tummy gears ready for the mains!
More grilled snow crab parts with ginko on the side. Succulent. Sweet. Fresh. Meaty. I was utterly speechless over how delicious every dish was!
Grilled giant prawns. Everything was FRESH. The prawns were also so sweet, juicy and meaty. Every dish presented came with class and finesse.
I ain’t joking over how succulent and juicy the snow crab was. Smooches!
The grilled fishes were spiced just about right, salty enough, and grilled just nice to form the brown crunchy layer outside but once you dived in the middle, the sparkling white meat would show. Fresh beyond words.
This, was my ultimate favourite. Best of best. Top favourite dish among all served here. A slice of wagyu beef. Look closely, you could see the marbled texture of meat and fat. MY GOSH. Invisible tears ran down again after putting it into my mouth. The meat was so soft, tender and so perfectly flavoured. How is this possible!?
This deep fried scallops with ginkos was the only dish I thought was a let down. The outer batter layer did not stick well with the scallops and the taste was average.
The snow crab soup, was a creamy rendition. So sweet, and so full of flavour, and all from the natural sweetness of the crab meat. So so so so so so good!
I am no fan of clams, but even I had to admit how good the broth was. Could you see how clear the broth is? Yet, it was full of flavours, strong taste of the clams as if they were cooked for a long time to achieve the flavour. AMAZING.
Frankly, after the first few dishes, I was actually full already but they were so delicious there was no way I could waste any single portion of them. Even for desserts, no exception! The cut fruit slices were beautifully displayed and the ice cream were so creamy, and the sweetness tasted so natural. If I had a tub of it, I’d probably finished it over a 30-minute sitcom.
Mitsui satisfaction factor: 200%!!!!
For RM 170, I got to eat so many good quality dishes, and I would have ended up paying RM 500 or so in KL for the food quality being 10 times worse.
To all foodieventurers who are touring Taipei, I strongly recommend you to invest your time and money here, the quality and quantity is worth every penny and they are as good if not even better than some of the good Jap places in Japan itself.
I am definitely saving since then, for my next trip back to Taipei, and definitely to Mitsui!