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The Taipei Dining Scene in the Media: 2015

Taipei’s food scene has been making the rounds of the magazines this year, even without the embarrassment of having voted ourselves into CNN’s top food poll. (Shrug – I suppose it would be scandalous if it weren’t true). We’ve gotten mentions in Conde Nast Traveller, as well as a few Hong Kong-based magazines (including one article written by yours truly). Although Taiwan has always had a hovering presence in the major travel publications, these articles are refreshing in that they actually acknowledge the presence of a foodie scene in Taiwan outside of the night markets, Din Tai Fung, and Yongkang Beef Noodles.

A few places stood out from the rest with multiple mentions – as a features writer that often gets tasked to write about Taipei, I find myself struggling not to automatically reach for these “foodie favorites”. There’s a reason they’re mentioned again and again though – they’re emblematic of the city’s foot forward onto the international stage; a re-focus on Taiwan’s home-town strengths: varied agricultural offerings and classical elements of traditional culture reinvented by a global design aesthetic.

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MUME: Helmed by the NOMA-trained Richie Lin (who I profiled for Spottly Insider Magazine), MUME aims to offer casual fine dining, creating minimalist dishes that have a definitive “sense of place” in Taiwan.

28 Siwei Road, Daan District, Taipei City (台北市大安區四維路28號) – mentions in HK fine food and wine mag Le Pan, Conde Nast Traveller, HK-based luxury mag The Peak

RAW: Andre Chiang’s Taipei venture opened in December and is still the most coveted table in the city, combining classic French techniques with local Taiwanese ingredients and flavors.

301 Lequn 3rd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City (台北市中山區樂群三路301號) – mentions in The Peak, Le Pan, Conde Nast Traveller, Wallpaper*

OUNCE: Staffed with world-class bartenders, this speak-easy style bar focuses on the enjoyment of classic cocktails as their first priority, but a menu-less system focused on customers’ palates ensures that local fruits and flavors are being served up nightly in creative concoctions.

No. 40, Lane 63, Dunhua South Road Section 2, Daan District, Taipei City (台北市大安區敦化南路二段63巷40號) – mentions in Le Pan, Conde Nast Traveller, an older feature in Travel + Leisure Asia 

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Beautifully garnished dish at RAW

A few others that haven’t got as much love, but I would recommend:

TUA CULTURE: With a recent opening in NYC’s West Village, TUA’s take on “nouveau Taiwanese” certainly doesn’t lack fans. Feast on steamed fish with green onion and pig knuckle – and top it all off with a cart of hand-made French pastries, made in-house (yes). 

No. 15-1, Lane 44 SiWei Rd., Da’an Dist. Taipei City (106台北市大安區四維路44巷15-1號)

Ephernite: I’ve been seeing the name pop up in articles besides MUME and RAW – and a quick glance at their mentions (most in local Chinese media) confirms that this French bistro is indeed a casual fine dining contender.

No. 233, Section 2, Anhe Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan (台北市大安區安和路二段233號)

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