Ding Xian Seafood Restaurant
From its position on the 86th floor of the famous Taipei 101 building, Ding Xian Seafood Restaurant offers not only first-class dishes, but spectacular city views as well. In addition to a la carte items, diners can also try one of the set meals which include starters, entrées, and handmade desserts. Lunch-time diners can opt for the value midday set, which is a more affordable yet still filling alternative. Anyone looking for Halal options will be pleased to find that the restaurant is Halal-certified and offers a Muslim meal set.
Jazz aficionados can enjoy a side of live music with their meal over at Brown Sugar. With classy decor reminiscent of New Orleans, this stylish restaurant is hailed as one of the city’s top live music spots. Food-wise, the menu includes Italian favorites like mushroom risotto and seafood spaghetti, as well as steaks and spare ribs. Diners can also enjoy a cocktail while they eat or choose from the restaurant’s extensive wine list. Anyone wanting to show off their dance moves can check out the salsa night held every Sunday. Admission is free, and the event always draws a crowd.
Brown Sugar, No. 101, Songren Rd, Xinyi District, Taipe, Taiwan +886 2 8780 1110
Izumi by Sumi
Positioned next to Brown Sugar not far from Taipei 101, Izumi by Sumi is a must-visit for sushi lovers. The restaurant’s decor is tasteful and cozy, with Japanese details peppered here and there. Diners have plenty of options to choose from, with the menu featuring a wide variety of sushi rolls with names like Dynamite Roll, Formosa Roll and Volcano Roll. Other options include Nigiri, Sashimi, soup and appetizers. Overall, Izumi by Sumi offers up some tasty dishes and is sure to draw diners back again and again.
Izumi by Sumi, No. 101 Song Ren Road, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan +886 2 8780 5265
Rama Thai offers a luxurious dining experience. From its position atop the ATT 4 FUN building, the restaurant has some of the best views in the city. Diners can enjoy a panoramic vista from the balcony, or dine indoors where the interior is modern and sleek. As if all that weren’t enough, the restaurant also features a stunning outdoor pool with a patio and seasonal bar. Rama Thai’s menu is filled with high-quality dishes, with Thai favorites like pad thai, yellow curry, and chicken satay.
Hearty comfort food can be had at Longtable, a family-style restaurant providing high-quality dining in the heart of Taipei. The restaurant’s interior is warm and inviting, with wooden tables and chairs, as well as cozy booths, scattered throughout. Longtable is a perfect choice for special events and family dinners. The menu’s tasty options range from breakfast to dessert, with entrées including pastas, risottos, and burgers. Diners with a bit of a sweet tooth can try the strawberry crème brûlée, apple crumble, or luxurious chocolate lava cake.
Longtable, No. 91 SongRen Road, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan +886 2 2345 3670
Known for its signature bagels, Good Cho’s is a quirky little haunt housed in an old military housing structure. The cafe is loved by both locals and expats who come in droves for the restaurant’s famous bagels. Featured as a top choice by Lonely Planet, Good Cho’s also serves coffee and tea, as well as quiche, scones, bagel sandwiches and other light fare. After dining, visitors can wander through Simple Life, an in-house shop selling locally grown produce, stationery, and various consumer products.
Good Cho’s, No. 54, Songqin Street, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan +886 2 2758 2609
Opened in 2005, Joyce East is a top choice for travelers seeking French cuisine in Xinyi. This fine-dining establishment prides itself on serving high-quality dishes, with a focus on fresh and healthy ingredients. Diners can opt for one of the set meals, with main course options such as prime New York-style steak, lamb shanks and seafood pasta. The restaurant’s service is first-rate, with items such as Irish coffee and roast beef served table-side. Anyone seeking something a bit lighter can swing by during afternoon tea and sample the restaurant’s pastries, quiche, and assortment of hot beverages.
For a unique dining experience, travelers can head over to Haleakala, a Hawaiian-style restaurant located in the high-end Bellavita shopping mall. Named after one of Hawaii’s famous volcanoes, the restaurant is sleek and modern, with colorful hibiscus flowers and fruit adding vibrancy to the space. Diners can choose from a range of dishes, with options including Maui mini-burgers, quesadillas, seafood dishes and appetizer platters. After dinner, guests can linger and enjoy a fruity cocktail for a full island experience.
Haleakala, 28, Songren Road, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan +886 2 8729 2868
1Bite2Go brings the taste of New York to the heart of Taipei. This casual diner is a favorite among locals and expats craving authentic American fare, including classics like Reuben sandwiches, roast beef French dip, and pastrami sandwiches. Other hearty choices include pizza, smoked Kansas BBQ Pork Ribs, and coleslaw. Breakfast-lovers will be happy to know that brunch is served all day, with vegetarian options available. The restaurant has two locations in Taipei, as well as a food truck that can be hired for a variety of events, parties, and functions.
Travelers wanting a taste of local culture should grab a bite at Drunken Monkey, a casual joint specializing in Taiwanese fare. The establishment’s options mainly revolve around a variety of stir-fried dishes, including Kung Pao chicken, kimchi beef, and tofu with egg. Other dishes include fried noodles, fried rice and even a dish called Wrinkly Old Man Tofu! Travelers in the mood for a bit of schooling can check out the Drunken Monkey cooking class. Students can learn to make authentic dishes like Taiwanese stir-fry and Chinese dim sum.