Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Good Eats: Yu Shan Ge, Taipei, Taiwan


Yu Shan Ge  1F, No. 14, Beiping E Rd, 02-2394-5155.  Beautifully appointed and decorated, this upscale restaurant aims for perfection in serving an accomplished and lovely vegetarian Kaiseki Cuisine.  Dairy and egg products can be eliminated upon request.  Black satin tablecloths and matching bibs are provided, probably because the well-to-do people who come here want to protect their expensive clothes.  Presentations are stellar, with some items being enhanced by flowers, plants, or burl-wood platters.  
ordering from menu at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan
ordering from menu at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan

In the interest of good health, no alcohol is served.  For my drink, I chose orange juice.
orange juice at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan

My set meal, which cost approximately US$65 and included nine courses,
menu at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan

began with a finger bowl that looked good enough to eat,
finger bowl at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan

and continued with:
1-creamy chestnut and red dates soup with truffle
chestnut-red dates soup at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan



2-elaborate cold appetizer plate decorated with konjac sashimi, yam, perilla, gingko berries, and various vegetable delicacies
appetizer plate at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan


3-white sesame cashew balls with crispy lotus root batter
white sesame cashew balls at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan


4-stewed green bamboo horn covered in miso sauce and fresh pine nuts
green bamboo horn at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan


5-cup of vintage rice drinking vinegar mixed with herbs and red date
rice drinking vinegar at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan

6-hericium mushroom filet (grilled, then baked) served with curry sauce, fresh seasonal vegetables, and boiled corn
hericium mushroom filet at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan


7-rice ball with red yeast
rice ball with red yeast at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan


8-herbal soup broth with fresh mushrooms, bamboo sprouts, and red dates
herbal soup broth at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan


9-dessert with fresh fruit
dessert with fresh fruit at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan


Someone in my group commented about how we were served too much food.  I felt we were presented just the right amount and was impressed that such a refined vegetarian meal could be so filling, especially with no bread or alcohol.  Overall, this was a divine dinner in lovely surroundings. 
decor at Yu Shan Ge in Taipei, Taiwan


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images ©2016 Carole Terwilliger Meyers
 

5 comments:

  1. The hubby would love this restaurant and the 9-course feast. I'm pretty sure that I'd enjoy the ambiance and presentation the most. That might be the prettiest finger bowl I've seen. Keep those reviews coming. Love your helpful guide.

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    1. Would love for you to post your comments after you get to some of these places!

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  2. I would love to experience this restaurant: vegetarian and no alcohol sounds great and the presentation is beautiful!

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  3. It's all in the presentation - Such a fun way to dine leisurely with friends! Each of these courses is beautiful and I'd love to visit this restaurant. You have me thinking now about adding Taiwan to our list when we visit Asia next year!

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  4. Looks like it was a feast for all the senses! There attention to all the presentation really highlights the food.

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