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Kushi Bar

5 Apr

Kushi Bar: Izakaya

photo_3locationdesNearest MRT Station: Kushi Bar is located between Zhongxiao Fuxing Station and Zhongxiao Dunhua Station. Click on ‘location’ to see the exact address or check their website to find out about their other locations.

Information: Kushi bar is a popular Japanese izakaya (sort of bar that also sells tasty food) in Taipei so it is recommended to make a reservation, especially if you are planning to go there on a Friday or Saturday. Although we had made a reservation it turned out we had gone to the wrong restaurant from this chain. One of the waiters hailed a taxi for us, explained the driver where it was and he also paid the taxi fare for us. Great service!
The restaurant was really cozy and has long wooden tables and bar seats. We were seated at the bar and had a good view of the kitchen. There are a lot of dishes on the menu and many grilled meat options also have a more luxurious option in the form of better quality meat. There is no need to order all your food in one go. So we picked a few dishes that looked appealing, while keeping an eye on the grill in front of us to see if anything else looked good. The first round consisted of a yakitori assortment (literally grilled chicken); chicken breast, chicken neck, wings and heart. In addition, we had some grilled beef and kimchi. All of the meat was incredibly tender and really tasty; just what one would expect of a grill restaurant. We noticed that the service wasn’t as great after ordering again. The dishes took way longer to arrive; most likely due to it being really busy. We had some fish and vegetables (fried) that were both nice, but when we were about to leave some more dishes we had ordered suddenly arrived. I guess we had just totally forgotten about them as it is sometimes quite difficult to keep track of all the small dishes you’ve ordered. Overall, I would say that it is really authentic and it really felt like I was back in Japan.

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Rating: Delicious, but also very pricy. Expect to spend at least 800 dollars per person and this only includes one not too expensive drink. If you don’t order one of the bigger dishes (yakisoba or a donburi) your stomach might not be too satisfied. Best thing of the night for me was the foie gras with beef on a stick.

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Bitter Tea

27 Aug

Bitter (bitter bitter) Tea

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Nearest MRT Station: either Taipei Main Station or Zhongshan station (See Map).

This place (house of bitter tea (苦茶之家)has 2 other branches. 1: 台北市林森北路263號 (長春路口) & 台北市松隆路368號(五分埔)

Note: Many places have bitter tea, but a lot of these add flavor or make it less bitter to suit general taste (which is already really really bitter). If you want the real deal however; this is the place to go.

Information: Think you know the meaning of bitter? I thought I did; so I wasn’t scared at all to try Taiwanese Bitter Tea. When it comes to Tea making; Taiwan is definitely in the top 10 of tea kinds and flavors. Each county even has it’s own special Tea.  Bitter tea is definitely among the popular health teas (as you can also find fruit tea, milk tea, bubble tea, and so on…). This pitch black tea is supposed to be good for all kinds of health issues such as digestion problems, fever, headaches and it’s even supposed to help get rid of pimples. I wouldn’t know about the health benefits, but what I do know is that the taste is quite peculiar. Upon smelling it, it reminded me of a very strong kind of (European) licorice. The taste was initially fresh; then came the aftertaste; this was unlike any kind of bitter drink or food I had ever tasted .. in my life.  Luckily, Taiwanese people think the same way, so the tea came with some dried hawthorn (kind of berry)  (山楂)to get rid of the bitterness (that will linger the entire day if you don’t eat something else). Buy a very small cup and give it a try. You’ll feel refreshed afterwards!

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