Yishang Yuan has 22 years of history behind it, and in its new Tienmu location, it has taken on a new and sophisticated look. Fortunately this has not been done at the expense of the food, which if anything is better than ever. The addition of a number of dishes that are now hard to come by makes a visit even more of an adventure.
"Because this is an old family restaurant, we are able to make dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation," manager Li Yuan-hao (
The menu at Yishang Garden is very extensive, incorporating Shanghai-style dim sim, banquet dishes, delicacies such as pickled crab, stir-fries and traditional Chinese sweets. The appetizers go far beyond the bean curd and seaweed, and some could almost be a meal in themselves. These can supplement the afternoon tea package (NT$220) made up of five different kinds of dim sum.
For something hearty, the Tonpo-style stewed pork (
Address: 41, Tienmu E. Rd., Taipei (台北市天母東路41號)
Telephone: (02) 2871-7755
Open: 11am to midnight
Average meal: NT$300
Details: English menu available. Credit cards accepted.
Open through Chinese New Year
"Every month or so we will also have a special `old recipe dish' -- things that you can only now rarely find in restaurants," Li said. For the Chinese New Year season, the dish is Hangzhou Duck Stew (
The decor, which might be described as oriental minimalism, as well as the elegant presentation of the dishes, offers up an atmosphere of sophistication which is not reflected in the price, with generous main dishes priced between NT$250 and NT$350.
Although the main kitchen closes at 9pm, Yishang Garden continues to offer a selection of simple dishes on through to midnight -- many of these designed to go particularly well with wines or spirits (the latter available in shots or by the bottle). It is also nice not to be thrown out of a place at 9:30pm as is so often the case with family-run Chinese restaurants.