Chiou Hwa Seafood Restaurant (九華樓)
at the Gloria Prince Hotel
Address: 369 Linsen North Road, Taipei (台北市林森北路號)
Telephone: (02) 2581 8111
Hours: 11:30am to 3:30pm and 5:30pm to 9:30pm, every day
Average meal: NT$2,000
Details: All major credit cards accepted. Menu in Chinese and English
For a fruity meal fit for a king take a ride up Linsen North Road to the Gloria Prince Hotel and enjoy a combination of sweet pulps, savory meats and fish -- including some rare and unusual items even the most experienced gourmand may not have tried before. Once you are seated in the elegantly appointed dining room, with its gilded furniture and brightly polished chandeliers, settle down for what could be a two-hour plus gastronomic experience.
Address: B1, 22, Songshou Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei (台北市松壽路22號B1)
Telephone: (02) 8786 1591
Open: Daily 6pm to 2am (3am on weekends)
Average meal: NT$500 to NT$100
Details: Menu in English and Chinese. Credit cards accepted
Whether it's a chicken salsa appetizer, vegetarian pasta or late-night craving, Club 75 offers a tasty selection of light and full-course meals. The reasonable prices and quality food make it worth going just for a meal, but with live Latin and jazz music nightly and a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, it's the kind of place that can easily turn dinner into a night out.
Sweet Dynasty (糖朝)
Address: 160 Zhongxiao E Rd, Sec 4, Taipei
Telephone: (02) 2772 2889
Open: 11:30am to 10pm Average meal: NT$200
Details: Chinese menu, English menu coming next month. Credit cards
The Taipei branch of well-known Hong Kong restaurant, emphasizing refined taste which turns an ordinary dim-sum item into a delicacy. All-natural ingredients that emphasize a long cooking process and health-oriented sweets are the keys to good tastes of the restaurant. There are more than 300 items on the menu, including noodles, rice, congee, stir-fried dishes and sweet soups. Large prawn congee, wonton noodles and tofu pudding in a wooden mini-pot are must-try items.
Oma Ursel Cafe-Restaurant
Address: 292 Fuxing N Rd, Taipei (
Telephone: (02) 2392 2447
Open: 11:30am to 10pm
Average Meal: NT$500 Details: English menu available, Credit cards not accepted
In March, Taipei's two German restaurants called Schwarzwald -- one on Wenzhou Street, one on Yongkang Street -- parted ways and the Yongkang branch changed its name to Oma Ursel Cafe Restaurant, but retained its manager Chiu Dai-yu (邱岱玉) as well as the cooking staff, who have made it one of the few authentic German eateries in town over the past four years. The new name is a tribute to Chiu's German mother-in-law, whom she credits for teaching her everything she knows about German cuisine -- and one look at the menu will show that she's learned a huge amount. Great food at great prices in a cozy atmosphere make Oma Ursel a top choice.
Qiong Fang Ju (瓊芳居)
Address: Stall 25, B1, 70 Xining S Rd, Taipei
Telephone: (02) 2381 6519
Open: 11:30am to 9pm Average meal: NT$100
Details: No credit cards accepted. No English menu
Mention noodles and Ximending in the same sentence and most people will think of A-Chung Noodles (