Though the annual Miele Guide is now going into its fifth edition, an establishment in Taiwan has yet to break into the handbook’s list of the top 20 restaurants in Asia. But local foodies have a chance to boost the profile of their favorite eateries during the Miele Guide’s public voting round, which is now open at www.mieleguide.com.
Restaurants are picked after four rounds of judging. Food critics create a shortlist in the first round, which the public then picks from via online polls in the second and third rounds of judging. Finally, food professionals are invited to cast their votes, and then the Miele Guide team dines anonymously at the finalists to confirm their spot in the top 20.
Restaurants are assessed on the quality of food served, ambience and level of service. In addition to the top 20 list, the Miele Guide also ranks restaurants within each country. Last year, 18 of the 500 restaurants in the guide were Taiwanese. Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) came out top, followed by Yin Yih (銀翼) for its authentic Yangzhou cuisine. Shin Yeh (欣葉), Le Mout and La Cocotte made up the rest of the top-five list.
Do you think Din Tai Fung is overrated or do you dream about its xiaolongbao (小籠包)? Have a favorite spot that you think deserves a place in the Miele Guide? Log onto www.mieleguide.com and vote for your favorites. The guide is available for sale through the Web site and as a Blackberry or iPhone app.