Yen Restaurant Taipei W Hotel – a candidate for stars in Taipei’s first Michelin Guide 2018

The Yen Restaurant Taipei W Hotel was the best restaurant in Taipei that we tried during our recent trip there. This fine dining Chinese restaurant at the top of the W Hotel in the Xinyi District of Taipei is currently ranked by TripAdvisor as the #3 of 12,163 restaurants in Taipei. There is currently no Taipei Michelin Guide list of restaurants but there are expectations for a first edition – 2018 Taipei Michelin Guide (see Straits Times story Taipei to get its first ever Michelin guide).  We are pretty sure Yen Restaurant Taipei will do very well when the Michelin Guide get published for the city.


Yen Restaurant Taipei is a modern restaurant.  With wide-open spaces and clean lines it is almost minimalist in design.   The all round natural light and 31st floor views provide sufficient decorations.  It is a luxurious restaurant, not because of ornaments but the sheer expanse of space.

Yen Restaurant Taipei Menu

Here are pictures of some pages of the Yen Restaurant Taipei menu including the lunch time “Delectables” dim sum menu.  We ordered a mix of dim sum and other items from the main menu.

 

Here are pictures of the dim sum items that we tried. They looked exquisite and the taste was very refined.  The high level of craftsmanship can be seen in the details of the dumplings. The dim sum items costs around NT$200 each.

The XO radish cake (NT$220) looked like the usual ones we have in Singapore. But on closer examination, there are tiny Sakura shrimps sprinkled all over it. These small crustaceans make their presence felt with a crunch of seafood flavour.

The seafood soup dumplings with Hokkaido king crab (NT$280 each) was pricey but worth every penny. This is the finest dim sum dish we have had in a long time.

We also tried a couple of the chef’s recommendations. Penghu tiger prawns seared in chardonnay sauce (NT$680) can be compared to high quality tempura prawns.  Just two prawns per order makes this an expensive dish.

The Cantonese style seared crispy cod fillet (NT$680) was another item that shows off the freshness of the ingredients used at Yen Restaurant Taipei.  Basically a piece of very fresh cod seared on each side till very crisp. The crunch and the pure natural taste of the fish made this a memorable dish.

For dessert we had a simple but delicious cream of mango with sago pearls (NT$250).   That brought an end to a wonderful classy lunch at top Chinese restaurant Yen Restaurant Taipei in the W Hotel. Service at the restaurant was top-notch.

Ratings:

Food: 5

Service: 5

Value: 3

Atmosphere: 5

Overall Rating: 5 TOPs 5 Tops

Yen Restaurant Taipei

W Hotel Level 31

10 Zhongxiao East Road, Sec. 5 Xinyi DistrictTaipeiTW

Tel: +886 277038887

Website

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