Mitsui Japanese Restaurant Taipei. Whenever I go travelling I love exploring local foods. I’m very far from one of the typical Brits that goes abroad and looks for fish and chips, burgers, etc. I like to eat good regional food and one of my favourite foods is seafood, and specifically sushi.
I first tried sushi when I was 16 and had my first ever job working in Waitrose in Monmouth. This is going back 20 years but at the end of every shift all of the produce that was going out of date was sold to staff for next to no money. I was curious about sushi so I bought around 5 packs of sushi for I think about £1 in total, gave it a go and loved it.
But of course supermarket sushi compared to high quality restaurant sushi is generally dreadful so I made it one of my targets that if and when I ever travelled to Japan, China or wherever I would try good sushi.
So when I went to Taipei for the first time Liv recommended we go to a popular Japanese restaurant called Mitsui. By Taipei standards it’s quite expensive but relatively cheap in the UK. The food and service were exquisite, the manager kept checking we were ok and took our order and they would for example, bring a whole live king crab to our table before cooking it to check it was up to the standard we expected.
Amongst the things we ate were scallops, foie gras, king crab, lobster, langoustine, soup, Japanese Kobe beef and mocha ice cream. A meal like this would have cost in the region of a couple hundred pounds in the UK but we paid approximately £50 each, crazy cheap and everything was absolutely delicious.
Next time I go back to Taipei, I’ll definitely be eating here again and would highly recommend anyone that even remotely likes seafood to go there. Aside from Mitsui Taipei the only other place I’ve eaten sushi in the Far East is in the Taipei 101 tower and that was pretty good but not in the same league as Mitsui. I’ve yet to go to Japan and I haven’t tried other Japanese restaurants in Taipei but Mitsui Japanese Restaurant Taipei was pretty damn good.
My wife who runs a food blogging website has written an in-depth review about Mitsui which can be found here: http://eggwansfoododyssey.com/2011/04/24/mitsui-japanese-restaurant-taipei-review/