Lunch at Shin Yeh 101

deep fried baby oyster with basil NT$320
We had some free time so my parents and I went to Taipei 101 to look for good Chinese food.

Our hotel, Grand Hyatt Taipei, was connected by footbridge to Taipei 101 and several big malls in the Xinyi district.
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Taipei 101 facade

We took the elevator all the way to the 85th floor to Shin Yeh. I’ve eaten in their Shin Kong Mitsukoshi branch before.
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This branch was much more beautiful.
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When we were on the ground floor they told us that the set menu cost a few hundred more if we sat by the window. We told them we wanted an ordinary table. Here’s a sample of the ‘cheaper’ set menus.
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They sat us on a table beside the window despite my request and said it won’t cost more. Just look at the view. I couldn’t see anything through the thick fog. No wonder it didn’t cost more. Too bad. I’m sure the view of the city from the 85th floor would have been fabulous.
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We didn’t order from the set menu and ordered a la carte instead.
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Pardon my dad. He’s old school and doesn’t get the fuss over shark’s fin. In Manila we call this soup ‘Buddha jumps over the wall’. It’s his favorite soup.
steamed shark's fin soup with sea cucumber, pork spare rib & chicken NT$560
steamed shark’s fin soup with sea cucumber, pork spare rib & chicken NT$560

The abalone wasn’t as soft as the canned variety. It had a slightly chewy/crispy texture to it.
fresh abalone NT$360
fresh abalone NT$360

Instead of ordering oyster omelet which is very popular in Taipei I tried the fried oyster and immediately fell in love with it. The batter was thin, light and crisp. It was accompanied with pepper salt and it was simply amazing. I think I ate half of this dish.
deep fried baby oyster with basil NT$320-001
deep fried baby oyster with basil NT$320

I don’t like taro at all but this roll was very good.
deep fried taro & shrimp roll NT$180
deep fried taro & shrimp roll NT$180

I didn’t realize we ordered a lot of fried dishes but this fish was really, really tasty with all the fried garlic and cracked pepper.
pan fried pomfret with garlic NT$500
pan fried pomfret with garlic NT$500

I also ordered a couple of dim sum that baked instead of fried. Both were yummy and the exterior crust was very flaky. The shredded turnip filling was very generous.
crispy cakes stuffed with turnip & minced pork NT$150
crispy cakes stuffed with turnip & minced pork NT$150

salty turnip & sweet date puree twin section cakes NT$195
salty turnip & sweet date puree twin section cakes NT$195

I shouldn’t have ordered the first turnip cake since this was practically the same thing. Well half of it was. The other side had a curiously good sweet-savory date filling.
salty turnip & sweet date puree twin section cakes NT$195-001

We had a superb meal and didn’t regret not ordering a set meal. The bill was expensive due to the soup and fresh abalone. I highly recommend Shin Yeh at Taipei 101 as a good place to get typical Chinese food in a very elegant setting and you get to dine in the clouds.
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Shin Yeh 101
Taipei Xinyi Road Section 5, No. 7, 85, 1 (Taipei 101)
telephone: 02-8101-0185
website


101食藝軒
地址:台北市信義路5段7號85樓之1(台北101大樓)
電話:02-8101-0185

2 thoughts on “Lunch at Shin Yeh 101

  1. Food look so good and restaurant very nice also.  Pay extra for window seat is like flying on a plane that something new to me.  I like turnip pastry the first one.    Must be quite no dishes claning around unlike regular restaurants.I don’t remember where in Taipei there some infusion Taiwanese  Japanese style restaurants.  It where food is a bit of both culture combine in cooking.  Since Taiwan was for many years before a Japanese colony.

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  2. Isn’t it about time you became even remotely environmentally aware of the slaughter caused to the ever shrinking shark population due to your race’s desire to eat things which are rare, expensive and preferably endangered. It also basically has no taste and as for its supposed health benefits, BOLLOCKS !!!

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