Rest assured that I will seek out the best local food in every single place I visit! Thus, the search for quality local Taiwanese food in Taipei led me to Mipon Restaurant at the luxurious Grand Mayfull Hotel. The Grand Mayfull Hotel is on the north side of the city, in a very high-end area. I would absolutely love to stay in the property in the future, but didn’t get the chance this time around.
Walking in the Grand Mayfull Hotel lobby made my jaw drop with its beauty. Think chandeliers and gold! The Mipon Restaurant is a more traditional style Chinese and Taiwanese restaurant on the third floor of the property.
The interior of the Mipon Restaurant was beautiful. Quality materials used throughout with more beautiful chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Opening the menu, I was quite impressed by the variety and number of dishes. Of course I sought out traditional Taiwanese items so I could get my head wrapped around this unique cuisine that was still fairly new to me.
The first few dishes that arrived included a fish skin soup, clams with garlic, and a cold chicken dish. All of these were very different compared to each other, but brought something very special to the table, literally. This cold chicken was one of the best that I have ever had, it actually paired perfectly with the 2013 J & H Selbach Incline Riesling from Mosel, Germany. Personally, I love when dishes are very different from one another, this tends to create balance and satisfaction.
Next came egg rolls stuffed with eel which is famous at the Mipon Restaurant. This reminded me of both Japanese food and Mexican food. Mexican because it’s burrito-like presentation, and Japanese because it was refreshing like a piece of sushi. After this was 3 Cup Octopus, a very traditional Taiwanese dish. This was my second favorite dish of the meal! The herbs were incredible.
Also came a very traditional Taiwanese dish, pig intestines soup. For this dish, it was only meant to enjoy the broth, not eat any pig guts. The broth was subtle and a nice neutral flavor compared to the stronger 3 Cup Octopus.
For the finale, and my absolute favorite item of the meal, was the roast beef, roasted for 10 hours. This meat absolutely melted in my mouth with the perfect amount of fat. This is surely a must order at the Mipon Restaurant! Seriously.
I tried a couple items for dessert, but my absolute favorite was the fried dough with almond milk. This was a very flavorful yet light dessert, and I left me feeling very comfortable and not stuffed like a pig.
Throughout the evening the staff at Mipon were fantastic, always greeting with a smile, and very knowledgeable about what they were serving. I also got to meet the chef who seemed very passionate about his food. This is a meal that will live on in my memory for years to come! I can highly recommend you to go try traditional Taiwanese cuisine at Mipon Restaurant inside of the Grand Mayfull Hotel. I loved it!
The Nitty Gritty
Taste - 9.8
Value - 9.6
Feng Shui - 9.2
Convenience - 9
Service - 9.7
No.55, Lequn 2nd Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei 10462, Taiwan