Shi-Yang Culture Restaurant (食養山房), Taiwan

We were brought to Shi-Yang Culture Restaurant by our hosts on the last night of our trip. Took us roughly a 1.5hr drive from Taipei city to the place. The restaurant was located at some part of the mountain and basically unless you had a car, there was no way of getting there. It was initially at YangMingShan(陽明山) but apparently because business was so good, the actual owner decided to take over business from the chef and to do things himself. The chef was therefore forced to move to its current location XiZhi City(汐止). However, the customers followed the old chef to his new restaurant instead and business has fallen by quite a bit at the old place. And mind you, this new place is really not easy to get to with its winding roads and lack of signboards. Talk about having a passion for food. Furthermore, making a reservation for lunch has to be done as least one month before and dinner, at least weeks before. Lunch is a more popular option because of the beautiful scenery this place offers. Did not manage to snap photos of the place though because it was too dark since I went at night…

The cuisine offered was a 9 course Japanese fusion experience. You do not order anything, you just have to eat whatever the chef prepares that night. Which also meant that I did not know what I was eating most of the them so I will just describe the dishes as I remembered them. So let’s get started with the first course! :)

The appetizer was a Strawberry flavoured drink with Passionfruit which was refreshing and sweet

Next I believed was Cuttlefish, Tofu with Wasabi and Seaweeds with Scallops

Pumpkin and a Tofu wrapped sushi with Anchovy

This was given to us to drink to clean our palate- Vinegar with berries infused (I did not finish mine though because it tasted too much like wine..)

Miso soup with Mushrooms and Green Vegetables. Excellent for the cold winter night.

The main course which was a cold dish of an assortment of sashimi and vegetables

Fried Beancurd with Cabbage

Glutinous rice and Mushroom wrapped with Salami

The main highlight of the evening. The waitress actually asked us to take out our cameras for this. See the lotus flower in the middle of the pot? Apparently, it would slowly open up/blossom after being put into the soup…

See the difference between the previous photo and this? Anyway the soup was a yummy concoction of herbs, chicken and mushrooms

Finally to dessert! Mochi-like ice cream with sweet sauce and fruits

Loved this! :D

The whole meal cost NT$1000 for each person? So including 10% service charge (which I believe they absolutely deserved because the service was amazing), it came up to about S$50/person! Totally worth it. Except that the place is really difficult to find and inaccessible to people that do not drive. Yet somehow, that does not seem to hinder the Taiwanese who make this restaurant fully booked most of the time!

Related posts:
Taiwan Series: Shilin Night Market and Jiufen

No. 7 Lane 350 Section 3 Xi Wan Road
XiZhi City


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