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[Taipei] Shaburi 紗舞縭極品集

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Shaburi 紗舞縭極品集

Add: 21, Lane 270, Dunhua South Rd Section 1, Taipei 台北市敦化南路一段270巷21號
Tel: (02) 8771 5548
Hours: 11:30am-10:30pm
Website: www.shaburi.com.tw
Price: 1,000~1,500 NTD/person
Visited: Oct 2011

Please note that this is an arranged tasting.

Not much needs to be explained about Shaburi 紗舞縭極品集, the pictures say it all. Apologies for the confusion in pricing – I went with a frequent patron of this restaurant who took care of all the ordering, and he switched around some of the sets so I couldn’t get the exact prices.

U.S. Prime Boneless Short Rib 頂級牛小排 (1080 NTD/set, 850 NTD/a la carte) with beautiful marbling. A very happy sight indeed. 

Next, assorted seafood (??? NTD…I’m guessing around 2,500 NTD) so fresh that parts of the platter were still squirming as they arrived at our table. Exciting for some, but perhaps not so ideal for the faint-hearted.

Taiwanese abalone 台灣小活鮑.

All set orders come with a lush bowl of vegetables.

As well as fermented cabbages, Taiwanese style.

Ponzu (citrus-based) soy sauce and goma (white sesame) sauce.

The word shabu shabu literally translates to “swish swish”, as in you cook the meat by swishing it back and forth several times in the kombu broth. The beef can be cooked medium rare or well-done, and eaten with fermented cabbage or dipped in peanut sesame sauce – either way, delicious.

We also made a few side orders: grilled pork steak 烤霜降豚 (480 NTD) and deep-fried plaices 酥炸鰈魚 (420 NTD). Both excellent in texture and flavor. The grilled pork steak was especially memorable – crunchy, juicy, and its natural sweetness enhanced a dash of pepper salt.

And all goes down better with a bottle of chilled sake.

After the waiter removed all the floating debris from the pot, we each ladled ourselves a bowl of dashi soup and some thoroughly cooked turnip slices. The soup, now a harmoniously rich combination of flavors, was a perfect ending to our meal. It is also typical to cook a pot of congee by dumping a bowl of rice into the soup, but this step was skipped over for our lunch.

For desserts, there is a choice between kuzi kiri with brown sugar 黑糖葛切 (chilled glutinous noodles) or white sesame soft-served ice-cream. What mood are you in? Try the kuzi kiri for a lighter finish, or soft-served cream for a slightly heavier end.

Full, thoroughly satisfied, but not stuffed. A delightful lunch.

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October 23rd, 2011 at 5:17 pm