Hubby took me to this interesting restaurant - Ikki, near Ximending. They pride themselves in creative cuisine with a Japanese base. Apparently, it's pretty popular cos we had to make reservations, and while we were waiting for our table, some walk-in customers were told they'd have to wait an hour for a table!
The menu is basically a set 8-course (yes, 8!) menu with options for certain courses.
First up: Clam soup with chicken, fish and mushrooms
(charmingly served in a little teapot on a warmer - soup is poured into a little teacup)
Hubby's Choice: Fish Skin
(Personally, I'm aversed to fish skin as I'm not a fan of the texture, and it's usually pretty fishy. Surprisingly, this wasn't fishy at all! And it actually reminded me of those jelly fish dishes served in Chinese restaurants. Fascinating!)
My Choice: Seafood on a skewer with Papaya
My Choice: Sashimi Platter
Hubby's Choice: Steamed Prawns with Loofah
Third Course: Hubby's Choice: Chawamushi
(the yellow bit on the top is actually the egg yolk! Certainly not the typical chawamushi we see in Jap restaurants)
My Choice: Deep fried codfish with grapefruit
(Surprisingly tasty combination!)
Mango Slushee to cleanse the palate for the main course
5th Course/Main Course:
Hubby's Choice: Lamb Chops
(The marinade was delicious! And it was oh-so-tender!)
My Choice: Stone-grilled Beef Slices
My Choice: Salmon Miso with Rice
Hubby's Choice: Ice Fruit Tea
(In Tpe, this is one of my fav drinks - they actually serve fresh fruits in the tea! Delish!)
My Choice: Camomile Tea
... together with my ...
(I noticed that the Taiwanese really love their custard puddings. If you look on the dessert shelves in the many 7-11s around Taiwan, you'll inevitably find custard pudding.)