aipei’s stature as a dynamic food city continues to grow as the Michelin Guide released its second edition to Taiwan’s capital, encompassing more fine dining restaurants and street food vendors in night markets.
Announced on April 10, 24 restaurants in total were awarded stars, up from 20 in 2018. Cantonese restaurant Le Palais remains the only three-starred venue in Taipei, alongside five two-star establishments and 18 one-starred eateries.
There were three new restaurants with two stars this year, with Sushi Amamoto being the highlight. It was the 12-seat Japanese restaurant’s debut in the guide, and diners are known to wait up to six months for their omakase menu comprising of seasonal catch and rice cooked in natural spring water.
Other new restaurants to the two-star league are Taïrroir and Raw, both of which reinterpret Taiwanese produce and flavors through a modern lens and were awarded a star in last year’s edition. Japanese restaurant Shoun Ryugin and Sichuan-centric The Guest House retained their two stars.
The four newly minted one-starred restaurants include Impromptu by Paul Lee, which melds classic French techniques and worldwide cuisines with local ingredients, Iogy, whose Japanese chef Ryogo Tahara seeks to reinvent spicy hot pot among other dishes, and Taiwanese restaurants Mountain and Sea House and Tainan Tai Tsu Mien Seafood.
The Michelin Guide also recognized 58 Bib Gourmand establishments, an increase from 36 last year. Comprising of 25 new entries, they include restaurants and street food vendors in night markets that offer “good quality, good value cooking” at a price not exceeding NT$1,000 (¥217). New entrants include a beef noodles stall at Raohe Night Market, Lan Chia Guabao at Gongguan Night Market, and Sung Ching Taiwanese Burrito at Nanjichang Night Market.
See the full list of restaurants here.