The most viewed post on my blog is the restaurant review on Kitcho, my favorite sushi restaurant in Taipei. HOWEVER, my aunt and my father have a penchant for taking me out on gastronomical adventures, and I'm not one to complain about them. ;) My aunt bet that she could replace Kitcho as the reigning sushi place in Taipei from my father's list and thus took us to Dàzhèng làngmàn/大政浪漫. A sushi restaurant located by the Zhong Xiao Fu Xing metro stop (忠孝復興), nestled into one of the back alleyways of the Zhong Shan District, that prides itself on remembering customers, offering high levels of service, and fresh delicious food.
|Green Beans and Leeks in a Miso sauce|
The design of the restaurant was a stark contrast to the narrow alley it was located in. It was an angular, cement, glass, and raffia creation that brought an immense amount light and elegance that seemed a bit out of place in the narrow walkway of the alley. The interior design of the restaurant was equal, if not more, elegant and lovely. The whole restaurant was dim with focused mood lighting on tables, in the sitting area and behind the sushi bar, while diners in the larger sitting area are given privacy with divisions of frosted glass. There were private rooms available, but I believe you have to call ahead to reserve one. The sushi bar, where we were located that night, was made our of a dark reddish brown hardwood that was lacquered over with gloss. The whole restaurant incorporates a color palate of dusty green, dark brown, opaque beiges, and rusty reds. While the decor and the artwork is minimalist, the largest art piece that they had was a large stone wall mount behind the sushi bar.
|From Left to Right: Shredded Radish, Ika (squid), Pickled Radish Two Ways|
|Braised Awabi (Abalone), Crab Cream Egg Custard, Scampi, Tomato with Custard Inside, Pork Meatball|
This first plate is composed completely of small appetizers. Everything on the plate is beautifully done, braised, boiled, steamed, fried or chilled to perfection. The only thing that I really didn't like about this plate was the "tomato custard." It was a raw tomato with chilled custard inside and...it tasted exactly how its name was. Tomato-y custard. I really just wasn't a fan.
|Pickled Daikon and Shredded Shiso Leaf|
|Botan Ebi (Button Shrimp)|
|Botan Ebi with Ikura (Button Shrimp with Salmon Eggs)|
|Charred Ingawa (Flounder Side)|
|Hamachi (Yellow Tail)|
|Shima Aji (Skipjack)|
|Grilled Head of the Botan Ebi (Button Shrimp)|
|"Extra Fancy Chirashi" - Uni (Sea Urchin), Negitoro (Chopped Toro), Ikura (Salmon Eggs), Hijiki (Marinated Seaweed)|
This is their "special Chirashi" that my aunt always orders at the end of her meal. It is very, very good. Even though I was full near the end I made sure she ordered me one too. All of their ingredients are so fresh and tasty, but this particular combination of uni, negitoro, ikura, hijiki and salmon rice is absolute luxury. The uni and the negitoro are very creamy and fatty, which is a nice contrast against the tart sushi rice, the sharp fresh bite of the green onion, the saltiness of the salmon roe, and the sweetness of the hijiki, I would definitely go back and order this...with or without my aunt...no matter how full I was.
If I'm too full, I could just pull a Roman
|Hotaru Ika (Firefly Squid)|
|Clams in Clear Broth|
|Par-boiled Bamboo Shoot with Crab Meat|
|Dessert: Ground Peanut Tofu|
They gave me so many servings of this peanut tofu. I was absolutely stuffed by the end. It has a very light peanut flavor and the texture is definitely that of a silken tofu, but the monotony of the texture is broken up by the ground bits of peanut. A light dessert to end a decadent meal. I really enjoyed this particular dessert the first time I had it, but the second time I went to the restaurant they served the same dessert...and it no longer tickled my fancy. Maybe it's just one of those desserts that's a one hit wonder?
The service was impeccable, the food was delicious, the chefs were witty chatty (and not afraid to give you extra servings). I hate to sound like a broken record, but I have nothing but the highest accolades to say and give to this restaurant. My dad has since turned over to 大正浪漫, but I think that both Kitcho and 大正浪漫, tie for first place in my heart. I hope that you have the chance to go and try both of them. =)
Anyway, thank you for reading, looking, and visiting!
Price:$$$$$ out of $$$$$
Repeatability: Yes, Yes, Yes
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