It can be incredibly difficult to find a new restaurant that both of my parents enjoy. Failure can happen due to unsatisfactory food, too much food, or food that could be made at home for less.
(If you have a Taiwanese mother who cooks, this will sound familiar.)
To keep things simple for special occasion meals, our tradition is to go to a Mitsui somewhere. The new branch at Taipei City Hall, named Cuisine M, was the most recent experience.
Since one of my dad’s greatest pleasures in life is digging into fancy seafood, I made a reservation at Tresors de la Mer for his birthday. It turned out to be a fantastic meal.
Here’s why we’ll be back:
– They serve the best raw seafood platter in Taipei. It looks great and is reasonably priced. Above is the 1280NT platter with an extra order of 6 oysters.
– No chemical wasabi. Instead you grate fresh wasabi root yourself at the table. Photo below of my dad grating away.
– The sushi hand rolls are made table-side. The seaweed is toasted to order. Order the uni and salmon roe.
– You can BYO. There’s a corkage fee, but it’s only 300NT or something.
– There’s both indoor and outdoor seating. We sat indoors for the air conditioning, but the patio tables overlook the barbecue restaurant below.
The location is a little out of the way, so we picked up a few things at the Addiction Aquatic Development’s seafood supermarket after dinner. It stays open til midnight! Then we all jumped in a taxi and headed home. Success.
Tresors de la Mer
Open 11am to midnight.
Cash only. Reservations recommended!
Call (02) 2508 1268 / Ext 233-234