With it's relatively close proximity to Japan, Taipei is definitely not lacking in Japanese dining options. Actually, it's quite the opposite. There are so many sushi bars, izakayas, and food court Japanese joints that it can be difficult to separate the good stuff from the junk. These ten Japanese restaurants represent the best of the best in Taipei.
At the top of the list for best Japanese restaurants in Taipei is Sumie Nouvelle at the San Want Hotel. Hotel restaurants tend to have a reputation for being overpriced and underwhelming, but this one delivers. The seasonal menu of sushi and other Japanese favorites, including the best lamb chops around, make it a perfect choice to wine and dine business partners or to celebrate a special occasion.
Taipei residents can't seem to agree on the best sushi restaurant in Taipei, but two names pop up over and over again, Kitcho Sushi and Niu Sushi. Both of these intimate and authentic sushi bars let diners get up close and personal with the chefs as they dish up the freshest sashimi and sushi rolls around. Choose the chef's choice menu based on your budget to sample a variety of dishes using the best and freshest ingredients of the night.
If you want a healthy dose of atmosphere with your meal, Shintori wins hands down. This ultra-posh sushi bar and Japanese fusion restaurant oozes cool, down to it's massive black door that only opens when you toss a rock into a special sculpture outside. The chefs at Shintori have some of the most beautiful plating presentations around.
Some of the best Japanese food can be found in inexpensive packages, and rounding out the list are Japan Boat and Saboten. Head to Japan Boat in the Gongguan Night Market to scorch your taste buds on some sizzling hot fried squid balls, or sample traditional Japanese pork cutlet at Saboten.
No. 172, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Sec. 4
Seasonal Japanese cuisine in the San Want Hotel...
No.30, Nong-an Street
Zhong Xiao Dong Lu, Sec. 4, Lane 181, No. 48
No.150, XinSheng N Road, Sec. 1
An intimate sushi bar serving some of the best in Taipei... read more
No. 102, Guang Fu S. Road
Lounge-like Japanese fusion restaurant... read more
No. 68, TienMu East Road
No. 63, Nanjing E Road, Sec 2
Japanese Tonkatsu in a sleek, modern atmosphere...
No. 123-1 LeGun Third Road
Ultra modern Japanese fusion restaurant... read more
No. 17, Lane 248, ZhongXiao E. Rd, Sec. 4
Tiny sushi bar serving huge American-style rolls...
Roosevelt Rd, Sec. 4
Japanese fried octopus balls in Gongguan market...