Shin Yeh Japanese Buffet! February 4, 2010Posted by pacejmiller in Food, Taiwan, Travel.
Tags: Japanese, Japanese buffet, Japanese Cuisine, Japanese food, Shin Yeh, Shin Yeh Buffet, Shin Yeh Japanese Buffet, Sushi, Taipei
Restaurant: Shin Yeh Japanese Buffet
Cuisine: Japanese (buffet)
Location: Level 6, No. 12, GuanQian Road, Taipei
Price: Monday to Friday: Lunch (11:20-14:00): TWD 620 (kids TWD 250); Afternoon Tea (14:30-16:30): TWD 460 (kids TWD 200); Dinner (17:30-21:30): TWD 750 (kids TWD 330). Saturday/Sunday: Lunch and Dinner: TWD 750 (kids TWD 330); Afternoon Tea: TWD 460 (kids TWD 200)
Contact: (02) 2371-3311
I love Japanese food and I love buffets. Put the two together and what you get is Shin Yeh Japanese Buffet in Taipei!
But let’s face it – we usually associate big buffets with mountains of disgusting food, messy scraps and morbidly obese people pushing and shoving each other like they had just completed the 40 hour famine.
But rest assured, Shin Yeh is nothing like that. We’re talking genuinely delicious, high quality Japanese food, sensational variety, plenty of space, clean and lots of staff cleaning up after you. It’s the type of buffet you would expect in a 5-star restaurant.
Take a journey with me through Shin Yeh in pictures after the jump.
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My favourite thing about Shin Yeh is probably the sushi. The sushi there is made fresh by the sushi chefs, and they go pretty quickly. The amazing thing is that apart from the variety, the sushi is very tasty, heads and shoulders above anything you would expect at your normal sushi train. You can even request hand rolls.
I didn’t get a chance to take photos of everything (besides, that would be too weird), but there’s a lot more than just sushi at Shin Yeh. There’s fresh salad (good quality salad too, not your run of the mill browning leaves), a selection of cold meats, cooked meat and vegetables with various condiments (like tangy miso sauce). There’s hot soup and oden (hot pot food), tempura, skewers, fish, fried rice and udon noodles, and much much more. All of the food is cooked fresh and gets replenished almost as soon as it goes.
There’s no need to rush, but sometimes the food looks so good you can’t help but overload. Here’s an example of what I picked up on my first round.
Of course, no buffet is complete without dessert, and Shin Yeh has a ridiculous selection of desserts. Complete with chocolate fountain, there are stacks of cakes, puddings and mousse.
See the coffee in the right hand corner? Shin Yeh has a separate drinks bar where you can order many different beverages, from soft drinks to fresh juices, from champagne to fruit vinegars…and even Taiwanese beer. And you know what else you can get there? Ice cream!
Lastly, cleanse the palate with some fruit.
I rest my case. Because of the consistently high standard of the food, I give Shin Yeh a solid 9 out of 10!
How to get there
As I understand it, there are a couple of Shin Yeh Japanese Buffets around Taipei (not to be confused with other Shin Yeh restaurants which serve other food). The one I went to was on GuanQian Road, which is directly across the road from Taiwan Main Station. It’s the road between the Shinkong Mitsukoshi and Nova. Walk down that street, past the McDonalds, and it’s on your right hand side. Take the elevator to level 6.