Ken AnHo – 謙.安和

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Ken AnHo

謙.安和

No.4 Lane 127 Section 1 AnHe Rd, Daan District, Taipei 大安區安和路一段127巷4號

02 2700 8128

A few years ago, when there weren’t many omaske restaurants, Omura, Yo Sushi and Niu sushi were some of the must go places.  Back then having a meal around NT$3000 was already a splurge.

Now with the buzzing scene and the cray of omakase, almost a new shop pop up every single month.   A NT$3000 meal is nothing, now we have the NT$7000 up menus.  Which you will get a pile of toro, 1/2 board of uni, scallops, caviar all in one bite.  Senju brought this new concept of member only and exceptional high value omakase set to fellow sushi lovers.  Sushi rolls have to be photogenic enough to boost your likes on Instagram and facebook, or it has to be as big as your palm which you can’t even stuff it in your mouth.

I know each one of us have our own must go sushi place, and which also depends on the interaction between you and the sushi master, just like going to your perfered hair salon, where  your hairdresser knows exactly how you would like your hair to be styled.  I wouldn’t say that I am not a big fan of Senju, I was totally in love with tri-toro sushi and the senju roll.  However, on a regular basis I perfer the Yun joints.  I was a bit disappointed when I went to try out Yun Ji Man, which stopped me from going to Yuns for awhile.  Recently, I have been going to Ken AnHo which is a member of Yun, for the three times I went all the menu were different and sushi master Wachi Isao never fail to surprise us.  Ken Anho didn’t take on the Yun’s name but using 謙 meaning humble and I was told that was Isao San’s idea.

Ken Anho has three private rooms which completely satisfy the ongoing private dining trend, but if you would like to interact with the chef there are 8 sushi bar seatings. Ken AnHo only opens for dinner and with the menu priced reasonably (I think) at NT$5800. It was a full on dinner and we couldn’t finished the entire set on my first visit and they adjusted the portions from then on .

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The night began with a chilled Chawanmushi topped with caviar and squid ink slushy.  The egg custard was smooth and silky combined with the icy cold slushy and saltiness of caviar took the game to the next level.

This menu was consisted of cooked dishes in majority, the toro, flounder and amber jack sashimi was the only raw dish of the night.
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I gotta say there were a few dishes which never slipped from my tastebuds.  The Wagyu Gyudon, Unadon and the Prawn and tofu ball. The Gyudon was with truffle and  egg yolk mousse, you heard me right,  Wagyu, truffle and egg, only caviar was missing out on this luxy party.  Unagi was paired up with sticky rice which added extra chewiness to the dish.  This reminded me of the one I had in Kyoto, and I think I preferred this tiny bowl over the traditional unadon box which was a bit too much for me.
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I didn’t like the grilled moochi Karasumi, however, all of my friends gave it a big thumb up. Karasumi isn’t in my scope at all, and I think it is too salty for my liking, may be I need a Karasumi tasting session to learn how to appreciate it.

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Ken Anho is following the footsteps of RyuGin, so if you are looking for sushi and sashimi this is not the place to go.

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A Luxe birthday lunch – Yun Sushi 允壽司

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Yun Sushi 允壽司

No. 9, Lane 160, Yanji St
台北市延吉街160巷9號
(02)2751-9828

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Secret omakase places have been buzzing in Taipei, Yun is definetly one of the fastest growing chain.  In Taipei scrumptious food places are all hidden in alleyways with a secret doorway, you just have to look out for them.  Yun Sushi is the first one to open its door followed by their standing sushi bar and  Shuko (food and wine), they also announced that a forth restaurant is on its way.  Yun sushi joins the handful of sushi bars in Taipei – the secret members only sushi bar, Kitcho, Yo Sushi, Komodo, just to name a few.

Slide  open Yun’s steel door, we were greeted by a sushi bar which sits around 12. Yun is pretty compact which was why we found that their waitresses were standing a bit too close to us at times.  They offer three different price range for both lunch and dinner – Lunch $1380, $1800 and $2500 (TWD), while dinner starts at $2500, $3000, and $3500 (TWD).

The waitress asked what sort of set do we want, what we prefer and what we don’t eat.  We told her that we would love to have sashimi and sushi only, both of us love uni, scallops and toro, and I don’t eat salmon.  However, when she repeated it to the sushi master, she said “They only want sashimi and sushi and they like uni.”, and she left out the rest.  I guess he overheard our conversation earlier and found what told by the waitress was different, therefore, he asked us again. Yun’s food quality is unquestionable and simply heavenly.

We had 6 sashimi dishes and 9 pieces of sushi.  I loved the soy sauce marinated pike mackerel wrapped in cucumber with grounded peanut the most, it was such an unique combination.   The uni and toro were unforgettable and I will definitely  go back for them.  Not to mention that their white sesame ice cream is the best one I have ever had in Taipei.  We paid $3500 each for our lunch, and it was a splurge compare to some other sushi bars in town.

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