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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Ben Shabu 犇極鍋物 – my favorite chill out in winter

犇極鍋物 Ben Shabu

Ben shabu 犇極鍋物

No.2, Lane 102, Sec.1, Anhe Rd., 安和路一段102巷2號

2703 2296

I can’t believe how often I come to this place, lost the count but looking back at my calender looks like I’m there every week.

Ben Shabu located next to

Ben Teppanyaki 

last year the owner renovate the used to be VIP rooms into this luxe shabu restaurant.

Most of the hot pot place in Asian have a strong soup base which overpower the amour of the indigents. For Ben Shabu they adopt the Japanese style dashi stock (kombu & Katsuobushi) which can bring out the true flavor of the luxury ingredients.

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they have a few choices for appetizers, for me steam egg with truffle rulz

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They provide great table-side services, basically all you have to do is put the food into your mouth and that’s it.

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their fresh looking vegetable platter, thumb ups for it especially the fish cakes and tomato.

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look at the meat, drooling… and the shrimp paste is another must have .

Their waiters come help you cook most of seafood and veggie and leave the meat for you, may b I am a slow eater so from time to time they come and help me with the meat too.  According to their beef tastes the best when it’s medium which is bloody true.

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lastly, they turn the soup base to porridge.. this this this leave me speechless no matter how full I am ……. divine.

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I loved Ben Teppanyaki before I discover Ben Shabu, or may be should I said I didn’t go back to Teppanyaki after the incident on my friend’s birthday.  Ben Shabu provide top notch food and service.

A must go in Taipei after DaWan Yakiniku

 

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