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Shin Yeh

foodie guide Sep 15, 2008 02:45 PM

I usually post on the UK/Ireland board, but am planning a 2 week trip to HK, Macau and Beijing next month. I was wondering if anyone has been to Shin Yeh and has positive feedback (or any feedback) about it? I have a shortlist of restaurants for 10 lunch and dinner slots, and would like to know if it's worth reserving a slot for!

Many thanks

Helen Yuet Ling Pang

  1. K K Sep 15, 2008 09:46 PM

    Are you referring to Shin Yeh (headquarters supposedly in Taipei) with a branch in Japan and Beijing?


    The one in Taipei (somewhere inside the 101 building) where they serve Taiwanese food upscale banquet style has been on my to-try list for a while. I've only been to their Japanese style buffet earlier this year. Great value, a lot of variety, but wasn't the best out of 3 Japanese style buffets I had in Taipei.

    The one in Beijing, based on the website, looks to be high end banquet dining


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    1. re: K K
      foodie guide Sep 16, 2008 01:12 AM

      Thanks for this! I don't think I want high end banquet dining on this trip, not for 2 people anyway. I'll keep on looking. My problem is that I have to consider my husband who is vegetarian but eats fish, so I would be the only one eating meat and seafood! So every restaurant on my shortlist has been selected to accommodate both our tastes. I've got one vegetarian restaurant (Pure Lotus), but that's it, as I'm sure we'll be able to find things for him in non-vegetarian restaurants.

    2. e_ting Sep 17, 2008 09:29 AM

      not keen on shin yeh at all. their outlet in 101 is super high end, but hey have more local ones e.g. above one of the department stores (mitsukoshi?), but the food is mediocre.

      in general, you shouldn't have an issue with getting good vegetarian/pescatarian in taiwan because many people are strict buddhists and don't eat meat and even 'normal' restaurants will have a good number of vegetarian dishes.

      while not vegetarian, a must-go restaurant in taipei imo is Du Xiao Yue - it's featured in a lot of guidebooks, but locals go too, coz everything there is sublime.

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      1. re: e_ting
        foodie guide Sep 17, 2008 11:35 AM

        e ting - thanks so much for this, but i'm actually going to beijing, not taipei (which i loved last time i was there)! but thanks for that tip on Du Xiao Yue. i've made a note of it for my next trip...

        1. re: foodie guide
          e_ting Sep 18, 2008 10:07 AM

          oh whoops - i automatically assumed it was taipei 'cause of the shinyeh mention...

          in any case, in beijing, there's a good vegetarian restaurant called pure lotus, it's in the holiday inn lido if i remember correctly!

          1. re: e_ting
            foodie guide Sep 20, 2008 10:01 AM

            Thanks, that's on the list already, recommended by Beijing friends. It's my only vegetarian place. All the rest are places I'd like to go to, hoping that there'll be enough vegetarian things!

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