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!
Helen Yuet Ling Pang
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
re: K K
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.
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.