I always look forward to eating Japanese food when I visit Taipei. On my recent trip to visit my extended family, we went to one of my Aunt’s favorite sushi places for dinner – Takarabune (寶船日本料理), meaning ‘treasure ship’ in Japanese. I was especially excited for two reasons: in Shanghai, although there are several Japanese restaurants, GREAT sushi places where the quality and a good variety of fish are hard to come by and ALSO I love sushi!
Takarabune is your everyday neighborhood sushi joint. We had a group of 8 people so we booked a private room in the back of the restaurant.
Almost every restaurant in Taipei you can BYOB. I come from a family of whiskey lovers…single malt. And I also come from a family that likes to eat good food.
First dish, assorted sashimi platter. Second dish, shark topped with green and red onion.
Next up, a delicious white fish sushi lightly charred with a blowtorch & topped with scallions, a salad with a mix of bamboo, fresh corn, broccoli, asparagus, topped with raisins and lastly octopus rolls.
The next dish was my favorite! Uni wrapped in nori and topped with green onions. I think this is an acquired taste but after having it in Japan fresh at the Tsukiji Fish Market, I was a believer! It’s just buttery and creamy and has a perfect salty sweetness. I asked for another order of these since they were so good!
Sauteed spinach salad with a soy dressing.
Yummy…Tempura. I don’t think you can tell from the photo but the tempura shrimp was ginormous! Probably the length of my forearm.
Lastly, the dessert! Watermelon, grass jelly and sweet red beans.
I was stuffed! My family loves to feed me. I definitely recommend this casual japanese restaurant if you are in the area. Everything we ate was really tasty. The sashimi was a good size and sliced nicely. They were really busy that evening so the service was a little spotty since they were a little short handed and we were tucked away in the back. I’m sorry I didn’t get an idea on pricing since at the end of every family gathering, as a sign of politeness, there was a lot of fighting over the bill. My oldest uncle won this time. Ah…Taiwanese traditions :).
Takarabune 寶船日本料理 also called Baochwan in Chinese | No.93, Sec. 2, Ren’ai Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.) | 886-2-2322-3121 / 886-2-2394-9665