Review: Takarabune (Taipei)

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 :).

The Details:
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

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