Mitsui 上乘三井

Mitsui 上乘三井

104台灣台北市中山區農安街34號

Recommended by my Taiwanese friend, Mitsui is a fine dining Japanese restaurant that serves pretty good meals at a super reasonable price. Made reservation a month ago and luckily I did that as the restaurant was quite full already when I was there. Omakase set starts at TWD $1800 but there was a lunch omakase set that costs TWD $1200 (slightly < S$60) which is really a steal. Since I went during lunch, I got the lunch omakase and also got their chutoro and otoro sushi for less than TWD $400 (<$20).

mitsui - 1The omakase set started with a small sashimi platter. Sashimi was really fresh as there is not a single fishy smell in them. Flesh was also really dense and slightly springy too. However, the maguro felt slightly over chilled as the inner flesh is at the brink of becoming slightly icy.

mitsui - 2

mitsui - 3Then, the chutoro and otoro came which were SO huge. Really thick slices on top of a small lump of rice. It’s definitely worth the amount paid. I prefer their otoro to chutoro more as otoro melts more quickly in your mouth while chutoro is less fatty than the ones I had at Shinji. Still, the chutoro here is pretty good. Otoro is creamy and melts quite quickly. I guess it was too huge that it has some small ligaments in it. However, it is still a good piece of sushi I felt.

mitsui - 4The seared scallop is pretty fresh and juicy but I thought the outside was slightly overcooked as it tastes just slightly dry.

mitsui - 5The salt grilled huge prawn was really huge, juicy and succulent! There’s just a little too much salt sprinkled on the shell, so don’t try using your mouth to peel the shell.

mitsui - 6Cod fish with fried sweet potato shreds. I love this cod fish, very well cooked moist and the skin is slightly crispy. The really crispy potato shreds are slightly sweet and go very well with the fish. Love this dish.

mitsui - 7Their pan fried beef was also very soft and evenly marbled with fats. I believe beef lovers would love this dish as the fats would make the beef melt in your mouth and feels really soothing to the palates. The simple savoury Japanese sauce makes the beef pretty fragrant too.

mitsui - 8Next comes the clear soup which has some sort of shell fish in it. Shellfish is fresh as meat is springy and your teeth doesn’t sink into it when chewing. The soup also tastes fresh and like its name suggests, clear. The taste of the soup actually felt slightly Chinese I thought as I think the spices used were somewhat similar in Chinese cooking. Still a great soup!

mitsui - 9Then we got the complementary green tea matcha ice cream which was thick, creamy and rich in matcha flavour.

mitsui - 10So, I spent slightly less than SGD $80 on this meal and I thought it was really worth it given the quality and quantity. There were some slight misses but overall the lunch omakase is really value for money! Get the chutoro or otoro too if you are fan of toro as they are so HUGE and service is pretty good too but then again service in Taiwan is generally quite good, better than Singapore in general. I suspect that their seafood is so fresh as they are near to the sea and really close to Japan, so their catch will be pretty similar. So if you are hoping to get a good Japanese meal in Taiwan, I would recommend this.

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