Here are the best new bars and restaurants in Taipei 2021
By Tatler Taiwan
05 Aug 2021
The Best New Places to Eat, Drink, and Stay in Taiwan, As Recommended by Tatler Taiwan Editors
About half an hour from Taipei by car is Jiaoxi, one of the country’s most famous spas. The latest luxury hotel to open in the city is Vivir, a 31-room property clad in a spectacular curved bamboo shell, which will stand the test of time and, the architect hopes, become a shelter for birds and butterflies. . Inside, guests have access to an on-site art gallery, a restaurant designed to evoke a cave, and calming spaces for meditation and contemplation.
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Celebrity chef Richie Lin is famous for fusing local ingredients with international flavors, as he did at his Michelin-starred Nordic restaurant Mume and as he now does at Coast, a Taiwanese-Thai restaurant at Regent Hotel, Taipei. . Coast was created in partnership with Ian Kittichai, the famous Thai chef who is behind the Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok.
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The Speakeasy-style Mu Bar opened in March 2020 – just as the pandemic was spreading around the world – but unexpectedly got off to a good start. Earlier this year, its co-owner, Bannie Kang, received the Mancino Bartenders’ Bartender Award by Asia’s 50 Best Bars, which is the only award of the evening voted on by the bar staff themselves. Mu serves both food and drink. Kang recommends going for the cocktail pairing menu – his favorite combination is the foie gras puff pastry served with a clarified piña colada.
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This bar-restaurant is full of surprises, starting with its entrance, hidden inside a tailor’s shop. This is the idea of Seven Yi, a molecular gastronome who became a bartender trained under the direction of Joël Robuchon and who imagined a menu of innovative cocktails each served with a sofa. Highlights include the Bloody Chilli, which incorporates Sichuan peppercorns into a traditional Bloody Mary, and the Gir, a blend of matcha powder, honey, house gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Make sure you book in advance, there are only two sessions per night.
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