Tien Hsiang Lo (天香樓), B1, 41 Minquan East Rd, Sec. 2. (The Landis Taipei Hotel). Tel: +886 2 25971234 , Authentic Hangzhou cuisine. Reservations are recommended.

Pearl Liang (漂亮中式海鮮餐廳), 2F, 2 Songshou Rd (Grand Hyatt Taipei). Tel:+886 2 2720-1200 ,Offers unique, fresh, live seafood and dim sum.

Shang Palace (香宮), 6F, 201 Dunhua South Rd Sec. 2. (Far Eastern Plaza Hotel). Tel: +886 2 2378-8888 , Specialize in Cantonese and regional Chinese cuisines. Note: Dim sum is available for lunch only.

Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐), 194 Xinyi Rd Sec. 2 (Entrance of Yongkang Street). Tel:+886 2 2321-8928, Famous for its steamed pork dumplings. Worth a detour. Several locations in Taipei and worldwide. Gets very crowded even on weekdays so book in advance. (Dira’s Favorite)

Taiwan Pa (太玩吧), 1F, No.155, Sec.2,AnHo R.d Tel:+886 2 2732-7010 . Business Hour: 8:00p.m-3:00a.m

(Mon.-Sat.)Famous for mix-taiwanese tapas. Great collection of local wine

Peking Do It True (北平都一處), 506 Renai Rd Sec. 4. Tel: +886 2 2720-6417 . This is the place to go if you crave good Beijing cuisine. Visitors may be surprised to see a large photo of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush on the wall, taken when he ate at the restaurant during his trip to Taiwan in 1994.

Yin-Yih Restaurant (銀翼餐廳), 2F 18 Jinshan South Rd Sec. 2. Tel:+886 2 2341-7799. Dedicated to old style Yangzhou cuisine.

Shan Xi Dao Xiao Mian (山西刀削麵), 2, Lane 118, Heping East Road Sec. 2. (@ Fuxing S Road, near Technology Bldg MRT station, is in an alley of Taiwan National University) Tel: +886 2 2378-7890. Serving knife cut noodles, which are known for their chewy texture. As the name suggests, a block of noodle dough is held and the noodles are cut straight off of the block. Cheap and very popular, but no English menus.

Yongkang Beef Noodle (永康牛肉麵), 17, Lane 31, Jinshan South Road Sec. 2. Tel: +886 2 2351-1051 ,  One of the top-twenty beef noodle shops in Taipei.

Kiki Restaurant (Kiki 老媽餐廳), 28, Fuxing South Road Sec. 1.  Tel: +886 2 2752-2781, Just Opposited the Breeze Center, This restaurant serves authentic Szechwanese peppery hot pot

Soy Milk King of the World (世界豆漿大王), 284 Yonghe Road Sec. 2. Tel:+886 2 8927-0000 Near the MRT Dingxi Station, located just outside of Taipei City, in Yonghe City. It’s the original “Yonghe Doujiang” (from which all other places copied), it’s open 24-hours and it’s cheap!Soy Milk King of the World

Tainan Tan-tsu-mien Seafood Restaurant (台南擔仔麵), 31 Huaxi Street. Tel:+886 2 2308-1123   Legendary in the Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market (Snake Alley).

Ching-Yeh (青葉餐廳), 10, Lane 105, Zhongshan North Road Sec. 1. Tel:+886 2 2571-3859      . The most famous Taiwanese restaurant in Taipei, beside the Zhongshan North Road.

Shinyeh’s Table (欣葉蔥花), 2F 201 Zhongxiao East Road Sec.4. Tel:+886 2 2778-8712 . Near the MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, located right inside the Tongling Department Store. It’s the newest Taiwanese cuisine restaurant in Taipei. Menu has English.