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Brief Birthday Rendezvous in YEN at W Hotel Taipei

From exciting street foods to celebrity-chef restaurants, Taiwan is a mecca for food enthusiasts. And fortunately, to celebrate my Dad’s birthday, my family was able to rendezvous at W Hotel Taipei for a lovely couple days this past week. After enjoying iconic Taiwanese breakfast choices earlier in the morning (such as “Dan Bing,” fried egg pancakes), we found a nice afternoon tea spot in Taipei 101. Located on the 4th floor of Taiwan’s tallest building, the cafe was the perfect resting space in between shopping. After all, delicious afternoon tea cakes can substitute for a glamorous birthday cake right? (I definitely thought so!)

But of course, no birthday gastronomic rendezvous is complete until a proper family dinner. After positive reviews, we made our birthday dinner reservation for YEN Restaurant on the 31st floor of the W Hotel. Boasting an amazing skyline view of Taipei, we were extremely excited to have some high quality Asian cuisine.

From YEN’s extensive wine list, we chose a nice bottle of Italian Castiglioni and paired it with a variety of seafood and red meat. Of the various dishes we tried, my Dad really enjoyed YEN’s fried King Prawns, which were nicely spiced and topped with crisp lotus roots. My Mom found the diced Wagyu steak with asparagus to be perfect with the Chianti. But I think, my personal favorite had to be the savory ‘3 Cups’ Braised Cod–the ‘3 cups’ referring to rice wine, soya sauce, and sesame oil that is used to create the classic Chinese dish.

Overall, YEN was a definitely a phenomenal wine and dine affair–we really enjoyed ourselves! Especially since the trendy restaurant was well spaced out and quiet, a pleasant change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the hotel’s popular Woobar downstairs. So if you’re ever in Taipei looking for a special-occasion restaurant, stop by YEN for a nice meal and soak in Taipei’s skyline. The W Hotel was also centrally located and perfect for weekend getaways and shoppers looking to do some damage in Taipei’s popular Xinyi area!

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W Hotel Taipei’s nice daytime pool transforms into an immensely popular cocktail lounge, Woobar at night

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Afternoon Tea ‘Birthday Cakes’: Ladyfingers Raspberry Cheesecake and Napoleon Cake

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Entrance of YEN Restaurant with a nice clear view of the Chefs’ preparations

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A sleek interior featuring many low hanging lights

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Boasting a good wine list, YEN has nicely spaced out tables great for special occasions

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Complimentary Tofu freshly seasoned with parsley

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Fried King Prawns with crisp lotus roots and cucumbers, glazed with sweet chili sauce

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“3 cups” Braised Cod: simmered in chili, sesame oil, soya sauce, and rice wine

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Diced Australian Wagyu Beef with sea salt on a bed of asparagus

And last but certainly not least, Happy Birthday Dad! Thank you for inspiring me with your actions, and challenging me to be a more passionate and driven person everyday.

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Happy Birthday to my dearest Dad!

Love, eatprayjade x.

P.S.- As I just arrived in Tokyo for the summer, watch out for my new food adventures in another delicious city! I absolutely cannot wait.

Address // W Taipei, No. 10, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Rd, Taiwan 110
Telephone // 886 2 7703 8887
Website // http://www.wtaipei.com/en/yen

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  1. Thank you! I absolutely cannot wait to try everything, all the restaurants I’ve walked past look quaint and magical!

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      • Sorry about the delay getting back to you! I hope Tokyo is treating you well. 😀 Yes. We went to the Hilltop location. Hubby booked the private room for my birthday. We had outstanding service and were continually surprised throughout the meal and after with amazing touches. I felt like a queen! We haven’t been back for so long but our friends go to the Ikebukuo location for their anniversary every year.

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