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The Best Restaurants for Teppanyaki in Taipei and Taichung

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A teppanyaki experience engages the five senses as it allows diners to witness the interaction between the chef and the ingredients. The MICHELIN Guide includes several teppanyaki spots in Taipei that allow eager diners to experience the cooking style’s unique charm.
Updated on 02 May 2024

The true origins of teppanyaki may be lost to history, but this style of cuisine, which was introduced to Taiwan from Japan in the 1970s is now ubiquitous and beloved in Taiwan’s streets, night markets, and restaurant scene. Our inspectors have selected several teppanyaki establishments in the MICHELIN Guide Taipei & Taichung that allow diners to experience the charm of having front row seats to the multi-sensory cooking process.

Iron Chef Teppanyaki
2F, 215 Zhifu Road, Zhongshan District, 104 Taipei
$$$$ · Teppanyaki

The cooking philosophy here is based on the four principles of serving diners fresh, hot and well-executed food with a good attitude. The menu changes according to the seasons and signatures include U.S. beef sirloin roll, grilled unagi, and freshly popped corn. Premium ingredients such as Japanese A5 Omi Wagyu Beef rolls, sashimi-grade Hokkaido scallops, and red sea urchin, as well as Rougié Duck Foie Gras, are popular on the grill, as are the chef’s innovative creations like gua bao stuffed with Australian grain-fed Wagyu tongue and fried rice with Hiroshima oysters — a taste of the sea paired with rice fragrant with the addition of tea leaf, mixed nuts, and dried fruit.

Mori Teppanyaki
502, Section 4, Yifeng Road, Nantun District, 408 Taichung
$$$$ · Teppanyaki

Situated in Nantun District, Mori revamps teppanyaki by not adding oil to the hot plate, thus requiring exceptional skills on the chefs’ part. Beef is served deconstructed — divided into parts according to the marbling and texture, each cooked to different doneness with different seasoning. Several cooking methods are employed, such as grilling on two sides, single-side searing for thinner cuts, L-style frying, and cooking for 6 minutes on the griddle. Apart from Japanese Imperial Wagyu — not available elsewhere in Taiwan — choose between U. S. SRF or Aussie M9 Wagyu, Iberico pork, lobster, lamb, and non-GMO black tea chicken.

Robin's Teppanyaki
2F, Regent Hotel, 3, Lane 39, Section 2, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, 104 Taipei
$$$$ · Teppanyaki

Located in the Regent Hotel, Robin’s Teppanyaki, named after a long-serving maîtred’, offers spacious seating, an extensive wine list, and a variety of set menus featuring premium steaks and imported seafood from the US, Japan, and Australia, cooked to the customer’s preferences. The six-course dinner unfolds according to your pace as experienced chefs time things just right, communicating freely with guests at close range.

The Ukai
46F, Breeze Nan Shan, 17 Songzhi Road, Xinyi District, 110 Taipei
$$$$ · Teppanyaki

The Taiwanese outpost of the Ukai Group in Japan weaves in Taiwanese ingredients and Western techniques, but everything from the cooking philosophy and interior design, to crockery and utensils, are meticulously Japanese. A variety of set menus are available, changing according to the seasons and availability. Signatures include Wagyu sirloin imported exclusively from Tamura farm, premium Taiwanese “Nine-Holes” abalone steamed with Japanese kelp and Tainan rock salt, as well as a seemingly simple garlic fried rice that features Niigata Koshihikari rice, minced garlic, kelp salt, and soy sauce.

B1, 192-1, Section 4, Chengde Road, Shilin District, 111 Taipei
$$$$ · Teppanyaki

Tucked away discreetly, the Italian stained glass, atmospheric windows, and luxurious tableware make dining at this restaurant a unique and elegant experience. The chef, who cut his teeth in one of most prestigious teppanyaki restaurants in Japan, pays close attention to the quality of the ingredients, utilizing premium meats and seafood, as well as local organic vegetables and freshly caught fish. The restaurant also specializes in sauces; every dish is perfectly paired with unique French sauces including porter sauce with pan-seared foie gras, honey mustard, or truffle-infused pumpkin purée with lobster, or champagne and chicken jus black truffle sauce with kombu-cured steamed abalone.

Hero image by 陳冠廷 (The Ukai).

This article was written by MICHELIN Guide Taipei & Taichung and translated by Rachel Tan. The original article can be viewed here.