Grand Hotel, Taipei
What’s the one thing you have to do when you visit Taipei? Eat yum cha, of course. Earlier we had tried to eat at Din Tai Fung. Taipei’s most famous yum cha restaurant which its Hong Kong branch has been awarded a Michelin star since 2010.
The restaurant has a no reservation policy and of course the night we wanted to eat, there was an enormous queue of approximately two hours. Was it worth the wait to taste the succulent xiaolongbao dumplings, their most famous dish. lets just say we never found out.
Now as I stood in the lobby of the iconic Grand Hotel, the scarlet red lacquered pillars, flowing red carpet, the auspicious colour to symbolize luck and good fortune. The gold leafed ceiling, lanterns hanging illuminating the room. Dragon motifs intertwined throughout the structures, earning the hotel, the name “The Dragon Palace”.
Chiang Kai Shek established the hotel in 1952 as he felt it was difficult to host foreign ambassadors in Taiwan. The hotel has hosted such world leaders as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher and numerous others.
With it being such a prestigious hotel, we thought it would be the perfect place to eat yum cha. The Golden Dragon restaurant never failed to deliver succulent,juicy shrimp and pork dumplings, shrimp steam noodles served with our favourite Chinese food tender beef in black bean pepper sauce. I love that favour. The other main dish was chicken with crunchy cashews. Yes these dishes you can get in almost every western country but the taste is so damn good.
A meal is not complete without dessert however their almond jelly with fruit left a little to be desired.
I’ll let the photos tell you the story of the meal that we ate.
Have you eaten at the Grand Hotel in Taipei?