Dodo's Taiwanese colleague didn't offer the thought as a conversation starter. She stated as fact that the "best Japanese outside Japan is to be found in Taiwan." I was skeptical until chef Weng from Hui Sushi started placing dishes in front of me. The Japanese were in Taiwan for about 50 years starting in 1895 so it makes sense. However, since I tend to stay away from superlatives, let's just say that Hui Sushi was the best Japanese food I've ever tasted in Taiwan! It was damned good and I offer up the photos and words to prove it. Take a peek at the miso soup with prawn and hidden chunks of succulent fish.
There are exactly six seats at Hui. Yes, s-i-x. So, along with the chef, at max, there are seven people in the room. You sit around a counter and watch the chef do his thing. When we arrived he was grinding and hand mixing the wasabi. There's no menu, you just sit back and wait. The abalone, below, was the tenderest I've ever had, flavored with just a touch of salt.
I don't usually like pickled ginger but this one was extraordinary. Chef made it fresh, as expected. It was not as strong as some others I've had.
When the sashimi and sushi started to arrive in waves, it was so sublime that I kinda blanked out trying to write down names of fish. Enjoy the photos.
Near Section 5 XinYi Rd
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Reservations are a must: 0922-222-775