For one, we had a very heavy breakfast that day before we met my friend, T for lunch at Shin Yeh. And then, I know that Shin Yeh is a chain of fancy restaurants serving Taiwanese cuisine, with restaurants in Taiwan, Singapore and even Beijing. A few of the guidebooks refer to Shen Yeh as "classy and relatively expensive Taiwanese cuisine". Somehow, that doesn't sound particularly appealing to me. I would have preferred words like "wholesome", "homecooked", "simple" etc.. much more than "classy" and "expensive"
And yet the food at Shin Yeh was pretty good. The food is pretty down-to-earth after all.. and not the pretentious kind that I thought a "classy Taiwanese restaurant" would serve up. I liked the place a lot more when I heard that they served plain porridge with sweet potatoes.
We had Deep-Fried Oysters seasoned with Salt and Pepper (which is like oyster tempura flavoured with a very typical Taiwanese seasoning - salt and white pepper), Braised Intestines (I don't really eat intestines but The Husband and my friend seemed to like them), Fried Prawn Balls (Prawns, onions and water-chestnuts mixed with batter and then deep fried) and Towel Gourd cooked with calms (This is very good - the towel gourd soaked up all the sweetness from the calms)
The Husband and I really couldn't eat very much due to our heavy breakfast.. but we still managed to almost finish up all 4 dishes. I would be looking forward to trying out the Shin Yeh at Liang Court in Singapore - to find out if it is as good.
Shin Yeh Restaurant 欣葉台菜料理Various stores in Taipei - check out their website for details
I went to the one near Taipei 101, at 信義新天地A9
Address : 台北市松壽路9號8樓（新光三越信義新天地A9館8樓