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Tuesday, December 02, 2008
hotpot/japanese: i recommend ORANGE SHABU SHABU
ORANGE SHABU SHABU
No. 135, Da An Road, Sec 1, B1
hours: 11:30AM - 11PM (other location open til 2 AM!)
Kid friendliness: high chairs available
Visit reviewed: 11/8/08
A lot of the shabu shabus in Taipei are probably interchangable- after all, how hard could it be- give your customer a pot of boiling water, a plate of meat and vegetables and let them cook it themselves. But some places, like Orange Shabu Shabu, offer some unique things to set themselves apart from the rest.
I had been to Orange Shabu Shabu (in Chinese, it would sound like the color Orange and not the fruit Orange) a long time ago- maybe around the time I had started my blog. I remember the space being on the dark side and with semi-private sectioned seating, as if you could make a shabu-shabu space look like the cousin of a lounge bar. Its menu also offers a lot of fresh seafood- Emperor crab, oysters, scallops, shrimp- as well as sashimi. Dinner will probably be about NT$1000-NT$2000 per person, depending on which set you order.
They also have imported copper pots that you share to cook your meats and veggies.
Make sure you get an order of the super sweet corn. It's already cooked, so you just need to let it boil in the water for a little bit before you eat it. It's crisp and addictive.
Someone at the table ordered seared oysters and I'm glad they did! I love oysters and usually prefer eating them deep fried over raw or steamed, but the grilling gave the skin a nice semi-crispy finish that was a nice contrast to the mushy insides.
For dessert, you can choose between pudding or almond jello. But their almond jello is like the kind at Shin Yeh and a few other places, where it's more like mochi-gelatin than firm gelatin. A lot of people like it, but I don't like the texture in this dessert.
The atmosphere is perfect for date night or romantic night out, but still good for eating out with friends or family. Orange is a popular place, so definitely make reservations in advance. Their new location is open until 2am at night!
29, RenAi Rd, Sec 4, 2 FL
Hours:6 PM - 2 AM
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