Saturday, November 23, 2013

Mánzhe Diē #1 (瞞著爹1店)

As mentioned in my previous post, I was very impressed by Mánzhe Diē shop #3 and concluded I have to splurge at shop #1.  Shop #1 specializes in omakase.  Looking back, the price (NTD1880) wasn't too bad based on the quality and quantity of the food offered!  I would definitely do it again!

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Make sure you call for a reservation, this place gets packed and there are only limited number of seatings.  They have 3 rounds of dinner each night (17:00 / 19:00 / 21:00) - I went for the 19:00 so I actually have more time to enjoy my meal...  17:00 feels too rush...  I read that they offer 3 price points for the omakase (NTD1,200 / 1,500 / 2,000).  I don't recall being asked which "menu" I wanted but I paid around NTD1,800 in the end so it must have been the middle one.  I was eating pretty much the same thing as the rest of the customers were eating so it must have been the most popular set...

I must say the owner is smart since he is testing out different business models and catering to a different group of audience with different budgets at each of his stores.  (Yup, that's the Finance gal in me talking...)  Can't wait to check out his other shops!

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I went there on a weekday and it was packed!
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appetizers: candied roselle & edamame
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Fig and Squid Salad with Black Sesame Paste Dressing

I really enjoyed this dish.  It has figs, my favorite~
Not sure about the name of the greens but I love them!
And the star is the black sesame paste dressing!
So thick and so delicious!  I need to find the recipe for this!
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Torched Scallops Sashimi
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Hamachi Nigiri
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Sliced Squid Nigiri with Mentaiko
It has an interesting texture - chewy.
I quite enjoyed it
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Butan Ebi Nigiri - yummy!
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I always love my shrimp head fried but this one is even better since it's stuffed with rice!
The rice soaked up the jus and it's just amazing
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Matsuba Crab Gunkan with Salmon Roes
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Yellowtail Sashimi
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Uni Gunkan
YUM!
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My favorite Pacific Saury!!!
L O V E~~~
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Red Snapper
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This is supposed to be their featured nigiri with caviar over otoro over uni.
I actually find the flavor confusing because I can't taste the toro and uni individually anymore.
I really wanted to love this >.<
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Fluke Gunkan
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Our sushi chef - I wonder if he is the owner.
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During the course of the meal, this was brought to us as a snack.
I found it tasty but I was confused since I was still enjoying my sushi then...
It would have been better if it was given to me before or after the sushi course
Regardless, it's fantastic with beer.
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The other chef torching our fish for our chirashi
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I actually really enjoyed my chirashi!
I loved that they torch the fish so I am not overloaded with raw fish
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A simple grilled fish
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Perfectly cooked and just charred at just the right places
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You can tell I really enjoyed my fish when I devoured everything!
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Miso soup with clams and mushroom to wash everything down
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...and finally dessert to end a nice meal in a sweet note...
The red bean soup wasn't too sweet. Yay!
Give me rice cake anytime and I will be happy.
If you like your desserts sweet this may not be for you but I am happy :)

Among the different dishes, my favorite was actually the candied roselle.  (Closely followed by the salad - I love the black sesame paste as the dressing!!)  I was so glad when they refilled my roselle!  In fact, I made a batch at home just prior to leaving for Manila.  Because I was short on time, I only left it out to age overnight instead of three - what the recipe called for... It's been sitting in the fridge, waiting for me to come home.  I will find out soon enough if mine is edible...

(Update:  I am very pleased to report that my roselle were edible and tastes very nice actually... crunchy, sour, and sweet!  I am shocked with the amount of sugar I added, they were still quite sour!!!  I actually felt the need to add more sugar when I make my next batch!!!  Click here to see how I made mine.)

Again, I really enjoyed my meal here so would recommend anyone to go and check it out if you are in Taipei!

Mánzhe Diē #1 (瞞著爹1店)  
台北市八德路二段346巷7弄15號
Tel: +886 0926-594575
Hours: 12:00 ~ 14:00, 17:00~23:00
Reservation and Cash only!
Again, this is an omakase restaurant so there will be no menu.

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