時尚高潮食記：首都大飯店豫園中餐廳 – Review: Yuyuan Chinese Restaurant – Capital Hotel Taipei
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Review: Capital Hotel Taipei Yuyuan Chinese Restaurant
I’ve been reviewing luxury hotels my whole life, last time when I decided to try a business hotel called San Want Hotel Residences in Taipei for a change, it turned out to be an excellent hidden gem. So I started my mission to look for “good hotels that are yet to be discovered.” I’ve heard of The Capital Hotel for a while now, but I haven’t had a chance to visit them yet.
Last week, I finally took the time to check it out. Our mission of the night was to try Capital Hotel’s Yuyuan Chinese Restaurant located on the second floor of the Capital Hotel.
Watch our video first:
首都大飯店大廳環境 (Capital Hotel Taipei & Its Lobby)：
The lobby of the Capital Hotel is bright and clean, quite the level of a star-rated hotel. The elevator is down the end of a hallway on the right. There is only one elevator, making it not as “grand” as the hotel’s Chinese name suggests.
豫園中餐廳 (Yuyuan Chinese Restaurant)
The patio seating on the first floor that I see through the elevator’s glass windows almost made me want to turn back. I’m not sure if there’s a restaurant for that.
The elevator opens on the second floor to an Oriental decor, a variety of Chinese porcelain and antique art pieces line the hallway and guide us into Yuyuan Restaurant. Upon entering is a curved sign that reads “Yuyuan Shanghai Soup Dumplings.” After entering the Yuyuan Restaurant, the main dining hall is filled with elegant and oriental style tables and chairs. There are also six to fourteen-person booths suitable for Chinese gatherings.
- 殘編對中餐不熟悉，於是點了豫園品饌套餐 （$1288+10%服務費），將選擇困難症問題丟給餐廳處理。套餐裡似乎少了青菜類，於是我們加點了「清炒娃娃菜」
I’m not too familiar with Chinese cuisine, so we ordered the Yuyuan Chinese Set Menu ($1288+10% service charge) and passed the baton along with our decision –making problems all together to the restaurant. We see a lack of veggies in the set, so we ordered a Chinese baby cabbage.
豫園品饌套餐 (Yuyuan Chinese Set Menu):
- 弄堂三味品 (Appetizer Platter)
The appetizer platter includes drunken chicken, vegetarian bean curd roll and bitter gourd. The dish looks delicious and diversified, but our server didn’t make any introduction when serving the food; she also had no knowledge of what she was bringing to the table when we asked.
The drunken chicken is garnished with goji. Our friend thought the chicken tasted too strong, but I loved it. It was hard to figure out what the ingredients were in the bean curd roll, our server simply replied “just some vegetarian stuff,” when we asked her. My guess is mushrooms and black fungus. The bitter gourd (bitter melon) is crisp and refreshing with a hint of plum scent, which removes the bitterness.
- 炒娃娃菜 (Chinese baby cabbage)
Chinese baby cabbage is topped with a few slices of carrots and mushrooms, the taste is light.
- 三鮮圓籠蒸餃 (Seafood Steamed Dumplings)
The steamed dumplings look “dough over filling” with thick skin and possibly hard to chew. Once bitten down, soup squirts out the dumping (watch the video) like a real soup dumpling (xiaolongbao)! So we ask for ginger and black vinegar to take care of them as if they’re soup dumplings. The “Yuyuan Shanghai Soup Dumplings” sign upon entrance makes sense now, maybe soup dumplings are their specialty. The server was generous with the ginger, he didn’t give us the kind of frustration you usually get when you realize there’s not enough ginger in your take-out xiaolongbao or wasabi in your sushi delivery.
- 翠綠鮮帶子 (Stir Fry Vegetable with Scallop)
Jumbo scallops are stir-fried with sliced asparagus, red and yellow peppers, and garlic. The presentation isbright and colourful.
- 金蒜銀絲蒸蝦（蒜泥蒸草蝦）(Steamed Garlic Prawns with Vermicelli Noodles)
Steamed shrimp is presented on a bed of vermicelli noodles and topped with lots of garlic and scallions, the vermicelli is full of seafood flavours and leaves us wanting for more.
- 古法東坡肉 / Dongpo Pork
Pork belly meat is cooked with the ancient recipe. Unfortunately, the meat is almost 100% fat with no traces of lean meat. Dongpo Pork is served with Shanghai Style Vegetable Rice. The server recommended us to eat them together.
- 上海菜飯 / Shanghai Style Vegetable Rice
The waiter provided us with no information for this dish either, but this Shanghai Style Vegetable Rice seems to be mixed with bacon, mushrooms, and chopped vegetables. It is served with a hot clay pot, similar to a Korean style “stone pot bibimbap. We all know the best part of bibimbap is the rice crust. The dish was sizzling when served, but the crust never formed because the rice was too oily. We even asked for a new container to make the crust. The results remain the same.
- 蔥油蒸鱈魚 ( Steamed Codfish with Scallions)
Codfish is very tender with a touch of scallions; the dish is light and easy to finish.
- 圓盅燉雞湯 (Stew Chicken Soup)
Chicken soup is sweet and delicious and cooked and served with bone-in chicken meat, the meat is cooked to fall-off-the-bone tender, and the soup sweetened entirely with the chicken’s natural flavours only.
- 寶島四季鮮水果 (Taiwanese Seasonal Fruit)
Taiwanese Seasonal Fruit Includes grapes, and a piece of watermelon, cantaloupe, and guava each.
- 主廚精緻甜品 （Chef Exquisite Dessert)
Our chef’s exquisite dessert is a coconut-milk pudding/cake with lots of shredded coconut. “To make such a rich coconut-milk pudding isn’t easy,” said our chef friend.
Capital Hotel Taipei brands itself as a “Grand” hotel（首都“大”飯店）in Chinese, which leads one into expecting star-quality service and food. Both Capital Hotel‘s food and service see room for improvement.