No. 168 Prime Steakhouse (Taipei)

August 23, 2013 in Food, Reviews, Taiwan, Travel by pacejmiller

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Rummaging through some old photos when I came across a set from what might have been an anniversary lunch last year. I can’t remember for sure, but what I can remember is that No. 168 Prime Steakhouse in Taipei’s Zhongshan district is a pretty good place to go for awesome steak, where it’s all about the quality of the meat and its raw, original flavours.

Located inside the Grand Victoria Hotel near the big Miramar ferris wheel in Taipei’s Songshan district, No. 168 is decorated like an upscale casual restaurant with a posh elegance to it.

The menu is extensive, with a range of a la carte options as well as lunch and dinner sets. Here is the full menu.

We went with the lunch set, which offers a range of options to choose from when selecting your starter, soup or salad, main course, side dish and dessert. The price of your set depends on the main you get, and can range from NT$900 to NT$3,500 (or more for a two-person main).

We started off with the Taraba Crab Cake and the Seared Hokkaido Scallop. Both were marvellous. The crab cake went really well with the herb salad and the tangy lemon oil dressing, and I was surprised by how good the sea urchin cream that went with the scallop was. A real satisfying start to a meal.

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Taraba Crab Salad

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Seared Hokkaido Scallop

Next up, the soup. Neither of us really cared much for the salads, so we went with their awesome soup of the day, a spectacular clam chowder, their signature soup. Fresh and creamy, it’s one of the best clam chowders soups I’ve had.

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No. 168 Clam Chowder

For the mains, we had to go with at least one wagyu steak, and the one we ended up choosing was the Australian Wagyu 9 + NT Strip Steak (I know, I had to come all the way to Taiwan for Australian beef). Medium-cooked, the beef was soft and juicy and roaring with natural flavours. Just the beef with some roasted garlic was perfection.

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The Australian Wagyu 9 + NY Strip Steak

But if that’s not enough for you, then you’ve got a range of delicious condiments to choose from — three types of salt (Himalayan, Hawaiian and French) and three types of mustard (English, French mustard seeds and French). Wow.

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Your steak condiments

For the other main, we chose the Roasted Pork Rib Eye, which wasn’t quite as good, though anything with roasted garlic and caramelized apple can’t be too bad. We used some of the steak condiments on the pork as well.

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Roasted Pork Rib Eye

A surprise was the side of roasted vegetables that came with the mains, which were spectacular. Check it out.

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Roasted Vegetables (side)

Last but not least, the desserts. I don’t know why we got three, but we did. The last one wasn’t even on the menu, and I think it is a chocolate tart. From memory they were OK, but not one of their fortes.

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Yogurt Cheese Cake

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Oven Roasted Apple

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Chocolate Tart (special)

No. 168 Prime Steakhouse is definitely one of the better steak joints I have been to in Taiwan. The prices may be a little dear for regular folks, but it’s worth it if you are looking for a ripping good steak or a fine dining experience.

8.5/10

Details

No. 168 Prime Steakhouse

Website: www.grandvictoria.com.tw

Address: Grand Victoria Hotel, 4 FL, No. 168, Jingye 4th Road, Dazhi, Zhongshan District (nearest MRT: Jiannan Road Station, brown line)

Phone: (02) 6602-5678

Hours: Weekday Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner 6:00-10:00pm; Weekend Lunch 12:00pm-3:00pm; Dinner 5:30pm-10:00pm