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Artful Zen Cuisine at Shintori
By Ken Lin Translated by Cheryl
ancient Japan, Zen masters fasted during meditation. Afterwards,
they ate a simple meal consisting of three courses and
a bowl of soup. The emphasis was on nature and serene
settings that augmented spiritual contemplation. In modern
Japan, the essence of the Zen-style repast gave birth
to a unique cuisine and dining atmosphere, which quickly
caught on in that country and the rest of the world.
Bamboo, synonymous with tranquility, fills
the interiors of Shintori Restaurant. Meandering streams and
arched bridges create the sensation of "old Toky."
Dining rooms are pristine and private with frosted glass windows,
and the use of gold and black in the decor combined with delicate
utensils add refinement.
menu includes much more than simple dishes and soup though.
Actually, it is very extensive with so many offerings
that it might be hard to decide what to order. Set meals,
including an appetizer, soup, sashimi, boiled dish, fried
dish, grilled dish, main course and dessert, are definitely
Business set lunches are available from NT$690
to NT$1,380. The sashimi set (NT$690) and the Zen Japanese
set (NT$780) are popular choices. Other sets are named after
three of Japan's most famous kilns (Kyomizu, Karatsu and Kasama),
and range in price from NT$1,880 to NT$2,880.
dishes include Organic Vegetable and Fruit Sushi, Aloe
Sushi and Wild Yam Sushi, are all artfully served on rectangular
plates. The cold Noodles with Wild Yam presents potato
strips atop a bed of lotus petals and bamboo leaves. The
Wrapped Fish melts in your mouth, and is accompanied by
wild yam and lotus seeds. The crispy fried Filet of Sole
is fresh from the sea, and the grilled beef dishes are
made with top quality U.S. sirloin.
I was impressed with everything I tried, and
I was captivated by the Zen appeal. Shintori is an excellent
alternative to Taipei's traditional Japanese restaurants.