Despite a satisfying bowl of udon at Marukame the day before, the relentless hammering hot weather kept feeding my craving for some cold udon, and so I decided to give Rakurakuan Udon a second chance.
A while back, I had gone to their first branch at the Hanshin mall adjacent to the Kaohsiung Arena, it was on a week-end, the wait was quite long, long enough that I almost lost my appetite. The atmosphere was frantic, the staff was running left and right trying to service everyone but looked kind of disorganized at it, and whether the food was good or not, I don’t even quite remember. It was a forgettable experience, and forget I did.
But then again, I can be a pretty forgiving person :twisted:. Rakurakuan Udon happens to have a second branch inside the Dream Mall, conveniently close to my homebase, and since I had a shopping errand, I bicycled my way over during the past week-end. Yes, nothing better than a ride under the sun and the humid air to work myself a sweaty appetite :). Continue reading Rakurakuan Udon 樂樂庵之烏龍麵 (khh)→
Last week, before the Sunflower movement set in motion, I had an episode of acute ramen craving (#firstworldproblem). I couldn’t think of where to go, so I browsed through Hungry Girl in Taipei’s blog for some inspiration, which doesn’t make sense since I am in Kaohsiung… go figure O_o.
From having read a few articles about it, Ippudo had been buzzing in my head, and sticked in my mind. Apparently, it’s quite the craze in New-York, where the only two branches in America are located in so far. Joan’s review sounded promising, so I looked up online to see if by any chance, Kaohsiung had also an Ippudo branch, and it did! So does Tainan, though I’m surprised Taichung doesn’t yet have a branch of it own as well.
Besides the cute public art at the Taoyuan airport, nothing says “Welcome to Taiwan” better than a first meal at the flagship DinTaiFung on Yongkang street.
After freshly picking up my friend in the wee hours, 6am(!), making it back to Taipei, dropping off luggages and a quick rest, the timing was just perfect to hit DinTaiFung at opening time, and conveniently avoid their infamous crowd. It had been a while since my last time there, so it was nice to check back in.
Be it food or service, I don’t recall any bad experience at DinTaiFung, and on this visit, I was particularly blown away by their service, so smooth, very helpful, efficient, all smile, and cordial. As we sat down, someone came by to help us put our personal belongings away, when I started ordering, the waitress suggested that I get half a serving of the shrimp shumai to leave some appetite for other dishes, and indicated that the (pricey) truffle xiaolongbao could be purchased individually, but I was in to treat my guest so I sticked with the full serving . Continue reading DinTaiFung 鼎泰豐: Taste, Service, Service→