Located on the third floor of the Mandarin Oriental Taipei is Ya Ge an elegant Chinese restaurant that specialises in traditional-Chinese dishes made with the finest and freshest ingredients. Ya Ge focuses on locally-grown produce and has a carefully crafted menu of creative dishes by its experienced culinary team. Ya Ge also offers a selection of traditional dim sum delicacies, as well as a selection of wines and fine teas.
I was having dinner in the main dining room but Ya Ge has also a selection of private dining rooms, the largest can accommodate up to 90 guests. There is a dress code for this restaurant which is smart casual, which in most parts of Asia means no shorts, slippers or sandals and t-shirts. You don’t have to come here fully suited and booted.
Chef De Cuisine Tse Man
Since April 2017 the culinary team at Restaurant Ya Ge is lead by Chef De Cuisine Tse Man. He is drawing on nearly 50 years of experience working at the award-winning Hong Kong restaurant, Fook Lam Moon, and other highly rated establishments. Chef Tse has a vast knowledge of the authentic styles and flavours of Chinese cuisine and he has committed to the iron principle that only the finest and freshest ingredients bring out the best flavours in food.
A La Carte Menu
With such a famous chef at Ya Ge’s helm, I was keen to try out the A La Carte Menu of Classic Chinese dishes. The first dish I had was the barbecued pork with honey and I liked how this was presented on a small barbecue on my table. It tasted sweet and tender and had a nice layer of fat to bring out the best flavours of the pork.
My next starter was the egg white soup with minced beef and crab meat. Both types of meat gave this soup plenty of flavours, yes this is how I remember traditional Chinese soups.
I really liked how my next dish the crab meat was presented. It was a silver crab that you had to open yourself and there the oven-baked crab meat mixed with onions was presented. The meat was nice and sweat and this way I got to enjoy crab meat without the mess that is normally associated with eating crabs.
The second main course was the garoupa fish which was steamed and sprinkled with spring onions to give it more flavour. The fish melted in my mouth it was that moist.
My third dish is a Chinese classic which can be crispy duck or chicken, in this case it was the crispy chicken.
The mains were accompanied by the Ya Ge signature rice which was a lovely seafood rice mix.
The dessert was a typical Hong Kong classic whereby chef Tse Man showed his roots, with the Ai Wen Mango Pomelo Sago (TWD300, €8.50, £7.50, $10). It was lovely sweet.
Ya Ge at the Mandarin Oriental in Taipei is a beautiful interior designed restaurant with a top chef at its helm and quality traditional Chinese food. You come here for traditional Chinese cuisine without pretentious presentations on your plate. You can be assured you will eat quality produce that is prepared well, a must-do when visiting Taipei.
- Website: www.mandarinoriental.com/taipei/songshan/fine-dining/restaurants/chinese-cuisine/ya-ge
- Address: No. 158, DunHua N Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10548
- Phone: +886 2 2715 6788