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dian shui lou

refined chinese dining with 

Dian Shui Lou is a local restaurant specializing in Jiangsu and Zhejiang cuisines with a few locations in northern Taiwan. The accoladed restaurant has each dish meticulously prepared to a high standard, staying true to the traditional cooking methods of the cuisine, from braising to steaming to stewing. While definitely at a higher price point than most restaurants and eateries in Taipei, Dian Shui Lou offers a quality dining experience that feels special for a reason. Whether it’s the prized soup dumplings or the cold starter dishes or the traditional desserts and pastries, they respect and elevate local ingredients fit for a tableclothed setting.

Each of the locations is thoughtfully designed to create an immersive dining experience that draws from the scenery and architecture traditional of southern China, each with a unique atmosphere that can even make you forget you’re in a department store (and yes, some locations are conveniently situated within department stores).

the details

Addressseveral locations around Taipei, and in Taoyuan
Hoursgenerally 11:00 – 22:00, some locations are closed between lunch and dinner services, others have afternoon tea
Price$$ – $$$, set menus are about $800-1000 NT a person ($25-35), individual dishes range from 100-200NT ($3-6) for small dim sum dishes to 1000-2000NT for mains ($30-60)
Aesthetictraditional Chinese in a luxurious way 

good to know

Go here for: a nice lunch, dinner or even afternoon tea

Order this: soup dumplings, black garlic chicken soup, scallion pancake, mochi stuffed dates

Amount of time to spend: more of a formal meal, so at least an hour

When to come: if you can, at 2:30 for afternoon tea, but great for lunch and dinner too

Getting here: Taipei has locations easy to reach by MRT (ie: SOGO Fuxing, via the Zhongxiao Fuxing station). They list parking options on the website for the various locations for those driving.

Other things to note: 

  • Some of the locations have private rooms for dining with small groups.
  • Reservations are highly recommended, especially on the weekends and for large groups.
  • They offer both curated set menus and a la carte dishes.
  • On weekdays from 2:30-4:30pm, they have AYCE afternoon tea for 500NT (~$16), which features a lot of their dim sum dishes and dumplings. Limited to 50 people per day, so best to call ahead.

Last visited: October 2019

Last updated: November 2020

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