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).
|Address||, and in|
|Hours||generally 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)|
|Aesthetic||traditional Chinese in a luxurious way|
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.
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Last visited: October 2019
Last updated: November 2020