The One is a special place. The kind of place that feels simple yet elegant. Luxurious but in a reserved and modest way that feels like a distinct contrast from the more conspicuously upscale shops along this part of Zhongshan Road. A beautiful composition of humble local ingredients, brought to another level with great respect for the culinary traditions of Taiwan.
The One is more than a restaurant or a shop, it’s a brand built around a lifestyle that invites each guest to get a taste of it. Drawing inspiration from seasonal changes and regional ingredients, each of their tasting menus is developed with respected local artisans served on custom pottery. The food combines French techniques with Taiwanese cuisine and a special focus on soup which stars as a main course. Each course looks modern and tastes nostalgic, a new interpretation on classics paired with Wu Pao Chun bread and local teas, wines and liquors. And when it comes to sweets they span from traditional Chinese sweet soups to beautifully decorated cakes.
In a city filled with trendy spots filled with trend seeking crowds, The One somehow remains a tranquil and timeless escape, for a unique and exquisite dining experience that transports you away from the bustle at street level without going far at all.
Go here for: a lovely lunch, an afternoon tea that doesn’t feel like a scene (bc let’s be real, many other places in Taipei feel like a scene)
Order this: trust the tasting menu; for afternoon tea their selections vary seasonally
Amount of time to spend: a couple hours for a leisurely meal
When to come: during the week is particularly peaceful, be sure to check the menus as they change throughout the day
Getting here: take the red or green line to Zhongshan Station, use exit R7 and walk a block to Zhongshan Rd
Other things to note: They take reservations through their website
Last visited: August 2021
Last updated: December 2021