Feng Sheng Restaurant is a family-style traditional Taiwanese restaurant. 食堂 perhaps translates better to canteen than it does restaurant. A little more casual than a sit down restaurant. But a little more cool than a true family-style joint. Feng Sheng lives up to its name, rich and abundant, the best of the precious island’s ingredients shining in homey Taiwanese culinary tradition.
In a neighborhood filled with popular hot spots, there’s something to be said about the old school restaurants that have become mainstays over generations, places for gathering again and again. It feels warm and welcoming, with the classic nostalgic old time aesthetic that Taiwanese people love. The food is fresh, reliably good quality without over seasoning. They have all the classics familiar to a Taiwanese table from fish to soups to the particularly homey preserved radish omelette. The rice is doused in savory pork fat (if you ask). Portions are small, for American standards, pretty average for Taiwanese standards. Big enough to go around, small enough for you to order a variety of plates to fill the table. It tastes like grandma’s cooking, except you can pick all your favorites on demand. It’s a safe choice and a solid place to load up on all the classics without having to do the dishes.
Go here for: classic Taiwanese fare in a casual setting
Order this: sesame oil pork, stir fried water lotus greens, braised pork, preserved radish omelette
Amount of time to spend: service is fast enough for a quick 30 minute meal, but could easily be longer as well
When to come: lunch time tends to be less busy than dinner
Getting here: take the red or orange line to Dong Men station, use exits 4 or 5 and take Lishui St down past Jinshan Rd and it will be on the corner
Other things to note: You order up at the counter and most of the dishes are written in Chinese only – printed on blocks or scribbled on a blackboard, but they have some pictures and the day’s available ingredients laid out on display.
Last visited: September 2021
Last updated: October 2021