態芮 Taïrroir – Michelin One Star Taipei

So I was able to go back and book something here… yay. The decor is nice. It’s more simple than RAW Taipei – Michelin One Star Restaurant for the decoration. Food was however different. Both had Taiwan fusion done right but Taïrroir had more of a French imfluence in terms of plating, size of the bite, and Chef’s style. RAW focused on the whole story of the Chef and how his wife likes this and that and how each dish was inspired from a trip they took together or whatever.

Skipping the story and who’s and why’s… both had great dishes and tastes are all very complex. Who did I like better? I think I liked RAW just a tad better for it’s options on drinks. They had many options of drinks during the meal for their clients (such as pots of teas, juices, etc.) while Taïrroir was very adamant about their food tasting JUST THE WAY IT IS. You either drank cold water, bubble water, or their wine pairing. If you wanted a tea, they would say it’ll be the tea that was originally from your after dessert pairing or whatever. I didn’t love that I didn’t have more options as I really really love having just a nice hot pot of something during my meal even if I were to have alcohol…

I’d say RAW is more relaxed and fun and Taïrroir was more serious. Even the tables and decoration was just more serious, white, and simple while RAW had hidden drawers, no dress code, etc. Taïrroir called TWICE about their dress code on how women’s shoes needs to be wrapped in the back, etc. I find that a tad annoying but oh well.

Food flavor was great. Each bite had a punch. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Taiwan!

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