Just a week ago, I stepped into the beautiful city of Taiwan and was privileged to stay at The Gaia Hotel. Read my review on the stay here.
The vicinity was so peaceful and we wanted to just relax in this hotel. For dinner, we dropped by Qiyan One Chinese Restaurant, a restaurant that serves Sichuan and Hunan cuisine.
At night, this restaurant turns into a very cozy place. We were seated facing a garden, but they also have seats facing their beautiful library.
For starters, we were recommended a salad that was very unique. Once the Areca Flower Salad with Sesame Sauce (NT$380/ S$17.30) is served, the server will the toss the salad thoroughly and portion it out for you. I’ve never had this before and I liked how there was a crunch in every bite.
I was a huge fan of the Sautéed Green Beans with Minced Pork (NT$360/ S$16.40), like you really really have to order this when you’re here. The green beans and minced pork was so tasty and fragrant. They even had these thick burritos skins for you to wrap the vegetable and pork in. The skin went well with the soft green beans and minced pork.
The next most impressive dish was the Chef Short Rib Specialty (NT$1780/ S$80.90). This huge rib would be served to you table side, which the chef hand wraps every day with straw (dao cao). You could smell the straw and when the server cut it open, steam would rise from the rib. We saw him effortlessly separate the beef from the bone, then chopping it and plating it with a side of the sauce it was marinated it or salt.
I can’t not have desserts at the end of my meal but instead of having the usual cold type of dessert, we chose to have the Deep Fried Handmade Steamed Roll (NT$250/ S$11.40). It is basically a bigger and longer version of mantou. They also sprinkled fragrant shaved peanuts on top, and served it with a side of sweet condensed milk. So comforting!
Looking for another option in the hotel? Check out the Afternoon Tea session I had at Piacere Restaurant, another wonderful place that you can consider dining in.
THE GAIA HOTEL, QiyanOne Chinese Restaurant
No. 1, Qiyan Rd, Beitou District, Taipei City
Lunch 11.30am – 2pm
Dinner 5.30pm – 9pm
Reservation Hotline: (02) 5551-8888