Saturday, 22 July 2017

Kanpai Yakiniku. Founding Shop. Taipei 乾杯本店.台北

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We visited Kanpai Yakiniku in Taipei and had a really great time. The beef and pork are top notch, service is excellent, the decor is cosy and the crowd here is infectiously happy. It feels really good here - full of positive vibes. I wanna be back 😄

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I like the atmosphere here. The space is a little tight and for the most part rather dim except for spotlights over the smokeless BBQ stoves.

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Customers can choose to sit at the bar overlooking the open kitchen and watch the frenetic action. I would try the bar seats next time.

This is Kanpai Yakiniku's first shop opened in 1999 when the founders were still in university. The founders got together to open a place where they and customers can enjoy themselves and meet people. Kanpai Yakiniku now has several branches in Taiwan and China with posh, contemporary decor. A branch in London is in the pipeline.

I am glad that we came to the rather humble founding shop as I think it still has the original spirit that inspired the founders to open Kanpai Yakiniku. Kanpai Yakiniku's three principles >

👉 It's great to be alive 活著真好
👉 It's great to be with friends 有彼此真好
👉 Fate works in mysterious ways 緣份真奇妙

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Managed to catch a snap with one of the busy chefs.

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We had an Australian Wagyu Beef Combo.

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Iberico de Bellota pork. (Acorn fatten free range pigs from Spain - widely acknowledged as among the best pork in the world.)

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Beef tongues, the top seller at Kanpai Yakiniku.

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The staff helps out with the BBQ cooking, so we don't have to worry about burning our premium beef or pork while we are busy enjoying our friends' company 😄

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I loved everything I tasted here. My favourite is the Australian wagyu - it was so tender, juicy, sweet and beefy. I also like the Iberico de Bellota pork - who wouldn't love these olives on four legs right... ? The beef tongues were also nice - it's slight chewiness added variety to the soft tender textures of the other beef and pork cuts.

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The smokeless BBQ stove doesn't leave BBQ smells on our clothes and hair 👍

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I suggest eating your meat with a bowl of Kanpai's boiled white rice. The locally grown 越光米 grains have a tender nutty texture and mild sweetness that complements the flavours of the pork and beef perfectly.

There are miso and lime dipping sauces but I didn't use them as I like to taste my beef and pork neat. 

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There are plenty of beers, stout, and of course, sake for merry making 😄 They have zesty signature non alcoholic drinks as well..... .

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I like the staff's eye catching Formula 1 style coat 😄

Don't come to Kanpai Yakiniku and expect to have a quiet romantic dinner. No. This is a noisy, even rowdy place full of cheerful banter, laughter, a lot of movement and people having fun. The sound happy people make was so loud, I didn't notice the background music 😂

But, wait - you may not be able to kiss your partner in a romantic restaurant but here in Kanpai Yakiniku, couples are encouraged, even bribed to kiss publicly 💋💋💋

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Couples who kissed at least 10 seconds and have their picture taken are awarded a plate of beef.

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During the hour we were at Kanpai, at least 3 couples took up the challenge and won 👏👏👏 Taiwanese people love life 😄 At this rate, I can imagine they give out a lot of plates of beef every night 😄😄😄

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👉 Next time I am in Taipei and want to eat yakiniku, I will be happy to come back to Kanpai - they have premium beef and pork, the casual no frills decor feels very welcoming which I like, the service staff are cheerful, and everyone around are enjoying themselves, infecting all with happiness and positive energy. It's a crazy little joint - a super fun place to eat and have a good time! 

Kan Pai! Cheers! 🍻🍺🍹🍸🍷

Disclosure: My thanks to China Productively Center for this opportunity.

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Restaurant nameKanpai Yakiniku (Founding Shop) 乾杯本店
Address17, Lane 236, Section 1, Dūnhuà South Rd, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 臺灣臺北市大安區敦化南路一段236巷17號 (Nearest MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing / slightly further alternative Zhongxiao Dunhua)
GPS25°02'26.1"N 121°32'49.6"E | 25.040577, 121.547112
Tel(+886) 2-8773-1150
Hours: 5:00pm to 11:00pm

Non Halal

Date visited: 21 July 2017

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