Ju-Yuan Japanese Restaurant

No.335, Defang S. Rd., Dali Dist., Taichung City 412, Taiwan

This establishment is a banquet hall, with smaller break out rooms, that can cater to large gatherings. On this occasion, my entourage was quite large. There were two families from grand parents to grand children.

Sculpture at Entrance

A giant Taiwanese wood sculpture greets you at the lobby. To the left is a large open banquet hall with projector and stage. The table settings and décor set the stage for special occasions. To the left and right of this hall are smaller rooms that can cater to various size of groups. The menu is prixe fixe at various levels, depending on your choices. There is also a la carte selections.

We occupied a break out room with a lazy susan, which is the circular table serving tool that brings food to you. As we commence our dining, it was evident that this was going to be another memorable experience if not a very fulfilling one. The food started to arrive. Fried Taro stuffed with Ground Pork and Fried Vegetables, Fried Pomfret, Fried Rice Ball with Ikura, Mackerel on top of Fish Egg, Matsusaka Pork, Salad, Red and Mung Bean Cake, Sea Cucumber stuffed with Shrimp, Shabu Shabu, Special Fried Fish, Steamed Bass, Steamed Jumbo Garlic Shrimp, Stir Fried Vegetables, Watermelon and Taiwanese Grapes, Taiwan Beer, Assorted Sushi Rolls, Black Rice Sushi.

Matsusaka Pork

A stand out was the Matsusaka Pork. This was a paper thin slice of well marbled meat. It was so thin you could see through it. The flavor was delicate and slightly chewy from all that fat but darn good. The Sea Cucumber was a blob of gelatin with hardly any taste, no wonder it was stuffed with shrimp. Although, the sushi rolls were larger than I am accustomed to, it was still flavorful and fresh.

There were several big eaters and kids at this table and we still managed to have leftovers. This spread was no joke. The food kept coming and coming, and just when I thought the end was near, there was more food. This restaurant is a great place for any size of gathering. Take your appetite.

Go to my Flickr channel for a full set of 24 pictures.

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