博多天麩羅 山海 - Yamami

Article Date: 08-11-2016

Address - 110台北市信義區忠孝東路五段8號B2樓.  B2樓No. 8, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110.

Opening hours - Monday 11AM–8:45PM, Tuesday 11AM–8:45PM, Wednesday, 11AM–8:45PM, Thursday 11AM–8:45PM, Friday 11AM–9:15PM, Saturday 11AM–9:15PM, Sunday 11AM–8:45PM

Price - 280NT UP

Lately the Mrs has been wanting to eat Tempura a lot.  At first I didn't know why as it's clearly just a load of random food threw in the frier like a Scottish chippy but because it's 'Japanese' and not our northern brothers chucking Mars Bars, pizzas and other various junk food down the frier its deemed decent.  

It didn't help that the first Tempura place she took me too was horrid.  I didn't like it, she didn't like but for some reason it was popular, which made me assume they just paid to be on the TV and fool the local populace the same way a lot of restaurants do. It's like a minefield here when your looking for some scran because some places on the TV actually are the tits but some clearly are failing and think AHA!  Let's just pay the TV and bloggers to come along and write, "we are superb and our food is amazing!" And BOOOOOOM we are full, people see we are full, assume we are great and hurrah we have business.  

Anyway to cut a long story short I thought that's what Tempura was all about - just frying a load of seafood like a Scottish Mars Bar. That was until the Mrs banged on about Tempura so much my head was totally battered and I then decided to cave in and give it another try.  It's a little odd mind to throw everything in the frier and I stand by my word that this Tempura stuff would make you a millionare in Scotland.

So she suggested to go to this one, which I didn't know was called Yamami in English until I looked it up to write this.  That is childishly amusing.  

Alas this one was very good, and redeemed Tempura and what I think about it.  It is priced reasonably too for Japanese food.  God knows why have something in Taiwan, say its Japanese and the price rockets! Odd.

For anyone who is vaguely interested in my ramblings at this point.  I had the chicken Tempura with rice at the bottom and everything piled on top of it.  Fried veggies, fried eggs, fried chicken, fried everything and it was bloody delicious.  I wonder if this would be any good for a hangover, loads of fried grub normally is. 

The Mrs had some seafood, mine was more than hers which was odd.  She informed me when you order chicken in Japan it somehow costs more than seafood.  Not sure if that's entirely true but I have never been and she has so i'll just have to take her word for it.  I'm sure if you point out chickens are pretty cheap in Taiwan they might claim its authentically Japanese. 

The Mrs said her seafood tempura was great too, we both left happy and will be going back to this place again thats for sure. Oddly I always thought Tempura was seafood only.  You live and learn I guess.

The free tea you get there is pretty spot on as well.  Good job all round basically.

If your around City Hall and have a medium budget check it out, its worth it.