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The Cantonese eatery Le Palais is the city’s first (and currently only) three-star restaurant.

Mike Pomranz
March 14, 2018

Stop scouring the web in advance of your planned vacation to Taipei: Michelin’s got you covered. The coveted (and sometimes controversial) dining guide announced today that the Taiwan capital has just received its first-ever Michelin treatment and, good news, the city already has a three-star restaurant for you to struggle to get a seat at!

The new guide features 110 establishments in all, covering a wide range of 33 different types of cuisine. The crown jewel of that group would be Le Palais, a Cantonese restaurant that earned the city’s first and currently only three-star rating. Michelin also awarded two stars to two restaurants, doled out a single star to 17 eateries, and gave 36 restaurants the Bib Gourmand treatment. Michelin specifically noted that ten of those Bib Gourmand establishments were street food from night markets, which the brand described as “integral to the daily livelihoods of Taiwanese people who do not see the place merely as a sightseeing spot, but rather, one with lots of stalls with good snacks and filling meals.”

“Taipei is a city that has incredibly rich gastronomic history and the variety of cuisines available is amazing,” said Michael Ellis, International Director of the Michelin guides. “Taipei has also given birth to a truly dynamic and innovative dining scene - much to the delight of a local clientele that is ever more curious to discover new flavors and different experiences.”

Meanwhile, Ellis reserved special praise for Le Palais, which is helmed by Chef Ken Chan who moved from Macau to Taiwan nearly 20 years ago.  “Chef Chan and his team have mastered the art of cooking a variety of Chinese cuisine types, and the dining experience here [is] truly outstanding; worth a special journey!” said Ellis. “The Cantonese-style crispy roast duck, lobster, tofu and other dishes are remarkable, and baked egg custard tarts are sublime. All of the chef’s creations have won inspectors over.”

Beyond its three stars, it’s also worth noting that Le Palais got another interesting rating: two dollar signs, meaning prices range from only about $17 to $50. Now that sounds like a winning combination.