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“Best xiao long bao in town”

Dian Shui Lou - Huaining
Ranked #103 of 13,362 Restaurants in Taipei
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Thin, crispy skin bao that flows out hot meat juices. From the display, u can also try sweet yam and bamboo shoots. After a filling meal, u can take a stroll in SOGO departmental stores. Located at Zhongxiao Fuxing mrt, look for the 11 storey green glass building.

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

The Sogo Branch of Dian Shui Lou is furnished with nice traditional Chinese furniture fit for aristocrats with food prices fit for aristocrats. A high pressure salesperson masquerading as a middle-aged head waitress kept on pestering us to order their pricey drinks and/or Chinese tea at TWD30 per person. She repeatedly recommended the most expensive signature dishes on the menu! When we refused to succumb to her relentless pressure, she seemed dismayed and left us to be served by the lower-ranking waitresses under her command. We were at Dian Shui Lou for only one reason -- to try their Xiao Long Bao. We were not there to try their expensive stuff. We believe that making expensive stuff tasty with exotic ingredients is easy; but the real challenge for a good chef is to prepare tasty food with simple ingredients. This is exactly what Xiao Long Bao is. We wanted to validate the claim of many food critics that Dian Shui Lou was better than Ding Tai Fung. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. The overall dining experience at Dian Shui Lou was rather disappointing primarily because the waitresses seemed to cater better services to patrons ordering the expensive dishes they recommended and seemed to have rather discourteous attitude to diners preferring their less expensive fare.

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Thank Alex S
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Last time we were in Taipei we did not mange to eat in this restaurant that received a lot of good review. Three years later it has developed into chain restaurants. We went to the one in Sogo and had no difficulty to get a table before 7 pm. Half of the customers were tourists. Service and food were good but not excellent. The dumplings were not as good as Din Tai Fung. The chicken dish was good but the tofu was the Japnese tofu. When we left there was a queue. I will come again to try other dishes. In Taipei standard, this is a pricy restaurant.

Thank Wun Tong L
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

My favorite dish of the evening was the sauteed minced shrimp in a lettuce wrap.
A close second was the Beggar's chicken. They let me do the honors of hammering it open.
We also tried braise tofu with seafood and pork, tea smoked cod fish with wasabi mayonnaise, more steamed dumplings (pork, truffle and basil), pan fried wild vegetable pancake, and fresh and salty pork with bean curd and bamboo shoots.
For the dessert, the steamed mashed taro paste with ginko nuts and vanilla ice cream had a really unique flavor. I like the combination of hot and cold. We also tasted a rich baked egg tart with kumquat paste. It was a little too rich for me after eating all day. They also brought out a platter of fresh fruit. Overall, it was great! http://capitalcookingshow.blogspot.com/2012/07/taiwan-dian-shui-lou-restaurant.html

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Thank capitalcookingshow
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We were looking for Din Tai Fung which seemed overrun by locals and once again the TA map seemed less than accurate. We spotted this nicely furnished, calm restaurant just around the corner. Great service, great ambience. We tried their 'pork dumplings' (with the soup inside) and they were excellent. Others in our group had the vegetable dumplings and they loved them also! Nice change of pace from the rat race of Din Tai Fung.

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