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It feels somewhat surreal in a bustling market to suddenly find yourself in a baroque-style palatial dining room, dotted by European tableware. However...
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Reviewed 11 May 2019

We visited the place after learning of its michelin star and were thoroughly impressed. The restaurant was located in an unassuming spot along the huaxi street (night market street). The interior was clean, comfortable and elegant. We were there at around 2PM and were greeted...by the owner who was extremely friendly and accommodating. The service was attentive and cordial, like most Taipei restaurants. The quality of the food was fantastic. We tried about 6 different dishes from their clams to glutinous rice stuff with various seafood, to fish and soup. All were fantastically tasty. Being a seafood restaurant, they spared no expense with their ingredient to make their food rich in texture and flavor. All were cooked to perfect to make the meal feel balanced. Definitely one of the better meals I had in Taipei. The price is on the expensive side - especially considering you can have extremely cheap food steps away at the night market. But their ingredients and quality justify it. it's not your every day/every weekend restaurant but certainly worth the price for special occasions. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

The place is a bit overly decorated in European style inside which contrasts with the Snake Alley neighborhood. However, all the live seafood dishes we ordered were closed to excellent. Shrimps simply steamed or deep fried rolls were very tasty. Same applied to squids and...fish. The only comment which we could make was that the vegetable was a little over cooked. All in all, it’s the seafood place which you should visit in the Alley.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Situated in the center of the Hua Xi Street, used to be known as the snake alley, Tainan Tan-Tsu-Mien offers fresh seafood and some of the most authentic Taiwanese seafood dishes. Not only is the food great, the fancy western style decoration was surprisingly pleasant,...and the most amazing part is its services! The staffs are all very well trained, attentive, servicing customers systematically that I could feel the entire restaurant has been consulted by professionals to ensure it's smooth operational, high quality food offering and satisfactory customer experiences will be kept consistently. Highly recommend the restaurant for a visit in Taipei.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

Steven at the Beer Bar commended this place if we were hungry, which we were. He set us up with the name of this place and the address that we could show the cab driver since we barely speak Mandarin much less read or write...it. The cab dropped us off at a night market where there were a lot of eating places mostly little stools around metal tables. We showed a man the same card we had shown the cabbie and were directed to a place that looked like all th eothers. As we entered, we were shocked and nearly blinded by the dazzling crystal lights, inlaid wood cabinets, and very fancy chinaware. We decided to take a chance and it was worth it. We spent more than we usually would at a place that far above the clothes we were wearing. They indulged us and we had one of the best meals we have ever had.More

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

Came 2 months ago for the first time and was blown away by the quality and freshness of the seafood. What also pleasantly surprised us were the opulent decor and the use of high quality crockery and cutlery - Wedgewood and Christofle no less! So...this time I brought my family who are picky eaters, especially my son who is very hard to please and often disagrees with my opinion as to what tastes good. We ordered crispy sea prawns with a mustard dip which was delicious. The chargrilled sea bass fillet was tender and very fresh but the double shelled crab in a egg, onion and wine sauce was simply divine and my son agreed by demolishing half the plate in no time! The flavours were delicate which allowed the freshness of the ingredients to come through. The vegetable dish and the signature Tan zhi mein did not disappoint. The waitress who waited on us was really attentive and polite which made the whole experience all the more memorable. We will be backMore

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed 8 January 2015

Excellent meal that was attentively served! Everything from the lobster to the ginger served with the sashimi was high quality and extremely delicious. The staff did an excellent job of serving the dishes timely and hot. The entire evening was an fabulous dining experience and...I would recommend to anyone wanting to enjoy some of the best seafood around town.More

Date of visit: October 2014
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

This place in Snake Alley used to be my go-to restaurant for the best seafood in Taipei! We went on a Sunday night so expect a slower night but there was 3 tables there...it used to be you could not get in! The place still...looks the same with the Christofle silver, Wedgewood China and what might be Waterford crystal (they went under a few years back)...and the nice flowers but no more baby pink roses. The first dish the roasted clams remain a remarkable dish for its simplicity and execution. This is the only dish that needs no seasoning and cooked on coals to the point of opening but not quite...which is a feat in that the juice is left inside as you gently pry it open to enjoy the morsel and its natural juice. This is reason enough to come here and next time...I'm ordering 6 orders and be done. The rest of the dishes paled compared to the past...sashimi not a bright and tight...shrimp custard just flat and leaves to small to hold them...the sweet little steamed shrimp was as sweet as anything tasted of shrimp lately but the whole meal was devoid of any seasoning....I understand this institution is meticulous in their purchase of the best seafood...but when it is off...you really taste nothing in most of the dishes. All good but not great anymore. At these prices it has to be pristine...otherwise too many options out there!More

Date of visit: March 2014
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

We just happened on Tainan Tan Tsu Mien during a midday walk in Snake Alley, or Hua Xi Lu. We were attracted by the large fish tanks at the entrance and we were immediately welcomed by the owner. We had a very delicious seafood lunch,...a whole steamed fish, large prawns and all sort of yummy veggies, plus very good noodles. The restaurant is spotless and the decor is quite elegant, the staff was very helpful and they decorated the table with flags from our countries, USA, Italy and Hong Kong!More

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Reviewed 13 November 2012

We were searching for a seafood lunch before visiting Longshan Temple and tried the Triposo Taiwan Guide Ap which pointed us to this place. It was hard to find in amongst the market streets and when we came up through an arcade of sorts, we...didn't have much hope there would be any sort of restaurant here other than a food stall, but then it just appeared out of nowhere! Walk in to a room full of tanks with a huge variety of fresh seafood; you pick what you want and they prepare it for you along with whatever side dishes they are serving that day - no menu, no price list but definitely fresh. Then you walk through a second door into 17th century France - antique furnishings and tableware, like something at Versailles! We had clams, some large shrimp, and crab which came with a fantastic noodle dish, soup, some greens - we were in heaven. Excellent service in the crowded somewhat smallish rooms - all made us fearful of the bill, but it was about $25US each for what turned out to be a very high end joint. Don't miss it if you're at the Longshan Temple - either for lunch or dinner - just excellent!More

Date of visit: November 2012
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

Everything was so fresh and delicious. Nothing was over powering, all subtly seasoned so that the freshness integrity just comes through. I'd definitely go back when we are in town.

Date of visit: July 2012
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

it's an old but high end sea food restaurant, Tan-tsu-mien is sort of noodles, but they have more sea food instead.

Date of visit: October 2011
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Reviewed 23 December 2008

Expensive "plates"

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