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Taipei is a great place to eat, and Taiwan has a deeply-engrained food culture with open-air markets and informal street food. Night markets are a great place to have an affordable tasting menu of an assortment of dishes.

For a more comfortable setting, there are local fast food-style chains such as this one that serves delicious beef / ribs rice or noodles.

Fatty pork on rice is also a local specialty, and the more dingy and old the establishment looks, the better it seems to be, having survived the test of time and competition from prettier, better air-conditioned restaurants.

Moving up the value chain, Smith & Wollensky's restaurant in Nanshan Plaza has great views of the city and is famous for steaks. However, I went for a more lighter fish option.

One floor below, Saffron 46 serves Indian cuisine in a modern setting. Tables by the window have a minimum charge, and prices here are quite reasonable for the quality.

The Okura Hotel's Yamazato restaurant offers a variety of Japanese food ranging from from tempura, sushi bar, teppanyaki, to washoku.

Taipei has a great assortment of Japanese cuisine for all price ranges. Decent quality comes cheap and well below international prices. This eel rice could be eaten in 4 ways - regular, with seaweed, with egg, and in soup.

Da Wan offers a bar-style setting with staff barbecuing premium beef in front of patrons.

After a satisfying meal, try a jelly dessert and pick your toppings to go with it. Traditional choices include lemon, red bean, and an assortment of chewy balls/bubbles.

Remember to bring some of Taiwan's great food home. Pineapple cakes are a popular souvenir item. Booming during the Japanese colonial period, the pineapple industry collapsed during World War II. Recovery was short-lived as the economy industrialized and cheaper locations were sought to grow pineapples.

Oolong tea is also a famous export. There is no shortage of bubble tea shops around the city but getting the raw material is slightly more difficult.

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