This blog post is all about one of my favourite restaurants in Taiwan, Longhorn 96 Steakhouse Restaurant. I love a good steak just as much as anyone else. One of my favourite things to eat regularly is a really good rib eye. I love the taste of the juicy fat and for me it’s one of the tastiest cuts of beef.
One of our good friends in Edinburgh has been raving about a steakhouse in East Kilbride that sells at 32-ounce steak. This is pretty big but for a few months my parents have been talking about a steakhouse in the north of Taiwan that sells a 96-ounce steak. This is huge! For any weight fanatics out there 96-ounces works out at 2.5kg.
On our last full day in Taiwan my family and I visited the graveyard of my grandfather (my dad’s father) on the north side of Yangmingshan Mountain. We had an interesting drive to the graveyard as Taipei itself had nice weather but the top of Yangmingshan, which measures over 1000 metres high, was covered in thick fog.
We also saw a procession of Ferrari’s driving past us on the mountain. I know nothing about Ferrari’s, apart from they look good in red and they’re expensive, but Chris said he saw quite a few F355’s, a 458 Italia, a few 480 Modena’s and one of the new California’s. Nice!
After visiting the graveyard we went straight to Longhorn Steakhouse. Longhorn Steakhouse was started by an American who married a Taiwanese lady. The couple have since divorced and he has now started a new restaurant but Longhorn Steakhouse remains. The steakhouse itself doesn’t look exciting. We sat on park benches that were covered with giant umbrellas. Not the prettiest but who cares when the food is really good.
Longhorn 96’s website can be found here: http://www.longhorn96.com/. The website can be viewed in both Chinese and English and make sure you check the bottom of the menu, it’s quite funny.
Note: Make sure you click on each photo for a much larger version.
We ordered drinks and several plates of chips with chili bean and cheese dips. We also ordered a cesar salad but the pièce de résistance was the steak. Longhorn Steakhouse does serve a 96 ounce steak but although Chris said he could have eaten it (he didn’t eat much for a few days as he had heatstroke) I won’t allow him to eat a steak that size as quite frankly a 2.5kg can kill people.
We ordered our steak medium-rare (it came more on the rare side) and it was really good. In hindsight we probably should have had it in medium but it was really tasty and was sold at a really excellent price. The 48 ounce steak if I remember correctly was £25 while the 96 ounce steak was about £40-45. Not bad at all! As a reference 16 ounce steak in the UK can cost £15-25 depending on where you go but it’s no better quality.
Ximending for young people is one of the coolest parts of Taipei. It is one of the many local districts within Taipei but has a number of fashionable shops but also lots of restaurants.
There’s a whole array of restaurants in Ximending but one restaurant which we didn’t know existed when Chris and I visited Taipei together for the first time is called Modern Toilet. Modern Toilet has a unique gimmick in that the whole restaurant is style liked a toilet. You sit on a toilet when you eat your food, you eat out of plastic toilets and you also drink out of plastic tubes that are shaped like the tubes men pee into in hospital.
They serve all kinds of food from curries to seafood hotpots and all kinds of other dishes in between. I’ve included pictures of the menu below for you to have a look through. They also do desserts that look like, as Chris calls it “swirly dog poops” lol.
Modern Toilet is fairly difficult to find. We tried following google maps which wasn’t a great help and we had to ask local shop keepers where to go. Once we arrived at Modern Toilet I had a seafood hotpot and Chris had a curry. Chris’s curry was so so, not very tasty and it wasn’t spicy at all but my hotpot was ok. Some of the fish was quite tasty but certainly this restaurant is all about the gimmick and not the food.
I’ll definitely give this restaurant 5 out of 5 for style, it’s hilarious and the staff were attentive and the food was served really quickly (as is normal in Taipei). They also sell a number of items like plastic toilets and they gave us the drink pots to bring home free of charge.