MinYuan Japanese restaurant is hidden apart in a quiet road very close to Taiwan Boulevard and WenXin Road, and also to Top City Department Store.
MinYuan is a little restaurant in a detached house, surrounded by a tiny and well maintained Japanese garden . Two sisters have been running the restaurant from 1981, helped by expert chefs and ladies – differently from many Taiwanese restaurants, staff turnover is almost none here.
The restaurant is spotless and it is the most similar to a real Japanese experience you can find among Taichung restaurants. My wife says that MinYuan is really Japanese, many Japanese restaurants in Taiwan are actually more “Taiwanese-japanese”.
You will find all the most typical Japanese fare, such as sashimi, sushi and tempura. Of course, also, MinYuan serves real wasabi (taste the difference!).
So we like MinYuan for the authentic and balanced Japanese Kaiseki cuisine. And also for the freshness of ingredients – such as sashimi – offered at a convenient price.
Absolutely exceptional value for money are the 200 and 300 NTD set menus. These set menus are only offered for lunch on weekdays.
During the weekend the available set menus range from 580 to 1000 NTD and more (also depending on the season).
Be aware that if you order extra sashimi or such, the bill will obviously increase, sometimes quite a lot.
MinYuan ladies don’t speak English, Japanese would be more useful with them – the menu anyway is also in English. I never met a foreigner at the MinYuan, the customers are mostly locals …. couples, families, business men for lunch, together with the occasional Japanese.
MinYuan is in WenZhong Rd., a crossroad of WenXin Rd., just in front of an elementary school. The most convenient bus stops are Taichung City Hall (市政府) in Taiwan Boulevard and WenXin-Sichuan Intersection (文心四川路口) in WenXin Road.
Easy parking is still normally available along the quiet road but it is not free (you will find a parking ticket on the wind-shield, that has to be paid at convenience stores). MinYuan also offer their own convenient (wide and not packed) private parking just 200 meters from the restaurant (see map). That parking is not manned, in order to exit, you will have to ask for the token at the restaurant.