[Taipei] M Cuisine Review: Italian French Fine Dining from Home

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Taipei: M Cuisine Private Dining by Le Cordon Bleu Chef Mike Li

Don’t confuse M Cuisine with Cuisine M from Xinyi branch of Taipei’s Japanese restaurant Mitsui, for this is not a place where you have to dress up to enjoy a fine dining meal, nor do you have to break a bank to eat quality food. M Cuisine is at a private residence which belongs to a pair of lovebirds – Chef Mike Li and Taiwanese Blogger Ada Li.
Tiffany Yong M Cuisine Home Fine Dining TaipeiI got the opportunity to visit their humble abode when I was in Taiwan, accompanying Jessie Ting for her rhinoplasty surgery. It was a little freezing and when I heard that it was French-Italian fine dining, I was a little worried as I wasn’t prepared to dress for a meal like that. Thank goodness, M Cuisine is a home-based restaurant which aims to allow guests to enjoy exquisite food without the worry of being scrutinised for what you wear or how you behave!
M Cuisine Home Fine Dining Taipei Menu料理是一件很開心,歡樂,幸福的事。 這是生活中的確幸能予內心享受的。我們沒有制式的菜單。只有心與食材之間的溝通。

Cooking is a joyful, cheerful, and blissful thing to do. It’s the simple things in life that brings out enjoyment within. We don’t have a (standard) set menu. just bondage between the ingredient(s) with our heart and soul.

M Cuisine is the Italian-French version of Omakase, which means “I’ll leave it up to you”. When one make an appointment, they can inform the chef of their dietary restrictions, and be surprised by what turns out! So what we had was 7 course meal for 4 pax.

M Cuisine Home Fine Dining Taipei Baby SquidFor starters, Baby Squid with Bamboo, Chayote, Leeks and Paprika was served. It was pretty interesting how the chayote and crispy bamboo compliment the fresh baby squid sprinkled with paprika.
M Cuisine Home Fine Dining Taipei ScallopNext we had Scallop with Baby corn, Fava Beans, English Peas, Coppa and Beurre Blanc. The plump juicy scallop was so sweet that I wished I could have more than one portion. Crunchy sweet corn and fava beans provided a different texture to the bite-size dish.
jessie ting tiffany yong taipei 2016For those who have been following my articles, you guys know that I don’t write a dedicated article for food nowadays. But M Cuisine is one of the rare few where I feel that food was prepared with love, and the chef truly enjoys delighting his guests with his creations. If you think I’m exaggerating, read on!

M Cuisine Home Fine Dining Soup Du JourSoup of the day was served next and can I say this is a dish you can’t forget even a year after tasting it? Soup du jour with Yam, Kielbasa, Fregola, was thick, creamy, very french but with a hint of Chinese style with the yam slice. It is definitely comfort food, something you will want to have on a cold day while cuddling in your bed.

M Cuisine Home Fine Dining risottoRisotto is a dish where I’m usually carefully about. The creamy texture when not cooked properly will make one feel nauseous. Here, we were served Risotto with carnaroli, wild mushrooms, parmesan and Truffle oil. It’s a dish I can easily have on it’s on. The truffle oil makes this amazing sinfully delicious and so decadent and paired with assorted mushrooms (my favourite), the sweet wild fungi simply balanced the dish nicely!
M Cuisine Home Fine Dining daily catchFor daily catch, Red Snapper with Asparagus, baby cabbage, cherry tomato, onion foam was served. Nicely portioned with a thin layer of skin still nicely attached, the fresh low-calorie protein is tender good. I had to say, Chef Mike Li was really smart. with the beautiful assorted vegetables as garnish, I subconsciously nibbled them all as the four of us chatted. enjoying the different textures – crunchy asparagus, mouth-filling baby cabbage and sweet-sour baby tomatoes.
M Cuisine Chef Mike LiA little background information about Chef Mike Li before we go on to the main course selections. Graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland with the Associate of Occupational Studies, the chef is also a food consultant and culinary teacher, for anyone who wish to learn how to prepare exquisite cuisine for their loved one.

This concept was so well-received that they are usually fully booked 1-2 months ahead. So imagine how privileged I felt when Ada actually shifted her appointments to accommodate our arrival!

M Cuisine Home Fine Dining Main CoursesYou can choose from the selection of the 4 different meats: Pork, lamb, chicken or meat. The blogger-side of us naturally went ahead to request for all the 4 meats, just for photo-taking sake!

M Cuisine Home Fine Dining Taipei Pork TenderloinHere’s the close-up for the individual dish. All paired with yellow squash, wild rice, zucchini, onion and demi-glace (rich brown sauce in French cuisine used by itself or as a base for other sauces), they were my favourite part of the main course (vegetable-lover over here). The Pork Tenderloin was tender and lightly seasoned.

M Cuisine Home Fine Dining NY SteakThe New York Steak was something I didn’t try as I don’t take beef, so I had the wild rice as nibbles! From what I heard, the beef was tender and the demi-glace served as a great accompaniment for the meat.

M Cuisine Home dining Mike Li Chicken BreastIf anyone tells you Chicken Breast are dry, Chef Mike Li will prove you wrong. The chicken breast taste almost as tender and juice as chicken thigh, and we wouldn’t have believed that it was chicken breast if not for the fine strands on the meat and the words on the menu.

M Cuisine Home Fine Dining Taipei Lamb DuoThe Lamb Duo was something interesting. Without much gamy flavour, the meat was done just nice. What made this dish different from the rest was the lamb bones. You can either to crunch it up, or just enjoy the meat bits on the savoury bone. Yes, the silver foil makes it easier for us to hold it without dirtying our hands! Thoughtful right?
M Cuisine Private Dining at Home in Taipei Fruit CrepeFruit Crepe is a dish which surprised me the most. I was about to give the dessert a miss (not a fan of whipped cream or fresh cream) when the chef finally walked out from the kitchen and did a little performance with the fruits. All placed in a cocktail shaker, Mike performed magic by putting bubbles into the fresh fruits. Think having grapes, orange and grapefruit in your mouth while you drink a mouthful of coke, that fizzle? yes, that’s how it felt like! The sweet fruits were infused with gas and when placed together with the soft crepe and a bit of fresh whip cream – light and fluffy as foam, the combination ended the whole meal on a perfect note.

M Cuisine Ada Li Mike LiWanted to have a taste of them too? Here’s where you can find the masterminds behind M Cuisine:

Address: Lane 311, Section 2, Heping E Rd, Da’an District
大安區和平東路二段311巷, Taipei, Taiwan
Tel: +886 981 128 913
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MCuisine81

 

M Cuisine Jessie TingBefore I forgot, if you are wondering how much this 7 amazing-course meal cost, it’s NT$2800 (Taiwanese Dollars) per person ≈ SGD$129 ≈ $91 USD.
So if you are thinking of a cozy gathering with friends, enjoying healthy and delicious food without having to dress-up, or if you wish to learn to make any of the above dishes in my article, feel free to contact Chef Mike Li!

Next up: something related to the ladies I’m with!

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7 Responses to [Taipei] M Cuisine Review: Italian French Fine Dining from Home

  1. Elizabeth O. says:

    Only two words as soon as I saw the photos and foods: WOW AND HUNGER!

  2. Khushboo says:

    The scallops are looking delicious. Love the food, its fresh ingredients and the concept of this restaurant 🙂

  3. Fred Hawson says:

    The food presentation is so chic and first class and the food looks really very tasty to eat. Feels like this may be an expensive restaurant for special occasions only.

  4. Ana Rose | Roads and Pages says:

    It is admiring how two people be able to put up a business together. I hope someday my boyfriend and I can do the same thing which is to put up a business that interest us. I can say that cooking has not been my cup of tea. I am jealous that you can cook delicious food. This commercial place is really inviting for those who loves food.

  5. Franc Ramon says:

    It’s quite pricey but I think it’s worth it for a seven course meal. The dishes looks really delicious and excellent for a fine dinner.

  6. Bhushavali says:

    Interesting food!!! I love how its presented! Haven’t tried much of Japanese cuisine, but I’ve read so many times that its one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. I hope they have options in the vegetarian side as well!

  7. Sadhna Shanker says:

    Nive photos and I like the idea of a home based resturant. the food though is a bit alien.

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