Sasa Sushi Japanese Restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan

by Victoria on May 26, 2013

Sasa Sushi Japanese Restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan

At the end of February this year, I made a trip to Taipei, Taiwan to meet up with friends from Vancouver to attend a traditional Taiwanese wedding. During my week there, I was thoroughly spoiled and ate at several amazing restaurants and night markets. One of my absolute favourites was Sasa Sushi (meaning fine-dining restaurant with rustling bamboo leaves), a Japanese establishment headed up by Master Sushi Chef Yang Yong Long.

We decided on going with a large tasting menu, which turned into a definite feast, consisting of over 27 courses when I counted all of my pictures afterward. Here is a quick rundown, with details where I can remember them. I asked a lot of questions, and the staff were kind enough to bring over books with pictures of some of the fish that we were eating, but some items may have been lost in translation or my memory and notes along the way. Regardless, I thought it would be a shame to not post as much as I could.

The whole sitting took almost 3 hours, but in order to keep our palette fresh we drank only Japanese tea throughout (although they have an extensive collection of sake available) and ate the selection of Japanese pickles that were always refreshed on our plates.

Sasa Sushi Table Setting

I knew that this would be an amazing experience, once I saw the Master Sushi Chef at work. It was a real performance, and it was very interesting to watch everyone’s dedication to detail while crafting their art. If a couple grains of rice were slightly off (which only happened once), they would recreate the dish from scratch and not let us anywhere near the piece of sushi.

Master Sushi Cehf

Mushroom Soup Starter Rating: 3Rating: 3Rating: 3Rating: 3Rating: 3

Mushroom Soup

Crab Salad with Roe Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Crab Salad

Sole Sashimi Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4

Sole Sashimi

Snapper Sashimi Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Snapper Sashimi

Hachi Sashimi Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4

Hachi Sashimi

Tako (Octopus) Sashimi Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Octopus (Tako) Sashimi

Horigai (Trumpet Shell Conch) Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Hachi with Ginger

Yes, I tried cod sperm. My friend wouldn’t tell me what this was exactly before I ate it (but he doesn’t realize that I would’ve tried it anyways), and I wasn’t grossed out once I did have it. I do have to say that it was absolutely delicious, rich and creamy, and I would eat it again. I would even go so far to say that it was one of my favourites during the evening!

Cod Sperm Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5

Cod Sperm

Steamed Egg with Prawns and Row Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Steamed Egg with Prawns and Roe

Ika (Squid) Sashimi Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Squid Sashimi

Hamachi and Ginger Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5

Hamachi and Ginger

Raw Oyster Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4

Oyster

Adding flying fish roe, with precision…

Sushi Chefs at Work

Bota (Sweet Prawn) from Hokkaido Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5

Spotted Prawn from Hokkaido

I’d have to say that I usually affiliate eating uni, or sea urchin, with eating batteries, but then again, that’s when I haven’t eaten the good stuff (and I will never not eat the good stuff again). This uni nigiri from Hokkaido was amazing!

Uni Nigiri from Hokkaido Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5

Uni from Hokkaido

Deep-fried Abasaki from Hokkaido Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Abasaki from Hokkaido

Aka Uni (Sea Urchin), which tastes more like the ocean Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Aka Uni Takes more like the Ocean

Tamago (Egg) Sushi Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4

Tamago (Egg)

Sunami (Belt) Fish Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Sunami Belt Fish

Toro (Tuna Belly) Nigiri Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5

Toro Nigiri

Shimachi Nigiri Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Shimachi Nigiri

Belt Fish Nigiri Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4

Belt Fish Nigiri

Master Chef's at Work

Engawa (the meat of the edge of the fin of Sole) Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Hamachi (Japanese Amberjack) Sushi

Kawahagi (leather jacket fish with it’s liver sauce) Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Unknown Nigiri Sushi

Grilled Sea Bass Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Sea Bass with Fruit

Miso Soup Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Miso Soup

Green Tea Chocolate Mousse and Fruit Dessert Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

Chocolate Green Tea Mousse with Fruit

Master Chef's Knives

Needless to say, after having this massive meal I was incredibly full, but also incredibly satisfied. Reservations are required for this small 20+ seat restaurant (unfortunately I can’t find a phone number to list), which consists of one private booth area and a sushi bar. I would definitely recommend going with the tasting menu (but you can choose a smaller option if you can’t stomach that much food all at once, like most sane people), and sitting at the bar to watch the sushi chefs at work!

Sasa Sushi Japanese Restaurant
No.5, Ln. 42, Sec. 2, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist.
Taipei, Taiwan
Tel: 02-2561-1246
Mobile: 0916-303-271

Overall: Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5
Food: Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5
Service: Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5Rating: 5
Atmosphere: Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5
Price: $$$

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

BV COOP October 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

Sasa does sound like a place that I will definitely need to try next time. Do you know how much it was in Taiwan dollar for the all-you-can-eat?

Thanks,

BV

Victoria October 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hi BV, I believe it was around $120-130 Canadian dollars at the time, so when I look that up, perhaps it’s around 3500 TWD per person?

Guillaume November 12, 2014 at 5:41 am

Thank you for your article
It looks good
Would you mind it share what I should expect in term of price in usd?
Thank you

Victoria February 12, 2015 at 12:42 am

Guillaume, it would likely be around $120 USD per person.

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