Well, folks, the cat’s finally out of the bag and in the wise words of Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changin’. And it looks like we may just have a two-for-two situation on our hands. Or in our bellies, to be exact.
For the last two years, Stefan and Yoshi Stiller of Taian Table Shanghai (yes, that famed Michelin two-starred institution that rocked Shanghai’s F&B scene) have brainstormed with the ultra-talented lineup at LN Garden Hotel to bring you their namesake: Taian Table Guangzhou.
Taian Table Guangzhou
For those not aware of the Taian Table experience, here’s what you need to know: It’s intimate (22 diners only), it’s ambitious (for Guangzhou) and it’s adventurous. To put it simply, you have to be ready to have your mind elevated and utterly blown over a well-crafted, eight-course degustation menu that is studded with sumptuous, luxe ingredients such as caviar, sea urchin, morels, foie gras, truffle, turbot, lobster, burrata and more.
Meet Menu No. 1.
Changed up every eight weeks, core tasting menus reflect the shifting seasons, so you’ll be treated to a different experience that tells a colorful story of flavor combinations and textures.
We open with an amuse-bouche course, followed by a sunken bowl of clam ceviche. Fresh and tangy with a gazpacho-inspired kick, this is quite the precursor to the upcoming Otoro tuna tartar. A creamy, succulent character, this is one we would have loved more of. Plates of quality eel, lobster, foie gras, wagyu beef and more will follow, before you sink your teeth into some of the most luscious dessert bites in this neck of the woods.
Want more? The add-on menu is quite a treat too, with a few must-try signatures like the sea urchin and the seared Hokkaido scallop. Truth be told, if we had to describe every single course, we would end up filling this space, but you’d rather live vicariously through pictures, right?
Otoro Tuna Tartar
Charcoal-grilled Wagyu Beef Tenderloin M6
Seared Foie Gras Rougie
The Place and the Vibe
From the signature arena-like wooden tabletops to the chrome walls and low lights hanging over the chefs as they delicately attend to each plate, every element of the space reflects careful consideration of the vibrant, theatrical show that lies in front of each diner. As you eat, kitchen and attentive wait staff mingle you around to change cutlery, pour their pairings handsomely and casually describe each course with so much detail that you simply have to smile at their unbridled passion for their craft.
Taian Table Staff at Their Craft
Flirting with fusion, finesse and plenty of incredible structure, this is a meal that will remind you of what is possible when everyone operates at the highest level, including your taste buds and wallet.
Do we taste another two Michelin starred-restaurant for Guangzhou? We’ll leave that up to the powers that be to decide. For now, we’re patiently waiting for Menu No. 2…
Who’s Going: Depends. We dare you to get a reservation first
Good for: Knocking the socks off a potential life or business partner, those who love food like they do art, splurging for a special soiree, Instagrammable moments
Price: RMB1,488 + 10% for the signature eight-course menu. RMB825 for fine wine pairing/RMB1,285 for premium wine pairing
Nearest Metro: Not that you would take one there, but just in case, it’s Taojin (Line 5, Exit A). Watch those six-inch heels, ladies
Opening Hours: Dinner only, 5.30pm onwards, last booking 8.30pm. Tuesday to Saturday. By reservation only, on www.gz.taian-table.cn. RMB1,000 deposit upon booking. Customized eight-course vegetarian menu available upon request
See listing for Taian Table.
[Images provided by Taian Table Guangzhou]