Dinner at NCIS (德相美式加州壽司), Taipei

So on our first night in Taipei, we’re having dinner at a Northern Californian inspired sushi place. Who would’ve thought?

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Ming was super excited to take us there, and naturally I was super excited to eat there!

It was absolutely buzzing – this was a popular place. They did the place up really well.

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They evened had a baseball game on the TV over the kitchen. I loved it!

The place was one thing, the menu was something else entirely. Welcome to Northen California meets Japan meets Taipei.

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I think the menu was so cool. I mean a sushi lesson on the second page? Cartoon girls with big boobs? I’m not being sarcastic by the way, I actually think it was really cool.

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What I loved even more were some of the names of the sushi…

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They even had a veggie/vegan section with a ‘Steve Jobs’.

So I’ve never had Northen California inspired sushi. I’ve had simple sushi, a few great crazy rolls here and there but nothing super wild. Things were going to get very interesting. I armed myself with sushi’s greatest companion – a hot green tea.

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Dad and Boy had other ideas.

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Mum started it off with this soup. Anti-climax or what? I’m sure it tasted nice Mama, but that’s not what I was waiting for.

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This was my kind of start.

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Sashimi sashimi. So fresh and so good.

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Oh yeahhhhh.

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Ming’s counting her macros which is super popular recently and really good for you. She whipped out her weighing scales like it was nobody’s business.

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I think she is the cutest person in the world.

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I, on the other hand, would pretty much eat with my hands if I could. Especially not cute when you’re dealing with this…

The Audi. Crab mix, tempura shrimp, garlic butter mushrooms. Yes yes yes.

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Next up, the Hummer. Topped with avocado, eel and salmon, rolled with soft shell crab, fried shrimp, tuna, crab mix, romaine, cucumber.

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Both were insanely good. So much going on, but I loved every single ingredient in them.

This was followed up by the insanely cute Rainbow Roll. Salmon, swordfish, tuna and acvocado with cucmber and crab mix. It looked like traffic lights. Really good too, but leave the purple stuff as decor – I still have no idea what it is but I don’t know if you’re actually supposed to eat it, as it didn’t taste that way!

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We then got a Sea Steak – Cowboy Style. It’s seared tuna that “tastes like steak from the sea”, dressed with signature house rich sauce.

I think there are two sizes you can get as Ming says this didn’t look as awesome as last time since we got the smaller one, but I think it was still pretty!

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This was followed by the Squeeze Inn – tuna, yellow tail, salmon, avocado, perilla leaves.

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And to finish it off, say hello to the Taipei Mafia. The members consist of salmon, eel and black caviar on top, with scallop, spicy tuna and cucumber rolled into it.

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Hooray for sushi! Hooray for North California! Hooray for Taipei!

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