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Hizen Ya

#144 of 11,454 Restaurants in Taipei
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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No.13-2 Alley 121, Section 1, Zhongshan North Road | Zhongshan Dist, Taipei, Taiwan
Name/address in local language
+886 2 2561 7859
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
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17:30 - 22:00
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Showing 32: English reviews
Taipei, Taiwan
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This restaurant owned and run by Japanese We love Eel and visiting this restaurant nearly every month for more than 30 years, it was started as a very small space across the street, this is not a deluxe or high class restaurant - no frills ! Be aware that It is a place to enjoy excellent Eel, basically eat and... More 

Thank Ukulele-sam1951
Singapore, Singapore
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184 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Famous for eel bento though all the dishes are good. Its crowded, you'll likely need to queue and share a table. Definitely worth the effort.

Thank DrStoat
New York, NY
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Went for lunch. Tourist trap with NYC prices. Still, great bowl of eel over rice, excellent braised fish chin. Under-cooked eel innards skewers. They don't skimp on portions though. Crowded little place. Prepare to share tables. Arrive early or wait on line and prepare to have the food you want be sold out.

Thank inchpebble
Level Contributor
42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This Unagi (Japanese grilled eel) restaurant had been in my pocket list for a decade, end up, we visited it in Oct 2014 firstly. At that time, there was a long queue since 6pm, so we waited for awhile. When that's our turn, large Unaju (鰻重,Japanese grilled eel rice set) were sold out, hence we could only have small Unaju... More 

Thank PeonyJade
Union City, California
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170 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is always packed and a long waiting line. Unexpectedly, not a long line when we came (a long line again after we got in). We ordered the famous eel rice with fried kettle fish, fried shrimp (tempura one is far better) and omelet. Somehow, the quality of eel is not that good as before. The bone did not... More 

Thank David H
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

the only good thing is that it's cheap for an unagi dish and you get quite a big piece of eel for the price, but it's not of high quality. the way the eel is grilled is also not very good. the restaurant cramped.

Thank Janegira J
Singapore, Singapore
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2016

The Unagi Don here is a MUST HAVE dish when you visit. Grilled to the right texture and with a pretty generous portion of Unagi and rice, this. Other popular dishes include the yasai Itame, grilled squid, saba. Do go earlier during the opening hours as the queue never seems to end.

1 Thank jassyl
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44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

We were back in Taipei and wanted to meet up with a friend for lunch. H.Y. did not disappoint. Same as always. Crowded, had a 15 minute wail in line at 11:15am. This is actually considered a short wait. Line gets much longer as you get to noon lunch time (so that's why we came so early). Restaurant was full... More 

Thank citywayne
Beijing, China
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109 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

We ordered unagi bento and the fried oyster. The unagi was tasteless and there was no sauce on the rice. The rice isn't the typical sushi rice served at Japanese restaurants. It was over cooked and mushy. The fried oyster was good. The mayonnaise dipping sauce was full of flavor. This unagi restaurant used to be inexpensive and delicious. I... More 

Thank Bejinger123169
Singapore, Singapore
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79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

When I reached the little lane where the shop is located, you can see how popular the restaurant is. Long queue as compared to the other restaurants in the same lane (a longer queue formed while I was waiting). The wait was not horrendous though (took about 20min) as it is a fairly spacious restaurants and diners don't really stay... More 

Thank kevinho1979

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No.13-2 Alley 121, Section 1, Zhongshan North Road | Zhongshan Dist, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Location: Asia  >  Taiwan  >  Taipei
  • Phone Number: +886 2 2561 7859

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?