Outdoor seating: no
Food Quality: 4 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Recommendation: Cheaper steak craving option.
Karen Teppanyaki is a small teppanyaki restaurant located in the Taipei 101 B1 Food Court. They have 3 eating areas, one outer rim for more scattered groups and two smaller tables for medium sized groups. They offer a 200 NT economy meal that includes soup, rice, vegetables, and a side (chicken, pork, or beef). But if you feel like going for something heartier, they have a surf and turf and steak menu ranging from 400-680 NT. They have an attentive wait staff, and enough cooks to provide your meal promptly. This is probably a safe bet in the Taipei 101 food court, especially if you like beef and shrimp.
Next, you get two sides of vegetables. Like most restaurants, you get bean sprouts and cabbage. The food preparation here is very light, but still flavorful, and the ingredients they use seem to be a little fresher and clean looking than the lower-end joints. The vegetables were not overly oily/buttery/salty. They did a good job in preparing these common dishes in a uncommon way. You can tell the difference between a chopstick full of bean sprouts served here than those served at RT mart or Carrerfour.
I ordered the Surf and Turf: Filet Mignon, Fish Fillet, and Prawns. The first entree that came out was the filet mignon. I ordered 50% cooked. I thought that would translate to medium rare, but I guess I can try 3 o 4 next time. The meat was tender, but it wasn't Filet Mignon tender. It was still chewy and sinewy even tho the inside looked properly red. It may be that the quality of the meat is not so good. They serve the Filet with their house steak sauce and garnished with fried garlic. It tasted delicious, a smooth sauce with a hint of pepper and garlic. However, the meat could be a little more melt in your mouth, but I guess you can't get that for 480 NT.