Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating: no
Food Quality: 4 out of 5
Decor: 3.5 out of 5
Service: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 3.67 out of 5
Recommendation: Upscale Traditional Taiwanese Restaurant
Shin Yeh is a popular upscale Taiwanese Restaurant offering premium traditional Taiwanese fare in a comfortable surrounding with speedy service. Most of the dishes are around 400 NT, so you can probably get by with 600 NT per person. There are three other locations with the best one supposedly being the original location. The location in the East District is really packed and if you go without a reservation you will probably need to wait about 40 minutes until you can get a table, so call ahead to shorten your wait. If you want to try out this highly rated, high quality Taiwanese fare at a more traditional Taiwanese setting, pay Shin Yeh a visit.
The dining space was more of the boring old family style restaurant setting that many similar restaurants would opt for. White table cloth, beige chairs, and normal looking light fixtures. There were a couple inner table space which were more opulent, but the general dining space is rather bland and uninteresting. It's just comfortable and clean. This restaurant is very busy with people constantly flowing in during dining hours. As a result, the service here is very rushed. It is a good thing if you desire a quick meal, because the speed in which the dishes are brought to you is very fast. For a more chill and modern Taiwanese dining experience, try their other restaurant Onion Flower aka Shin Yeh Table. The food here is about the same quality as Onion Flower, but they are given regular names and have seasonal items.
Overall, I think that I would rather go to their Onion Flower restaurant where there are more variety and heavier flavored dishes prepared in a modern way. This is more of a boring traditional Taiwanese fare, where you come to get more of the original taste and flavors. I heard that the original store location prepares the food better, and maybe paying there a visit will be better than the Zhong Xiao branch. So if you are in the East District, I would recommend trying the Onion Flower branch instead. Unless you want to try the bigger ticket items like Abalone, shark fin soup, or fresh seafood items, I would recommend Onion Flower instead.
This is an ok place to eat Taiwanese Cuisine in a more posh setting.