Howdy all- I will be in Taipei and Shanghai for 2 weeks on a work trip - usually I am with our local teams, which means I am (thankfully!) not involved in the restaurant picking or ordering, only the delicious eating!
This trip I am solo for a few days in each city -- I am looking for recs for places that are : (a) OK for dining in alone -- counters, sitting at the bar, not looked at like a tragic orphan for sitting alone, not stuck with someone else's group because the staff doesn't know what to do with you... and (b) are manageable for someone who can't read or speak anything local (pictures on the menu is fine).
Any great ideas? The more local the food, the better!