5 star hotel restaurants in Taiwan don't
wash the vegetables??
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Taiwan's 5 star buffet restaurants ref.
The China Times, 12-6-2014 (中國時報)
Shangri La's Far Eastern
hotel royal taipei
|Emperor crab, steak must eat, don't
||long tern reputation, all cuisins above average level
||Shabu-shabu, one wok for one person, in winter seasm oil
and Chinese medicine added
||various exotic cuisines, recommand roast beef imported
from USA (肋眼牛排)
||angle red shrimps with raw fish rank, only French-Japan
mixed buffet in Taipei
||steak, Hawaii cake(夏威夷州果仁蛋糕)
||imported roast equipment cost NT3 million, don't miss its
|How to eat
to worth the value??
1.Focus on seafood and roast beef/steak
2. Pay attention to: where those food came from, materials
ranking, current season fresh food?
how's the sauce, staff taking care the buffet bar often? room-lighting,
desserts kept in ice/cool box? too much
addictives or original flavor? etc.
black-heart food/cuisine in Taiwan for 20-30 years already ...
Most expensive food in "all you
can eat" buffet restaurants: raw oysters & raw fishes, steak, top
Grand Hyatt Taipei (君悅)
Shangri La's Far Eastern(遠東)
sashimi raw fishes (sliced),
raw oysters (with
sashimi raw fishes: Tilapia(鯛魚)、salmon(鲑)
sea-food bar : sea scallop(clam)、crabs、shrimps、mussel
、s sized octopus
and seafood salads, etc.
serves raw oysters (with
cocktail/salad : king crabs and lobsters (in small plates/dishes).
4 kinds of sashimi raw fishes:
salmon, sailfish(旗魚)、squid (small octopus)章魚etc.
|No raw oysters.
3 kinds of sashimi raw fishes: : 紅坩、salmon、sailfish(旗魚)。
seafood bar has 3 kinds - M sized
shrimps, S snails,
|No raw oysters -
out of service since Sept./Oct. 2013.
4 kinds sashimi raw fishes: salmon, tuna, tilapia(or porgy's fish),
sea-food bar : sunny crabs, white
shrimps, mussels, shellfish, sand crabs(沙蟹)、squid etc and other side/cold
dishes like smoked eels etc.
roast beef & BBQ meats
|about 7 kinds,
major : roast beef,
others are TurtleDove, marinated lamb chops, grilled fishes, etc
2-3 kinds: roast T-bone
beef, rib、 whole chicken.
|1 kind: roast beef.
||2 kinds : US roast beef,
assorted sausage (Chinese name : Germany sausage)。
top brand ice cream
|Movenpick ice cream : 5
flavours ice cream, 2 flavor sorbet: Raspberry, mango.
||hand-made Italia ice cream.
||Movenpick ice cream: 6 kinds (2 kinds
||Haagen-Dazs ice cream : 8
||Jan. 28, 2013
||Jan. 30, 2013
||Jan. 22, 2013
||Jan. 31, 2013
|details pls see below :
||★ May 21, 2015, lunch
I feel their service
manner not up to par for my personal standard. (ps:
fried vegetables with shrimp sauce in Thai restaurant is hard to chew )
★ Dec. 26, 2014, lunch
Still no raw oysters, others about same as before.
30, 2013, lunch
Seafood bar stop serving raw oysters
since Sept., Oct. 2013 till present.
31, 2013, lunch
(1) Seafood bar provides 4
different kinds of Japanese sashimi raw fishes: salmon( 鮭魚)、Tuna(鮪)、Tilapia(鯛)、sailfish/swordfish(旗魚)，7
kinds of seafood: raw shell oysters(生蠔)、sunny crab(旭蟹)、白蝦(white
shrimp)、淡菜(mussel)、貝(shellfish)、沙蟹(crab)、章魚(squid), etc and small plate
cocktail such as smoked eel, etc.
(2) BBQ area offers US roast beef、 assorted sausage (Chinese title:
(3) Haagen-Dazs ice-cream: 8 different kinds.
(4) dessert area provides many ones for your taking freely, and a large
box including fresh desserts (cakes) that chef will take for you upon
request ― that chef may ask you "which ONE you like?" but there're at
least 10 different kinds inside.
(5)Western hot dishes include grilled mutton with truffle (interesting),
and India curry beef/seafood & pie ― you can take freely,
but last time only chef can take some (not too mamy) for you.
(6) Vegetables are not better than Hyatt, Sheraton' strong part is
★ 4/9/2012 , dinner
(1) Haagen-Dazs ice cream: 8 different kinds.
(2) 4 kinds of fresh raw fish, Japanese sashimi: salmon, tuna, etc, but
you may have more (日本干貝) from sushi, raw oysters from PuHu Taiwan (not
(3) Roast beef OK.
26/ 2012, dinner
(1) Only 3 (used to be 4, 5 or more) different
kinds of fresh
(raw sliced fish) Japanese sashimi.
(2) Raw oysters are "skinny", and some tiny little black stuffs (sand or
?) inside those 3 I had. You may need to "rinse" them by free drinking water on
the table before eating.
(3) Seafood bar also provides shell (namely 毛貝)、mussel, squid, crabs (quite
(4) Roast beef red, but not very juicy. 1st time see stew
osso buco (sheep knee) with red sauce and Korean BBQ meat in there.
(5) Beef curry taste good, but part of those beef is not too easy to chew,
fish curry bit sour to me.
(6) Dim-sum: shrimp slew-mai good, others include green slew-mai, steam
(7) Vietnamese soft noodle with beef very good.
(8) Ice cream refrigerator same as before.
28/ 2011, dinner
The restaurant is quite full. Raw oysters are smaller
than last time's.
16/ 2011, lunch
Today's raw oysters are larger than those I saw in
here in this year. I broke a small plate, the hotel did not ask
11/ 2011, lunch
Those so called "roast mutton", actually is
roast "processed" mutton ― those meats are not simply cutting
from bodies for serving.
Many tiny little pieces, taste like cracked shells,
attached to "bamboo clams" (Taiwanese name : "竹蛤"), better "rinse/wash" it by free
drinking water on the table before eating.
3, 2011, dinner
Seafood bar provides local raw oysters, bamboo clams
("竹蛤"), mussels, shrimps, and 5 types of fresh
(raw sliced fish) sashimi; comparatively, the number is more than most 5
star hotel buffets.
Field snail replaced "bamboo clam", oysters are
local stuffs. Only 2 kinds of ordinary Candonese Dim Sum,
without expensive shrimp dumpling, etc.
lunch time 11:30 ~ 2:00pm, according to my personal
experience, service is not very well.
◎ The number of Mandarin hot cuisines is not too
◎ Raw oysters in 5 star hotels are usually imported
from Western countries or New Zealand, but at present they provide
Taiwanese (PunHu) oysters.
◎ 2 brands ice creams : Movenpick:
Haagen-Dazs: 3 kinds, both are easy to dig, Movenpick
is too soft.
◎ Service ― I am not sure
if they don't welcome single man, bill was on the table 10 minutes after
I took seat, that was never happened before.
TV evening news <非凡新聞> 5:55pm 9/5/2011: 13% of
Taiwan's all you can eat buffet restaurants (hot pot) discriminate (by price)
★ June 20 , 2011,
Shell raw oysters available, but not always - the server sometimes left the
counter. 3 different kinds of fresh (raw fish) sashimi offered,
3 kinds of sorbet of Movenpick and 3 kinds of Haagen-Dazs
ice cream taste great, but Haagen-Dazs strawberry is too frozen to dig.
( brand names on the box )
Lamb knee is a special stuff seldom offered there.
★ Sept. 7 , 2010,
Shell oysters (raw) and Four different kinds of fresh
(raw fish) sashimi available.
Two different top brands ice-creams.
Good service ― an employee escorted a
very old customer from the entrance gate.
★ July 28, 2009, lunch
service, high-ceiling/roof dining hall looks great.
They serve Movenpick ice cream and
Haagen-Dazs (but no logo/sign on the box ), and fresh (raw fish) sashimi, mussels,
small field-snails, etc in seafood bar.
Roast beef fine, some of mutton chops are very juicy.
|| Shangri La's Far
eastern plaza hotel
US president Bill Clinton stayed here (also known as "Far eastern plaza
when he visited Taiwan.
Buffet hall <Cafe at Far Eastern> is located in the 6th floor, offering diversified food
(Chinese, India, and Western style) and desserts.
Oct. 4, 2013, lunch
In seafood bar, there're 3 kinds of cold dish sea food - small snails,
small octopus, and M shrimps; 3 kinds of raw fish slices.
Others are about similar to those before.
Sept. 23, 2013, lunch
New India chef just came and is serving Indian cuisine counter ...
June 20, 2013, lunch
(1) seafood bar : shrimps, S snails, fish colon; 3 kind of raw fishes.
(2) Western food include roast beef Prime. several Mandarin
(3) 5 India dishes, 5 Candonese dim sum.
Jan. 23, 2013, lunch
(1) seafood bar : If you like top seafood like raw oyster, Sheraton
and Hyatt (lunch & dinner) probably are better choices
afternoon tea buffet provides with raw oysters, but lunch and dinner
only have cooked oysters.
Today in Shangri-La's seafood bar I don't see large clams, large
scallops ... there're 3 kinds (small snail, M-L shrimps, etc), and 3
kinds of raw sliced fishes sashimi that available in most 5 star hotel
(2) others about same as before, about 5 kinds of Candonese dim-sum, India food area
(about 6-7 kinds ),
Mandarin hot dishes, western hot dishes...
(3) I ate lots of cooked vegetables instead of meat, but I still felt heaty
(火氣大 traditional Chinese medical practice terms).
Dec. 7, 2012, lunch
(1) seafood bar : 3 kinds, shrimps, M-sized clams, etc, Japanese
raw-fish sashimi includes Seriola dumerili, salmon, sailfish/swordfish.
(2) others about same as before, 5 kinds of dim-sum, India food area,
Mandarin dishes, western dishes...
Sept. 24, 2012, lunch
Seafood bar : 3 dishes shrimps,
large-sized clams, etc, and
Japanese raw-fish sashimi.
(2) Specials offer Middle-Autumn (moon) festival various BBQ meats (9/20-9/30).
(3) hot dishes includes one French and one Italian cuisine.
(4) Mandarin cuisine includes Wok-fried minced shrimps wrapped with
March 29, 2012, lunch
(1)Sea food bar is about same as before.
(2)Movenpick ice cream 3 kinds: vallina、chocolate、straw-berry,
fruit-sorbet 3 different kinds : mango, banana, berry.
(3)roast beef fine, sort 'bloody', but Korean wok-fried meat is tough &
hard to chew.
March 2, 2012, lunch
The most "worth the value" stuffs in all 5
star hotel restaurants usually are :
(1) seafood bar : 3 different Japanese raw-fish sashimi, and small
clams, snails, normal sized shrimps. But they don't provide raw oysters,
while Sheraton, Hyatt do.
(2) roast beef : it's OK, but not very juicy/bloody.
(3) ice cream: 6 different kinds in here, 3 of them are sorbet - mango,
banana, and berry.
ps: waitress is willing to help elder people to have a seat.
Dec. 12, 2011, lunch
clams are larger than before in this year.
Candonese chicken is very tender, I don't see any other "big" dish
excited me like bake oysters shown there last time.
Nov. 21, 2011, lunch
Roast "prime rib" good, but no bone attached.
No raw oysters, but provides baked oysters. Late birds got octopus
sashimi, in addition to salmon and
blue marlin/sailfish/swordfish sashimi.
(in seafood bar) taste bit sweet, very good! Deep fried tiny
crabs (can eat it all) are interesting, but not hot enough.
Mandarin/Chinese dishes are added, western and India cuisines are fewer.
Oct. 12, 2011,
Scallops, shrimps, raw fish sashimi in seafood bar come from local Taiwan.
Some mandarin side dishes like pig-ear, pork-tripe etc , western cuisine Mutton chop
rib are delicious.
6 kinds of ice cream are imported, world top brand.
Oct. 19, 2011, lunch
new dishes : Swiss pork, Spanish chicken ...
new Dim-Sum: steam shrimp dumpling.
Sept. 19 & 29,
similar food as before.
July 29, 2011 lunch
Something new in seafood bar : knife clam, Xi Shi clam(西施貝),
tender : roast beef and Korean style wok-fire beef slice with Korean
June 10, 2011 lunch
Exotic Mid-East festival, BBQ beef is very juicy and tender.
May 6, 2011 lunch
No oysters, 2 different kinds of raw fish sashimi, snails are small sized.
6 kinds of Movenpick ice cream/fruit sorbet. Most
Indian dishes are replaced by Chinese food.
According to Medical cancer-disease studies, steak (roast beef) 1/3 done
is better than half done, half done is better than 3/4 done. (TV channel
57, May 12, 2011 9:00-10:00pm) Today I can not have beef that
Mar. 6, 2011
Roast beef are very tender, not "bloody".
About 2 different kinds of raw sliced fish sashimi, and small snails, etc.
During Flu season, I like their "Bamboo trees" seats to keep distance with
rec. on file :
In late 2005, Raw oysters are just displayed (not attached to shell) on the shell (look like fresh live
shell oysters ) .
Sept. 2006: I randomly took 2 raw oysters, they are live & shell
smell all right; roast beef/steak not very best class, but better than Sherwood's.
Oct. 2007: some raw oysters are placed (not attached to) on the shells.
Jan-Mar., 2008, I had some afternoon-buffets offering some
hot, lunch dishes .
June 29, 2009 : no raw shell oysters , they provide cooked
field snails and clams instead, and dark-red color raw
tuna (but it's not Taiwan's best "Black tuna" ).
Beijing duck and roast beef & rib as usual.
July 7, 2009 lunch : no field snail, no raw oysters, no roast ribs,
tiny broken shell-pieces in clams, well-done roast beef. America
Gourmet Classic regional favorites from July 1 to 19.
Till around Nov 2009, they have several package deals for coupon buyers,
about NT499 per customer for lunch ( 4 guests for the price of two ) and
other special prices, which only offered to Far Eastern Platinum card
holders before. (need to call them for details)
July 15, 2009 lunch : no broken shell pieces in clams, roast beef
May 24, 2010 lunch : Sunday buffet is better than
weekday's, price is higher too.
field snail, raw fish sashimi, steam oyster (no raw
shell oyster), BBQ steak and rib (a little skinny).
July 14, 2010 lunch : No ribs,
oysters and field snails. Seafood bar only offers sashimi (2 types -
salmon and sailfish/swordfish/blue marlin), S sized clams, XS octopus, fish intestines,
shrimps. Sashimi cut and served slowly, service not very
steak OK, some Chinese-style roast duck not juicy - hard
to swallow for me.
Small number of field snails available, soon all gone. Better to
be a early bird.
Mango creations in hot dishes and salad, etc till Aug 15.
Yesterday is Moon (middle-autumn) festival, a major Chinese festival.
Lots of beef ribs, some field snails.
I found Indian dishes are replaced by Chinese cuisines. (perhaps one
weekday becomes India night)
2 types of raw fish sashimi - salmon and sailfish/swordfish/
clams, small octopus, shrimps, mussels, no oysters. steak almost
well-done (no ribs), 6 kinds of Movenpick ice cream/sorbet (berry fruit). Chinese cuisines
include roast duck, Candonese BBQ pork.
Dec. 27, 2010 lunch
middle part of roast beef are very tender and juicy.
Shell oysters not available.
|5 star sashimi
◎ all media (Nov. 3, 2013): Having deep-sea large
fishes - better 2 times per month.
◎ TVBS (8:25am, 11.14.2011)
― expert M.D. suggests :
we better have Japanese fresh sashimi
per week no more than :
15 pieces of Salmon ;
12 pieces of Sword-fish/blue marlin;
10 pieces of black(dark) Tuna;
to avoid having too much pollution
(Chinese Chemical name : 甲基汞),
since larger fishes eat all smaller
sized fishes in the sea. Black Tuna usually are worse
than the sharks.
◎ TV news reported (May 12, 2011東森財經台,
channel 57), medical studies showed : steak 3/10 done is less likely to
cause cancer, half done till 7/10 done may increase 20% probability
Those steak's "blood" actually are not blood, instead of, are nutritious
element Myoglobin, Chinese namely "肌蛋白".
◎<Apple Daily News> Taiwan, Mar. 16, 2012
(1) People with Diabetes, Nephropathy, Gout, Bulimia, Body Mass Index>=27
(fat person) should not go to buffet restaurants.
(2)Max - once per 2 weeks, or once per month, each time have 70%-80%
(3)Best to worst - 5 star buffet, afternoon tea buffet, hot pot buffet,
roast meat buffet, pizza buffet, American style fry chickens
(4) drink: choose black coffee, or sugar-free tea.
(5) No pie or pastry cakes, choose soft-texture cakes (海綿或戚風蛋糕。).
(6)As for American food buffet : BBQ grill chickens better than fry
chickens, thin pizza better, no pepperoni or sausage pizza, Vinaigrette
is better than salade dressing.
(7) Soup or salad first, clear soup better than corn potage
(8) Each plate divide 4 parts ― 2 for vegetables, 1 for meat, one
for rice/bread, after meal have 1 plate of fruits.
(8) Hot-pot buffet : no 丸 or 餃, no soup in the pot.
◎ <United Daily News> Taiwan reported
Taiwanese love all you can eat buffet, this kind of restaurants are
◎ <Apple Daily>, Jan.
About 40% Taiwanese family, at least one member in
his/her family is over-weight.
Almost 60% Taiwanese family with 2 member over-weight is caused by
eating too much in every meal.
◎ <Apple Daily>, Jan.
31, 2013: MD 祝年豐 advices Taiwanese people better not choose
all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant to avoid having Metabo Syndrome, int'l
and local studies found if both parents are fat (Metabo), the
probability that their children is/are fat is 4.6 times than normal
◎5 star restaurants
suppose do better clean work than ordinary restaurants do.
◎ 'poisonous' materials /ingredients
were found in many restaurants, night markets in Taiwan...
★ TTV news 2-27-2015
Buffet triple your stomach in size
A study found 65% buffet
restaurant customers' ，gastric capacity increased from
about 800 c.c. up to 2000~3200 c.c.,, which can be main reason to
be a fatty. M.D. advices it's better to
take one's time in eating, chew carefully and
swallow slowly, and not have too much food.
Apple Daily, 2.27.2015
Advice by Liu (台安醫院營養師劉怡里): In
buffet restaurant, better first of all have high-fiber and
high protein food, such as vegetable salad,
defrosted frozen tofu, etc, then have low-fat food like fish, shrimp,
crab, oyster, etc seafood, at last to eat beef, pork, those red-meat,
besides, after buffet meal, have a sugar-free green tea, or black
coffee, and take a walk for 30 minutes. You better have all-u-can-eat
buffet once per 2 weeks.
bigger gastric capacity
time in eating, chew carefully and swallow
slowly, and not have too much food to control your
have a sugar-free green
tea, or black coffee, and take a walk for 30
if u already got a big
u should eat less food, try having more tofu and
situation (meal control fails), advice surgery
|| Le Meridien, Taipei
★ Nov. 22,
(1) serves King crab's feet upon request ―
not many customers on the
There's another crab - steamed
crabs on the counter, you can take as many as you like.
(2) 3 kinds of Japanese style raw
fish slices. Besides, scallops, bamboo clams, and
mussels are on the bar.
★ Oct. ,
(1) serves King crab's feet, "early birds" won't on
the line probably. (In Oct., customers are crowded in this restaurant )
(2) 4 kinds of Japanese style raw
(3) Haagen-Dazs : 4 kinds, Movenpick ice cream: 5 kinds.
(4) Roast beef。
(5) lots desserts/cakes in counter .
Sept. 10, 2013 lunch
Seafood bar and other major cuisine (roast beef,
marinated lamb chop) ice cream are about same as before.
March 26, 2013 lunch
Hyatt is very crowded because it offers 40% off discount through an
ad. in Apple Daily news.
The dishes are about the same as before, but add more seafood from
(1) chilled baby abalone
always out-of-order, since too many
customers & their taking too many abalones each time.
(2) marinated lamb chop is tender,
different from that last time I tried.
(3) the chef is not willing to cut the middle part of roast beef upon my
request for rare beef (he always cut from the left side
well-done beef , but some other 5 star restaurant like Shangri-La's can
cut it for me)
(4) between 11:30 and 11:40, those raw oysters are very very skinny, and
look dark green (most part of it).
(5) others I feel pretty fine.
Feb. 25, 2013, lunch
This is the next day of Chinese Lantern festival.
1) BBQ area provides US prime roast
beef (taste OK) and baked whole fish (very cold). other western
dishes include Roman style veal (煮小牛)、Tuscan
style veal osso (牛膝), etc
2) Seafood bar provides with shell raw
oysters (imported), raw sliced fishes:Tilapia(鯛魚)、salmon (鲑)、and
(蝦)、small octopus, sea scallop (they called it moon clam)、bear crab (m
sized蟹)、 and mussel salad, etc.
3) Dim-sum has about 5 kinds : crisp turnip cake, crab roe shou-mai,
etc, abalone & chicken strings soft-rice
is not too bad.
4) Movenpick: 5 kinds of ice cream, 2 kinds sorbet: Raspberry, mango.
5) 12 kinds of desserts/cakes.
6) About 4 kinds of fruits.
7) Chinese cold dishes include Shanghai style smoked fishes.
Feb. 5, 2013, lunch
1) BBQ area provides US prime roast
beef and marinated lamb chops (I tried 2 slices, both are not tender
enough), and others like salmon coulibiac, fried small soft-shell crabs,
grilled fishes, etc.
2) Seafood bar provides with shell raw
oysters (imported from Washington USA), raw sliced fishes :Tilapia(鯛魚)、salmon (鲑)、and
steam shrimp (蝦)、small octopus, sea scallop (namely moon clam)、crab (namely
" bear" but m sized蟹)、mussel and salad, etc.
3) chilled baby abalone
Jan. 28, 2013, lunch
1) Seafood bar provides with shell raw
oysters, you can take freely, no longer cut by chef staff, no longer too
salty. Others include Tilapia(鯛魚)、salmon (鲑)、and steam shrimps, sea scallop、crab (m sized蟹)、mussel and salad, etc.
2)BBQ area provides about 7 different kinds : roast beef、whole chicken、TurtleDove 、marinated
lamb chops、grilled fishes, etc.
3) vegetarian suppose love here, since Hyatt offers one among most kinds
4)Movenpick: 5 kinds of ice cream, 2 kinds sorbet: Raspberry, mango.
5)expense: NT1100, plus service NT1210 (about USD40), but service
is bit cold, maybe they don't like single customer.
Dec. 26, 2011, lunch
Big changes in here : raw oysters are no longer served by
chef, hence, you can take as many as you like, besides, they are not
"too salty" any more. Maybe this website's complaints
work! Hyatt said oysters are imported from the US.
Mandarin dishes : broiled pork tail, mushroom&sea-cucumber ("hai-sen"
海參), spicy wondun (紅油炒手), fried
spicy pork-tripe, not bad .
Smoked goose, oven roast goose, roast beef quite tender, but not juicy.
2 kinds of Japanese style raw fishes (fewer than Sheraton's), 7
kinds of Movenpick ice cream (same
Hyatt's computer system missed my reservation by telephone, probably
that's the reason they sent us a Xmas sock together with 2 bags of
cookies before we left.
You can print coupon from Hyatt Taipei's website, so as to save about
NT100 per person.
Feb. 26, 2011, lunch
(1) Shell oysters (live/raw) taste salty, different from all other
oysters I tried in all other places like Florida, New Orleans,
Singapore, or any Taiwanese 5 star hotels I tried - Sheraton, Howard
(Taipei) or Far-eastern Plaza hotel (providing oysters about 1.5 yrs
ago). Those oysters seem that
had been sunk in salty water for quite a while. Besides, the
staff cuts the shell very slowly ( he will "brushes" the shell
cautiously & slowly if the waiting line is very short or no queue).
(2) Some BBQ lambs are bit tough for me.
April 22, 2010, lunch
(1) One seafood-bar chef/waiter opens (not very fast) and serves
raw oyster for a waiting
line. ( everyone probably can not be "greedy"?)
(2) Only one kind of Japanese raw
sliced fish sashimi in seafood bar.
(3) Mutton chop is tough for elders.
(4) My uncle (senior citizen, elders near 90) went to hospital for stomach
problem after having their buffet.
(he is fine after having Sheraton's buffet)
(5) No coupons in Hyatt web-site.
Lunch buffet, July
(1) Gorgeous entrance hall.
(2) Buffet in <Cafe> room at 1st floor :
<1> Seafood bar: steam & smoke salmon, shrimp taste
great, Japanese raw fish (fresh sashimi ) only one kind, shell-oyster
very small but no
<2> Hot dishes : quite many & various food available,
including Mandarin food & dessert, mutton chop, BBQ rib for
you, roast beef/steak is red & "bloody" (not very "bloody").
<3> Waitress attentive, hot coffee to your table.
(3) Some time, you may have special coupon in Hyatt web-site (print the page
"updated news, Cafe room", Chinese edition only) to have about 1/2 or
2/3 price buffet.
★ Jan. 30, 2013,
afternoon tea buffet
The most expensive 5 star buffet in Taipei: lunch or
dinner or afternoon price is more than NT1300, Westin said afternoon
tea buffet is their best ― most dedicated & delicious.
1) Today's seafood bar provides French oysters, (lunch or dinner only
cooked oysters), and 4 kinds sashimi raw fishes: salmon, sailfish, toko,
2) BBQ area offers roast T-bone, rib, roast whole chicken.
3) cocktail salad : king crab and lobster - small plates.
4) special : Arabian salad, Indian BBQ grilled - about 8 different
★ April 30, 2012
1) provides "poached" oysters ― not raw
oysters, poached oysters are bit cooked and then iced by refrigerator or
etc. Customers usually can not tell the difference between
raw oysters and poached oysters, by look or by taste.
2) 4 kinds of raw fish sashimi : Hamachi, Tuna, sailfish,
Salmon. Today I saw bottle-necks in customers queue in there
several times because waiting staff cut sashimi for customers one by
one, "interactive" suppose is not a good way to serve all-you-can-eat
3) roast beef ― the first piece (half done) I tried is very good,
better than those in other 5 star buffet restaurants, but 2nd piece
tasted just OK, maybe it's well-done part.
4) Dim-sum shrimp dumpling is very good, but today's steam pork is too
5) half lobster good, but this food will be stop some day in May.
6) ice cream is not top brand like Sheraton, Shangri-La's, the waiting
staff declared it's "hand-made" Italian stuffs, brand un-known.
★ April 26, 2012
B1「東西燴」buffet restaurant just renamed to be Silk
Road Feast(絲路宴), the major difference from other 5 star hotel restaurants lies
1) high price, NT1380 ( + service charge 10% )
2) long dining time, from 12pm till 5pm, so no afternoon tea
buffet available in here (other 5 star hotels provide).
3) something good : e.g., King crabs (帝王蟹, ps: TLC TV channel: catching
king crabs is an extremely dangerous job, they can cut man's hand
completely off), free half lobster for each customer during grand
opening period (till some day in May, 2012), raw oysters may or may not
provide, depend on each day's situation .
★ Sept. 11, 2011, lunch
Enough fresh sashimi (2 kinds of raw fishes : salmon, tuna ) , clams, shrimp,
mussels, etc are supplied.
Steak, ham fine. Service great, special seat
arrangements for handicap elder person in wheel-chair.
NT899 plus tax, lunch time 12:00 till 2:00pm.
★ April 21, 2009, lunch
Chocolate cake and cheese cake are great. Waitress
service is excellent - special seat arrangement for elderly persons.
Roast beef's cost is more than those of many other western 5 star hotels, but
tastes not very juicy ( not "bloody").
Some bottle-necks to serve fresh sashimi (raw
sliced fishes), no dishes over there after
13:30 - need to ask seafood-bar chef to cut some for you.
Lunch time from 12:00 till 14:00, slightly cheaper lunch price in Monday
and Tuesday .
|| Grand Hi-Lai Hotel
, Kaohsiung city (Taiwan)
(1) Various seafood (more choice than some Taipei's buffets)
1) Herring, Brunion, Markerel, Salmon, sailfish/blue
about 8 different kinds of Japanese style fresh (raw fishes) sashimi.
2) Imported big shell oysters (live/raw) about
same as Shangri-la's hotel Taipei served a few years ago.
3) Crabs cooked in different ways, Japanese deep fried
(2) Roast beef is not very juicy, although some part looks red.
(3) 8 kinds of Haagen-Dazs ice cream are too hard (frozen) to get/dig, only
little softer than Howard Hotel Kaohsiung. 5 star hotels like Shangri-La's
Taipei doesn't have this problem ― perfect soft for
(4) Decoration is gorgeous, but some tables are bad surfaced.
(5) Some waitress served very quick, but some has done bad service to
March 3, 2011 lunch buffet
|| Ambassador Hotel
Oct. 1, 2013, lunch
In sea food counter, there're 4 kinds of cold dishes including
large red crabs, 4 kinds of raw fish slices cut by chef upon your request.
There're 2 brands of ice creams - Haagen-Dazs (4 kinds of ice
cream) and Japan's Meiji (4 ice creams), in tea time buffet, Haagen-Dazs is not
Hot dishes includes ox tails, German pig feet, in tea time buffet, ox
tails, steak (roast beef) are not served.
March 28, 2012, lunch:
tuna (katsuwonus pelamis 鲣魚) is "half-raw" fish, which means they burn the
outer-part and keep inside part raw , others like salmon are raw fishes.
All sashimi raw fishes are served & cut (about 5-6 pieces per person) upon request, which is different from
the way in most 5 star hotel-restaurants like Shangri-La's, Sheraton, Hyatt,
Sherwood, Westin, Howard, etc. So, you probably won't see a plate with a stack of raw fishes
on customer's hand .
(2) roast beef red, but not very juicy, they also have
(3) hot meal includes braised stuffed goose web, roast
beef short-rib (New Zealand), roast lamb with bacons (half-done, tasted good,
but bacon not healthy according to medical report), roast pork knuckles (pig
feet, the skin tasted good), etc.
(4) Haagen-Dazs ice cream : 4 kinds (coffee, chocolate,
mango, the other one is too sweet), last time 2 of them are too hard to dig,
this time OK, besides, they provide 4 kinds of Meiji ice cream, but I did not
try any of them.
Nov. 7, 2011, lunch:
Japanese style sashimi raw fish skipjack tuna (katsuwonus pelamis 鲣魚)
tastes very good, but salmon sashimi is not good enough, according to those
pieces that I tried.
2 out of 4 kinds of Haagen-Dazs icecream/sorbet
are too hard (frozen) to dig, particularly for female's muscle, in contrast, Sheraton or
Shangri-La's hotel does not have this kind of problem at all, as for Grand Hi-Lai Kaohsiung, is
even bit worse than Ambassador.
Japanese style deep fried shrimps still are not very
T-bone steak and roast beef are well-done, so bit 'dry' ― not
juicy enough, unlike those in western hotels, in there customers can select half
done or well done for eating.
Not a mass of meat were found within those crabs, comparatively speaking,
crabs in Sheraton's buffet dinner at Nov. 3 are better.
Some pieces of roast duck are red & juicy.
ps: (1) Ambassador's customer service is great,
they kindly replied my email expressing opinions as above.
(2) By the way, I also visited my relatives eating in
Ambassador Candonese restaurant in the 2nd floor, that place looks elegant.
2011- 10- 24 lunch:
Sashimi (raw sliced fishes) salad is good, roast beefs are all well done,
but not taste dry.
Taiwanese style 'mutton wok' (羊肉壚) is good.
2 brands of ice cream/sorbet ( Meiji: 4
Haagen-Dazs: 4), berry sorbet is bit hard to dig...
fresh sashimi ― raw fishes salmon, tuna, and 鰹魚 ...... all came
Japanese style deep fried shrimp is not very hot.
End of Nov. 2006 lunch:
Smaller sized buffet room, provides with usual 5 star buffet
food ( salmon, beef,
Japanese raw-fishes fresh sashimi , etc), and
Haagen-Dazs , Japanese brand ice-cream ...
Garden Taipei Hotel (Taiwan)
Dec. 5, 2011 dinner buffet:
dishes are about same as before.
Nov. 28, 2011 dinner buffet:
4 kinds of fresh sashimi (raw fishes), blue marlin/sailfish, snapper, tuna,
salmon, besides, shrimps and crabs (not too massy meat).
roast beef is half-done, tender, juicy. Ice cream
― Russian character brand.
Nov. 16, 2011 dinner buffet:
Epinephelussp tastes good. Roast beef is
smaller sized, but really improved, becomes about same tender & juicy as
Mutton shank, bamboo clam with pumpkin not bad.
About 4 kinds of Japanese style
Ice cream is not same level as Haagen-Dazs etc those western 5 star hotels'
Oct. 31, 2011 dinner buffet:
lots more customers this time, meal is not bad (although comparatively fewer,
price NT780 is less than western 5 star hotels about NT890+) : 2 kinds of crabs,
3 kinds of Japanese fresh (raw fishes) sashimi, beef not bad.
June 29, 2011 dinner buffet
(1) Miramar's buffet price NT780-880 per person, I personally think it's
better for me to try some 5 star hotel, like Shangri-La's special ("10 coupons") price NT770
(avg.) per person ( price refer to Apple Daily News, June 30, 2011; or to try
(2) The number of different kinds of cuisine dishes/desserts
in Miramar is not too many, probably about 60% (or half) of that in Sheraton, Hyatt's,
(3) Main dishes are roast beef, Japanese style fresh sashimi.
Besides, russian brand ice-creams are available......
(4) If you prefer a restaurant not too noisy, Miramar Garden is a good
choice, since not many customers dining here tonight ―
about 10+ tables till I left around 7:10pm.
(5) Miramar is a 4 star hotel.
|| Howard Plaza Hotel, Kaohsiung
(1) Japanese style fresh sashimi (raw
fishes) almost are about empty around
13 am, they did not supplement more for customers.
(2) Most hot dishes are not hot enough around 12: 40 am when I
(3) Some customer was coughing near dessert area, so I did
not try those.
(4) lunch price NT550, I personally think Grand Hi-Lai hotel's buffet
(NT680) is comparatively "worth the value".
(5) I feel the only great stuff is Haagen-Dazs ice cream,
but too hard (too frozen) to dig, so you can't have too much. 5 star
hotels like Shangri-La's Taipei doesn't have this problem ―
perfect soft for taste. (test at Mar 6, 2011)
March 2, 2011 lunch buffet
international Hotel, Taichung (Taiwan)
March 1, 2011, breakfast buffet
Excellent buffet, wide ranged dishes, I like those very sweet fruits, about
80% customers are western and Japanese. But lunch buffet does not
serve Japanese style fresh sashimi in weekdays, so maybe try
Howard Prince hotel not too far.
|| Howard Prince Hotel, Taichung
Feb. 28, 2011(NT720); March 1, 2011(weekday price NT600),
(1) About 4 kinds of Japanese style fresh sashimi
(raw sliced fishes).
(2) Large sliced field snails in salad bar, small snails
cooked in oven, both good.
(3) Watermelon very sweet. They have traditional
bottled Coke (smaller sized).
Kingdom, Kaohsiung city, Taiwan
Breakfast buffet serves very ordinary stuffs, evening buffet just
OK, not many customers. March 2, 2011
large shell raw oyster(imported frmUSA)
ps: not available since summer 2009 and not in 2010, 2011
raw shell oyster(USA);
ps: samall-sized live oysters (Taiwan's) served in 2010, 2011
||Haagen Dazs, Movenpick
||Tuffi Frutti (Italia)
duck, Virginia ham
||BBQ rib mutton/lamb
(data: The China Times,
April 11, 2009, and add updated
info by this site)
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restaurants in Taiwan, here're the best ones.
keyword: "5 star
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8, 2012, July
|| Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei main store
(le louvre & rainbow)
★ Aug. 4, 2009, lunch (Rainbow
Terrance at the 1st floor)
Price is lower than Le Louvre (best buffet of
Howard). Live Piano music around, Haagen-Dazs, crabs,
smoked salmon, etc.
★ April 13, & June 21, 2009, lunch (Le
Louvre Restaurant at the 4th floor)
Roast beef is fine, Movenpick ice cream taste
great, goose-liver bit more salty, service is good.
Only 3 5-star hotels in Taipei at present provide
all-you-can-eat shell raw-oysters - Howard, Hyatt, and Shangri-la's
Eastern Plaza Hotel. (but, no raw oyster in Shangri-La's in this summer)
★ Feb. 23, 2009,
lunch (Le Louvre Restaurant at the 4th floor)
Le Louvre buffet restaurant closes one of two halls for worse
The steak (roast beef) is not very tender, waitress service not very well.
Raw oysters (from US, but about half size of Shangri-La's) are all-you-can-eat this
time (different from half years ago ).
★ Sept. 5, 2008. lunch
(Le Louvre Restaurant at the 4th floor)
Le Louvre buffet restaurant
is located in the 4th floor of Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei, providing with
Euro style 5 star food - they will serve a dish of raw oysters
imported from USA upon your request . They serve better &
more expensive food than other Howard branches.
The 1st floor restaurant provides more local-flavor buffet food, slightly
cheaper price, the ice cream (Haagen-Dazs) is a better than
4th floor's Swiss ice cream.
Decoration of Le Louvre in the 4th floor room is not 5 star ranking.
★ Oct. 9, 2013, lunch
11th Floor restaurant serves Candonese
dim sum (鳳爪、排骨、蟹燒賣) & fried dishes (五味孔雀蛤、白灼鮮南蝦、檸香日本鯖魚)All you can eat
buffet, totally about 50 choices.
★ April 9, &
April 28, 2009, lunch
economic price (NT420) for Chinese/Japanese cuisine
: steam crabs, Thailand chicken, Chinese Jin-sen chicken soup, Japanese fresh sashimi (raw fish)
and mussel salad, Candonese
PS: no more crabs, sashimi
(Japanese style raw fish) are served upon request - not all you can take
on the seafood-bar table (June 17 & 25, 2009)
|| Regent Formosa
, Taipei, Taiwan
<Regent Formosa Taipei> has one among
largest all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants in Taiwan, so, this
restaurant is comparatively more noisy.
In July 2008, <Humane Society International>, Washington D.C.,
USA, blamed Silk Palace of Regent (inside government area) Formosa's "Shark fin" feast. <the
United News> of Taiwan reported that killing sharks is against world trend for
conservation, damages under-water life environment, and cursed the way to capture the
sharks is very cruel : the fishermen usually cut the shark's 4 fins, then
put "useless shark" back into the sea, the wounded shark bled to die
The Regent Formosa said they will not decide what to do until receiving
Taiwan government's official document. (7. 23. 2008)
The NPM asks Regent to sell The Chin-Dynasty cuisine instead.
<Apple Daily> reported at Sept
7,2008 that NPM is still providing with shark fin feast (large whole
piece imported from South Africa ), this damages Taiwan's national
ps: (1) Apple Daily (June 17, 2011) reported : 71 out of 76
tourism hotels in Taiwan (Regent Formosa, Hyatt, Grand, HiLai) offer shark-fin
for marriage feasts.
Taiwan each year kills 920000 - 3860000 sharks for their fins.
(2) CTS Taiwan (June 16, 2011)
reported top 3 hotels offer shark-fin are Grand hotel (圓山), Westin(六福皇宮) , and
Sheraton (or SunWorldDynasty 王朝) hotel.
(3) Another report from
internet : top 5 hotels offer shark fins are The Splendor (Kaohsiung), HiLai (Kaohsiung),
Grand Hotel (Taipei), Sun World Dynasty(Taipei), Westin (Taipei) - according to
the number of feast tables (customer numbers).
(4) Apple Daily News (Jan. 21,
2012) : No more shark-fin provided in 7 hotels , Chinese
Plaza Hotel, Taipei, Yun-tsai rest
Howard Plaza Hotel Yun-Tsia buffet restaurant is located in
the 45th floor of Mitsukoshi Dept Store( largest mall in Japan), the 2nd
tallest building in Taiwan.
The lunch price NT580 is comparative economic, you can have great
view of Taipei (phone call in advance for window seat), and BBQ beef, &
fish, Cantonese din-sum, Japanese food (fresh sashimi raw-fishes, fried shrimp, Mei-Ji
ice cream, etc), etc.
Jan 23 & 30, 2009, lunch
Hotel royal taipei is adjacent to Regent Formosa
hotel of Taipei. The buffet hall is located in the 1st floor.
No raw shell-oyster, only a few kinds of Japanese
fresh sashimi ( raw fishes),
Mutton (or lamb?) ribs and BBQ beef slices not too easy to chew.
However, it's cheaper ( NT 700, about USD 23 ) than western hotels
Aug 11, 2008. lunch
Plaza Hotel, Taipei
Howard Plaza Hotel buffet restaurant of Memorial
Hall is located in 1st floor of National Theater, Taipei, providing with
5 star food - more precisely, most of its foods are Chinese
flavour, the restaurant is smaller, but full of Chinese atmosphere (more
than many others) .
You can have 6 different kinds of dim-sums, tender shark fish, crab
and seafood - sea-cucumber ("hai-sen" 海參).
Japanese raw sliced fishes (fresh sashimi ) only offered in dinner, no shell oysters.
Dishes is not many, but price probably is the most economical (lunch
NT 450, dinner NT 490) among Taipei's same ranking restaurants.
Aug 12, 2008. lunch
||Buffet hall located -1 F (basement), Sherwood Hotel
(Taipei, Taiwan) .
late June 2006: raw oysters are put in the
glass, not in usual way: attached to the shell.
middle July 2006: roast beef without "blood", too well-done.
They have a few Taiwanese native flavor food.
Oct. 11, 2010 : Yesterday is our National birthday, at least 5 different kinds of (raw
sashimi ( salmon, sailfish/swordfish/blue marlin, etc ), 2 types of crabs, mussels, clams,
5 star hotel restaurants in Taiwan don't wash the vegetables??
for details pls. click
Night Markets !!
( Nov. 8, 2011 )
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This web-page is unbiased, non-profit!
Chinese proverb : Eating in GuangZhou (or GuangDong) ! How about
buffet in GuangZhou , or GuangDong ( including GuangZhou, Zhuhai
and ShenZhen )?
crocodile/alligator cuisines in China (Guangzhou city) , head was cut,
mouth still was tight taped...
(1) Sheraton (廣州
喜來登 Aug. 7, 2011, lunch)
price about rmb 218 per person, there're only 5 tables
customers when I was there, according to the restaurant's statement,
that's a result of newly opening, seafood bar is not bad, offering oysters
imported from New Zealand and some other kinds, raw sashimi
includes salmon imported from Norway, XiLing from Japan, etc, hot dishes are not
as many as Taipei's 5 star hotels, small steak has 3 different kinds of sauces, besides, their ice cream does not mark famous
brand. Waitress are attentive, but customers seem political......
buffet in the 3rd floor. tel : 66688888
(2) Shangri La's (廣州
香格里拉 Aug. 2011): very expensive buffet,
about rmb 288, only evening buffet offers oysters - oven baked, not
raw fresh ones, ice creams are imported from Holland. tel: 89178888
ps: TLC, an US TV program, introduced (Oct. 2011)
that Guangzhou is a great food destination, including:
Shangri-La's hotel cuisine - Summer Palace, like worms (live to cook), frogs
(taste not like chickens, just like frogs), star fish (taste like hard sands,
but it's not for eating), hairy crabs ( sweeter than anything in the US) ......
TLC also visited most famous restaurants in Guangzhou,
e.g., 金盈樓 to eat turtles (the bigger, the older, the better), 廣州酒家( most famous
restaurant in Guangzhou, providing good dim-sum & traditional candonese cuisines
), 鎮海樓 - 九毛九麵館 (in largest park, offers all kinds noodles, the noodle length can be
from home-base to 2nd base)
TLC also tried street food in the road namely, 上下九路.
(3) Hotel Landmark Canton
(華廈大酒店 ) : a 4 star hotel, is providing 1/2 price all-you-can-eat
buffet, with nearly rmb 60+ plus tax. The
highest panoramic river view Western restaurant in Guangzhou city. (Sept. 9-12, 2008 )
Buy coupon one day earlier you get 40% off price -
about RMB 102. Cold dishes include large field snail (some have sands
inside), raw sashimi, mussel, etc, hot dishes change
every day. (May & June 2010)
March 8, 9, 2011 : discount policy changed, lunch
about rmb 120, dinner about rmb 150, they served shell oysters imported from
Korea, and emerald snails (large), sashimi, ... very few
customers seen when I was there, it's the highest riverview western restaurant
Aug. 2011 : special price coupon
which should be bought one day earlier is higher than
that in March 2011.
(4) Hong Xing, the most famous seafood restaurant (also namely Dong-Jian/East River, near ZhuJiang River ) adjacent to
Hotel Landmark Canton has a popular but expensive dish, soft-shell tortoise,
about rmb 200 for each. In Shenzhen seafood street (Ler-Yuan
street, or goto beach), only rmb 50 for each, probably better to select a "People's choice" restaurant in
that street .
May 2010 : Served dishes very slowly , some
soft-shell tortoises with cheaper price.
March 2011 : tortoise price depends where it
imported from, Thailand's are cheaper - around rmb 100 (rmb 94 for one
1.6斤), served very
slowly. They also have crocodile/alligator, probably cook in different way
, ShenZhen , China
When Hilton Hotel Shenzhen raises its seafood-theme buffet price
for each Saturday, Shangri-La's Hotel cut its sea-food buffet
price for each weekend.
They offer quite cozy atmosphere,
not too many customers (maybe 20s) .
You may have small-sized oysters from Dalian city,
as well as big clam,
crab, Japanese raw-fish ( cut from big piece of tuna ), hot eel, etc
end Nov. 2006
4 star GuanDong Hotel provides with comparative
"better" all-you-can-eat buffet
in Zhuhai city ( no.1 clean-air city in China).
The Buffet hall is located in the very top floor, offering
360-direction version to view ZhuHai downtown.
In summer 2008, lunch buffet (special price rmb 78) only
offered in Sat. and Sun., dinner buffet for every evening. phone:
Their oysters (special price lunch not included) are placed on shells, Not connect to
the shell (manager said it's because they wash & clean oysters .... ). No garrantee what may happen if western people eat too many raw seafood.
May 2010 : no more cheap price,
now about rmb170 each person. Some times served better stuffs,
some other days are not so great.
ps: From 2006 till
2007, You can have around 40% price off after 7:45pm for each
day, to enjoy seafood and some Chinese food, you can have "2 come, 1 person free" price at lunch time, but
not many dishes there.
March, 2011 : about rmb140 per person
2011 : special price about rmb 100 for lunch buffet
every Saturday and Sunday, you won't see expensive evening buffet stuffs
like oysters etc. "order to cook" may wait a very long time.
Aug. 10 & 11, 2011 :
Nearly rmb 200 per person, seafood bar includes ivory mussel, salmon, tuna, octopus, abalone(small sized), kanpachi, yellowtail, roe of dace (GuangZou
Sheraton translates it as XiLing fish) etc, but please note this hotel is
not 5 star ranking status , once I called their counter but having no answer about
their oysters are imported or local, not many customers when I were
there at Aug. 10 and 11.
is most well-known 5 star hotel located in downtown center.
Aug. : Saturday evening buffet was cancelled,
you may leave your contact, so that Yindo can call you once buffet take place
again. At present Yindo only has breakfast buffet, rmb 40-50 for Yindo
customers, rmb70-80 for outsiders.
price is economical , but a little bit higher than that of 2006-2007, Yindo
phone: 0756- 8883388
◎ 2006- 2007 :
a 5 star hotel, provides good seafood buffet at each Saturday night. I
tried several times, all seafood are fresh.
Taiwan's <Apple Daily News> of Oct. 4, 2011 reported that some
chemical elements (Cu & Cd, 銅 & 鎘) inside those oysters that local people usually eat are
740 times and 90 times over normal standard since sea pollution problem in GuangDong , experts suggest it's better to eat clam's muscle only ......