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   Taiwan / 5 star buffet        brief of The Liberty Times (自由時報), 7-15-2016, 7-16-2016, 7-17-2016

W Hotel / Taipei

 Le Meridien
 / Taipei

(君悅)  / Taipei

Westin  / Taipei

Shangri La's Far Eastern
 / Taipei

4F   / Taipei

1F   / Taipei
(漢來海港)Grand Hi-Lai   / Taipei

Regent   / Taipei

(漢來海港)Grand Hi-Lai  / Kaohsiung (漢來海港)Grand Hi-Lai  / Taichung (國賓)Ambassador Hotel / Kaohsiung (饗食天堂) EatTogether / 台中店 Sheraton    / Taipei   (欣葉) Shin Yeh / Taipei
oven roast pib-rib tender, various countries flavors for more choices,  but, pork chops in Chinese medicine soup(藥燉排骨) tasted not tender & juicy;
part of seafood open for freely taking ; cakes limited
Emperor crab、mussels(貽貝)、stone-crabs(石蟳)high class and fresh, lots of Sashimi raw fish slices served , various and fresh seafood in mini-bar refrigerator, but  3-Spot-swimming-Crab (三點蟹) not fresh;
various-items and fine quality desserts
roast duck、oil-chicken(油雞)、roast beef steak and roast mutton are high quality ;
Sashimi raw fish slices、white shrimps(白蝦)、whelk meat  (香螺) are fresh ; crabs not too fresh  ; desserts are 5 star ranking
 special made roast Ribeye Steak(乾式熟成肋眼牛排)smells great;
frozen Boston lobster tasted bit too soft after being defrosted, more than 50 hot dishes tasted great, lots of  drinking options
India curry flavor is great, various meats , HaiNan chicken  tender, India spicy meat overdone, fresh appetizer ,  high class vegetables shrimp, scallop(扇貝) fresh, advice starting from seafood;
Grilled pork ribs(炭烤豬肋排)、ham(火腿) tender;
traditional style desserts
meat is not upto 5 star ranking, roast duck not tender;
Haagen-Dazs ice cream without clear marks ;
white shrimps, (旭蟹)Spanner Crabs are fresh, 3 Spot swimming Crab (三點蟹) not fresh,large shrimps, middle-sized Inshore squids(中捲) good flavor(海味足),fish soup taste good
flagship food is various seafood:
4 kinds of fresh crabs,
Assorted Sashimi(綜合生魚片)、smoked shark(鯊魚煙)、meat roll with green onion (三星蔥肉捲)、roast pork rib with plum sauce(蘇梅醬燒豬肋排) are good
angle red shrimps、epicure beef steak, Grilled pork ribs(炭烤豬肋排)、freshly-made Frei(現烤布蕾)、brown-sugar bee-nested cake(黑糖蜂巢蛋糕) good;
Sashimi fresh, 3 kinds of crabs
flagship food is seafood:
Spanner CrabMangrove crab(旭蟹), Mud crab  (紅蟳),lots ice at the bottom to keep them fresh;
Hong Kong style pot boilcookcrab with XO sauce(港式XO蟹煲)、grilled Ayu(烤香魚)taste good; grilled beef suppose US Prime ramk, various desserts for selection
8~10 different kinds of Sashimi raw fish slices,seafood are various kinds and fresh,cold dishes and hot dishes both are excellent;
30+ different kinds of desserts
beef ribs(牛小排) great,,bratwurst sausage(德式香腸)smells good ;

various cooking styles of seafood cuisine (料理手法多元), particularly
Pan-fried Sea Bass fillet(鐵板煎鱸魚排);
many items and high quality desserts
 a lot fresh and  different items of cold plate seafood Emperor crabs fresh ,short-necked clam(熱炒海瓜子)no good;
pan fried chicken、oven roast beef(爐烤牛肉)、india flavor curry clay oven rolls(印度咖哩燒餅)、 Vietnamese noodle soup usually served with beef (pho bo) or chicken (pho ga 越南河粉) Good;
most of cold-plate meats are  Semifinished products;
desserts less items and bit too sweet
Sashimi raw fish slices fresh ; not enough meats on the bar, but the balance of rare and well done  is controlled in right place ;

desserts are not open for freely taking (須服務人員協取)

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  details pls. ref to The Liberty Times 7-15-2016, 7-16-2016, 7-17-2016



  northern Taiwan 5 star restaurants       brief of the China times (中國時報) 11-7-2015

W Hotel

 Le Meridien




Shangri La's Far Eastern


大倉久和 (漢來海港)Grand Hi-Lai


hotel royal taipei  (老爺)

(國賓)Ambassador Hotel Sheraton
India roast & broiled(燒烤),pizza by firewood oven, roast/broiled seafood must eat, and a good view Emperor crab, steak must eat, don't miss freshly-made Frei(芙蕾)! 160+ classic dishes, Indian flavored cuisines, free Evian water,

Laksa noodle must eat (叨沙麵)

freshly roast BBQ, boundless fine food 21days special made roast Ribeye Steak(21天乾式熟成肋眼牛排)、India cuisines various countries cuisines,

roast Ribeye Steak imported from USA (肋眼牛排)must eat

freshly roast/broiled mutton shoulder rack (frenched現煎羊肩排) angle red shrimps with raw fish ranking, the only French-Japan mixed buffet in Taipei various seafoods, roast beef oven imported from Australia, TaiNan instant hot-water burned beef soup, burnt caramel Brandy grape-fruits must eat fresh fishes daily sent from TaiTung harbor(成功漁港)... roast Ribeye Steak, Hawaii cake(夏威夷州果仁蛋糕) imported roast equipment cost NT3 million, don't miss its freshly- made pizza burned Japanese nigiri sushi (炙烤握壽司), oven roast rib from USA, Sichuan flavored in 3 styles(川味水煮三樣), French disserts must eat oven roast beef,  holidays offer emperor crab feet
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other good buffets & contacts : 圓山飯店28868888, 欣葉日本料理27663666,美麗信花園77028805, 神旺27722687, 寒舍樂廚66191888, 花園酒店23146611, details pls ref to China Times 11-7-2015

ps1: Hotels estimated 20% foods taken by customers on plates will be thrown away, buffets in Taipei wasted about NTD 16 billions per year.
ps2: after having hot-pot buffet, you need walk up and down stairs in Taipei 101 tower 8 times to get rid of the high heat (Kcal) getting from foods.


Apple Daily (1-18-2017): " Taiwanese love all-you-can-eat buffet best !".    Apple Daily (10-31-2015): Euro. style all you can eat buffet turned into "Cash Cow".

United Daily (4-24-2016): according to National CK university (成功大學) study and experts advice, avoid eating large-sized fishes, or at most once per week, 6 slices each time, as for fishes with length less than 30 cm are health food.  Top 4 foods with risk of dioxin exposure are (1) seafood/fishes, (2) other protein foods,  (3) domestic animal/farm livestock, (4) Grain products/Starchy Foods, which account for up to 80 percent of the dioxin exposure risky foods in Taiwan. (國人暴露戴奧辛最多食物前四名為(1)魚、水產為最大宗(2)其他蛋白質類(3)家畜(4)五穀根莖)

  "Taiwanese people love buffet !!"      reported  by Apple Daily (蘋果日報)10-16-2015, United Daily News (聯合報)10-17-2015 


Ambassador Hotel 國賓飯店明園

Hyatt Hotel 君悅凱菲屋

Regent Formosa 晶華柏麗廳

大倉久和. 歐風館

Mon.~Fri. lunch : NT980, Mon.~Thr. dinner: NT1120,
others: NT1280

one price for all: NT1480

weekdays lunch: NT990, others: NT1290

Before end of Nov. in "蟳找好時光" promotion event, group consumers get 15%-10% off  Mon.~Thr.


314 down to 280



intro. fresh seafood directly from Kee-lung harbor, each customer gets one abalones dish. 168 cuisines each day, focus on high-end dishes, a number of Japanese and India cuisines are cook for immediate order,  Iberico red-pepper sausage be cut upon request, Truffle stewed rice, India roast chicken are popular dishes, besides, French Evian for free. 6 m (六公尺)long table for sukiyaki / hot-plate meats(鐵板燒臺), foods are kept warm by volcano stones,  newly establish "star" delicacies area and currently invite Regent Beverly executive-chef for showing up. Irish crabs (麵包蟹), Taiwan's crabs (沙公沙母) , shrimps (天使紅蝦甜蝦)

 Cheaper buffet restaurants are everywhere too, but "Eastern Broadcasting Co., Ltd.,EBC (東森) TV" evening news (11-30-2015, 8:42pm): having those fake / restructured / glued meat (beef, pork, mutton, seafood: abalone, calamari, etc) is easy to get food poisoning.
Poisonous black-heart food/cuisine in Taiwan for 20-30 years already ...  (Oct. 2014)


  Must eat in Taiwan's 5 star buffet restaurants            ref. to The China Times, 12-6-2014 (中國時報)

(寒舍艾美酒店, France)
 Le Meridien



Shangri La's Far Eastern




hotel royal taipei 


Emperor crab, steak must eat, don't forget 現烤芙蕾! 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) mutton chop angle red shrimps with raw fish ranking, the only French-Japan mixed buffet in Taipei various seafood,(麻油安康魚), salad steak,  Hawaii cake(夏威夷州果仁蛋糕) imported roast equipment cost NT3 million, don't miss its pizza
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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.


◆  Apple Daily (蘋果日報) 9-6-2015 : experts advised taking no more than 3 slices of raw fishes per week in Taiwan's restaurants. 

Most expensive food in "all you can eat" buffet restaurants:  raw oysters & raw fishes, steak, top brand ice-cream


Grand Hyatt Taipei (君悅)


Shangri La's Far Eastern(遠東)

Sheraton (喜來登)
sashimi raw fishes (sliced),


serves raw oysters (with shell).

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 shell).

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,  etc.

No raw oysters - out of service since Sept./Oct. 2013.

4 kinds sashimi raw fishes:  salmon, tuna, tilapia(or porgy's fish), sailfish(旗魚)。

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, whole chicken,
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 of sorbets). Haagen-Dazs ice cream : 8 kinds
test date Jan. 28, 2013 Jan. 30, 2013 Jan. 22, 2013 Jan. 31, 2013
details pls see below :

Most 5 star hotels restaurants don't wash vegetables? ....  for details pls. click  Taiwan restaurants  or  Taiwan Night Markets

  Sheraton Taipei (喜來登) 's shrimps contain bleach (sulfur dioxide) exceeding 4 times over the legal limit, crabs' Cadmium exceeding 14% over the legal limit...  Apple Daily 6-7-2016
Sheraton Taipei (喜來登) was complained to be illegal and rough on its employee.  Apple Daily (10-13-2015) Prime News : Sheraton's executive house-keeper was asked to make fake punch-time-card (must 8.5 hrs per day as usual), and 24 hours stand-by awaiting orders -  but not get any overtime pay ( 5 days' overtime only count 8 hours, which for comp. time - time off in lieu, not for money) Sheraton responded that no any employee was asked to do fake punch-time-card, stand-by overtime pay will be calculated in monthly salary.   Selected sample Taiwanese don't believe Sheraton,  laborers group (勞工陣線) leader thinks Sheraton was illegal obviously (明顯違法),  Laborer gov. officials will investigate this case...  for details pls. read related news.

   Poisonous black-heart food/cuisine in Taiwan for 20-30 years already ...  (Oct. 2014)

 ◆  Apple Daily (蘋果日報) Nov-3-2015 prime news : <Tactics to eat buffet> / 1. only eat dissert 5 hours before buffet time 2.  sour-sweet flavour cold-plate first 3. then half bowl of hot soup   4.  start main course from seafood - easy to digest  5. then have meat - not easy to digest   6.  no cakes - easy to feel full  7.  choose expensive fruits, like kiwit, pineapple, 火龍果  8. no bread, fried-noodle, etc 9. no soda - easy to feel full

      Sheraton   Taipei (Taiwan)  

★  11-30-2017, lunch: hot stir onion-egg-crabs are not very salty today.    Sheraton only said the steamed fish is deep-sea fish,  so I have no idea what name it is.

★  11-28-2017, lunch:  Hot dishes' spicy crabs out, very salty crabs (too much salts added) in,  I can't have more than 4 pieces, really too salty for me,  cost factor ?  But Southern American crabs in seafood bar are OK,  cold but cooked.

★  11-20-2017, lunch     spicy crabs taste good, in this cold weather.    roast beef still not very good.

★  11-10-2017, lunch
Major focus of buffet usually :
  (1) roast US beef -  not very tender、even not easy to chew (based on those slices I had) , not a 5-star level steak;(now Westin and Formosa Regent serve Japanese top class beef, don't know good or not yet?)
  (2) sashimi (raw fishes) slices: -  Salmon(鲑), Swordfish, Tuna(鮪),  Herring(黃金魚),shark(鯊), all are deep sea fishes, need to be careful (Apple Daily 11-3-2017: Pregnant women follow official upper-limit
to eat deep-sea fishes - 35g/wk, kids under age 6 avoid eating;  TVBS 11-2-2017: Try avoid eating Tuna鮪魚、Swordfish旗魚、Shark鯊魚、Oil fish油魚 or eat as few as possible  ), "smoked" shark is processed food, not fresh ones, Cobia(海攦) is low inshore waters to deep sea, I feel it tastes worse than 紅坩 fish (looks similar);ps: Herring size 38-46cm, Cobia 33-38 inches.
  (3) dessert -  you can not take major ones by yourself ,however, if you order more than 4 pieces, the 'chef' may say "Thanks" before you ask the 5th.  8 kinds of Haagen-Dazs sorbet and icecream good, but one of them is too frozen, probably not easy to take.

★  11-8-2017, lunch
sashimi (raw fishes) slices: about 4 kinds, not served Southern American crabs. those slices of roast US beef I ate are 'tough' for me.

★  11-6-2017, lunch
Seafood bar : Japanese sashimi (raw fishes) slices include about 7 kinds - Cobia(海攦), Herring(黃金魚), Snapper(鯛), Salmon, Swordfish, Tuna, shark ( not fresh ones, are processed food or smoked-food); crabs include 3 spotted crabs(3 點 蟹) and Southern American crabs; White shrimps.   Hot dishes include roast US beef (one  OK, another 'tough'), I like steamed fish  ( but they may change it to Balsa if "out of stock" ) .  Sorbets are good.  Waitress did tableware recycling not quickly, and not quiet - it is noisy.   
boiled mushroom-chicken soup good, but different bowls served early and late seem taste bit different ?

★  10-11-2017, lunch
About half number of seats are empty, economic factor ?

★  9-27-2017, 10-2-2017, 10-5-2017, lunch
Care-giver sitting together with aged 94 old lady to help her having meal is not allowed in Sheraton, unless paying some drink for the seat - this is different from other 5-star buffet restaurants I have been ... besides, the accounting once forgot discount for my infinite card, seems lacking of trainings ...

★  Dec. 14, 2016, lunch
      Compared with food in Nov., roast US beef is improved some,  and more different raw- fish slices - totally 5~6 kinds : Cobia, Tuna, Swordfish, Salmon, Snapper. 

 Nov. 22, 2016, lunch
Steak (roast beef) still is not juicy and tender enough for me,  cold seafood e.g., scallop(扇貝) are served unlimitedly, but using tongs to take Japanese sashimi (raw fishes) slices is not allowed, you need to use chopsticks - hence, not too many slices for each taking.

 Nov. 2,
2016, lunch
Steak (roast beef) is too tough for me.  The number of customers is decreased compared to before.   Waiter's service is extremely good, I'm not so sure if it's because my guest - an American relative who's son own a law firm in Cal.

 May 21, 2015, lunch
I feel their service manner no good to me.   (ps: fried vegetables with shrimp sauce in Thai restaurant is hard to chew, for me, DinTaiFung's is much better, however, DinTaiFung admitted using MSG for a certain time - news May 9, 2012, I learnt lots of Westerners don't like MSG.  )

 Dec. 26, 2014, lunch
Still no raw oysters, others about same as before.

 Oct. 30, 2013,  lunch
Seafood bar stop serving raw oysters since Sept., Oct. 2013 till present.

 Jan. 31, 2013,  lunch
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: Germany sausage).
(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 seafood.

 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 imported oysters).
(3) Roast beef OK.

 3/ 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 fat), etc.
(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 dumpling, etc.
(7) Vietnamese soft noodle with beef very good.
(8) Ice cream refrigerator same as before.

 12/ 28/ 2011,  dinner

The restaurant is quite full.   Raw oysters are smaller than last time's.

 12/ 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 for compensation.

 11/ 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.

 Nov. 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.

 Sept. 9, 2011, lunch

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.

 Sept. 5, 2011, lunch

◎ The number of Mandarin hot cuisines is not too many.

◎ 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: 4 kinds, 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.

ps:  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) "single persons".

June 20 , 2011, lunch
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, lunch

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

Quick waitress 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 ,  Taipei  

US president Bill Clinton stayed here (also known as "Far eastern plaza Hotel" ) 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.

Nov. 1, 2017, lunch

hot fry little crabs are very salty for me, I can't have more than one piece, I don't know why ?? I can't find hot stir fry vegetables in here.  roast beef is OK.   Hot dish fishes include Sole and 鱸魚.    Most tea packs are from china, few from Singapore.

Nov. 24, 2016, lunch
Steak (roast beef) is juicy and tender enough for me,  some cold seafood e.g., scallop(扇貝) are not served unlimitedly, it may be "out of stock", compared to Sheraton,  Shangri-La's allows you to use tongs to take Japanese sashimi (raw fishes) slices, not chopsticks only.

Sept 12, 2015, lunch
Seafood bar cold dishes : 3 kinds of 曼波魚腸、shrimps, etc and Japanese sashimi (raw fishes) slices

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 dishes.
(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 (details see below).  Westin 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 restaurants.
(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 lettuces (雲貴菜).

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.   Scallop clams (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,  lunch
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, 2011 lunch
similar food as before.

July 29, 2011 lunch
Something new in seafood bar : knife clam,  Xi Shi clam(西施貝),  not bad.
tender : roast beef and Korean style wok-fire beef slice with Korean pickle-vegetable (泡菜).

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 rare.

Mar. 6, 2011 Sunday lunch
 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 crowded  customers.

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 attached, 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 sashimi 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 fine.

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 well.

steak OK,  some Chinese-style roast duck not juicy -  hard to swallow for me.

Aug. 9, 2010 lunch
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.

Sept. 23, 2010 lunch
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)

Oct. 21, 2010 lunch
2 types of raw fish sashimi -  salmon and sailfish/swordfish/
blue marlin, 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 medical studies -

◎ Apple Daily, UDN , Nov. 2, 2017:  Large fishes in deep sea like Tuna, Swordfish, Shark, Oil fish(Escolar) etc  have too many methyl mercury (CH3)2Hg, may cause heavy metal poisoning.   Try not eating too many.(less than 35g per week)

◎ 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 materials    Methyl Mercury (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 respectively.
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 suggests:
(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% full.
(3)Best to worst - 5 star buffet, afternoon tea buffet, hot pot buffet,  roast meat buffet,  pizza buffet, American style fry chickens buffet, etc
(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 eveywhere.

◎ <Apple Daily>, Jan. 31, 2013:
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 cases. 

5 star restaurants suppose do better clean work than ordinary restaurants do.

◎ 'poisonous' materials /ingredients were found in many restaurants, night markets in Taiwan... click for details

★ 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.

How to avoid bigger gastric capacity

take one's time in eating,  chew carefully and swallow slowly, and not have too much food to control your calorie
after buffet meal,  have a sugar-free green tea, or black coffee, and take a walk for 30 minutes.
if u already got a big gastric capacity, u should eat less food, try having more tofu and 蒟蒻etc.
in serious situation (meal control fails), advice surgery operation
source: 醫師劉伯恩、祝年豐、營養師劉怡里



       Le Meridien,   Taipei  (寒舍艾美酒店)  

Nov. 28, 2016, dinner
      Roast beef is tender, 5 kinds of raw fish slices, But.... I personally prefer Hyatt, Sheraton or Shangri-La's or ...  in spite of that Sheraton or Shangri-La's services in my view were worse than Le Meridien.

Nov. 22, 2013, lunch

(1) serves King crab's feet upon request ―   not many customers on the queue.
There's another crab - steamed crabs on the counter, you can take as many as you like.
3 kinds of Japanese style raw fish slices.    Besides, scallops, bamboo clams, and mussels are on the bar.

Oct. , 2013, lunch

(1) serves King crab's feet, "early birds" won't on the line probably. (In Oct., customers are crowded in this restaurant )
4 kinds of Japanese style raw fish slices.
(3) Haagen-Dazs : 4 kinds,  Movenpick ice cream: 5 kinds.
(4) Roast beef。
(5) lots desserts/cakes in counter .




         Hyatt   Taipei ,  Taiwan   t                         





Sept. 10, 2013  lunch buffet

Seafood bar and other major cuisine (roast beef, marinated lamb chop) ice cream are about same as before.

March 26, 2013  lunch buffet

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 PonHoo islands.
(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 buffet

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 steam shrimp (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 buffet

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 not bad.

Jan. 28, 2013, lunch buffet

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 of vegetables.
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 buffet

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 as Sheraton's).
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 buffet

(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 buffet

(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 24, 2008  

(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 smells.
    <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 from  "updated news, Cafe room", Chinese edition only) to have about 1/2 or 2/3 price buffet.





      Westin Hotel,   Taipei   

Nov. 3, 2017,  afternoon tea buffet

     about NT1000, not many customers.  waitress served quickly.  Seafood bar has 5 kinds of sashimi raw fishes: salmon (sort of "wild"), Halfbeak(水針魚), Komochi Nishin (黃金鯡), Swordfish and Squid tube with Abalone  extraction (namely貴妃鮑, but it is not fresh one).   Roast beef (rib eye) and salmon.   Westin made ice cream and sorbet - not as rich as those of Haagen-Dazs, but good thing is not too sweet.   Waitress did tableware recycling is quite quick, and quiet.  

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, octopus, etc
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 kinds.

April 30, 2012 , lunch

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 food.
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 salty.
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 , lunch

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 in:

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 marlin/swordfish, etc 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 shrimps, etc

(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 taste.

(4) Decoration is gorgeous, but some tables are bad surfaced.

(5) Some waitress served very quick, but some has done bad service to customers.    

March 3, 2011 lunch buffet


     Ambassador Hotel   ,  Taipei  

 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 served.
  Hot dishes includes ox tails, German pig feet, in tea time buffet, ox tails, steak (roast beef) are not served.

 March 28,  2012,  lunch:
    (1)  sashimi skipjack 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 ham.

    (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 hot.
      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 types , Haagen-Dazs: 4), berry sorbet is bit hard to dig...
    fresh sashimi ―  raw fishes salmon, tuna, and 鰹魚 ...... all came from local.
    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 ...  


       Miramar 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 Shangri-La's.
utton shank, bamboo clam with pumpkin not bad.   About 4 kinds of Japanese style sashimi. 
Ice cream is not same level as Haagen-Dazs etc those western 5 star hotels' stuffs.

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 HappyGo website).

(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, Shangri-La'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  city  (Taiwan)  

(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 came in.

(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


       EverGreen 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  city  (Taiwan)  

Feb. 28, 2011(NT720); March 1, 2011(weekday price NT600), lunch buffet

(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).


        Hotel Kingdom,  Kaohsiung city, Taiwan  

Breakfast buffet serves very ordinary stuffs,  evening buffet just OK, not many customers.   March 2, 2011


  Shangri-La's Hyatt Regent Formosa Sheraton The Westin
Roast Beef













large shell raw oyster(imported frmUSA)
ps: not available since summer 2009 and not in 2010, 2011

raw shell oyster(USA);
too salty(Mar.,2011)

crab etc

crab, etc
ps: samall-sized live oysters (Taiwan's) served in 2010, 2011

shrimp, etc

Ice cream



Haagen Dazs Haagen Dazs, Movenpick Tuffi Frutti (Italia)

India cuisines

duck, Virginia ham

British pork BBQ rib mutton/lamb better desserts

(data: The China Times, April 11, 2009, and add updated info by this site

According to TVBS (July 2009), there're 10000+ buffet restaurants in Taiwan, here're the best ones.

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       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 business.

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.





       Leofoo Hotel,   Taipei   

★ 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 dim-sum, etc

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 slowly.

  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. (7.24.2008)

   <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 image.





   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 namely, 香格里拉台北&台南、六福皇宮、六福客棧、關西&墾丁六福莊、高雄金典、W、故宮晶華。

       Howard  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   

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), without salmon.

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 like Hyatt.

Aug 11, 2008.   lunch




       Howard  Plaza  Hotel,    Taipei  (National Theater)  

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





     Sherwood   ,  Taipei  




5star 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 fishes) sashimi ( salmon, sailfish/swordfish/blue marlin, etc ), 2 types of crabs, mussels, clams, etc




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★★★★  China (communist Chn.)  ★★★★★
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) 
 crocodile/alligator cuisines in China (Guangzhou city) , head was cut, mouth still was tight taped...


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(1)   Sheraton  (廣州 喜來登 Aug. 7, 2011, lunch)  buffet 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......

         Italian 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 in GuangZhou.

     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 from Florida's.


     Shangri-La's   , ShenZhen ,   China     s  


  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


       ZhuHai ,   China   z  


 GuangDong Hotel  (粵海酒店)


  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: 0756-8888128.

   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    

    July 30, 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.


   Yindo (銀都酒店)  is most well-known 5 star hotel located in downtown center.

       2011 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.

      ◎  2008:   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.


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