Taipei’s hotels, restaurants and bars are offering a smorgasbord of goodies to woo prospective holiday crowds. Whether your Christmas list includes a takeout turkey or a multi-course repast in a posh setting, be sure to plan your festivities ahead of time. Read on for a comprehensive rundown of what is available in the city.
The Sheraton Hotel Taipei is embracing the holiday spirit with a donation campaign and charity sale for the Children Charity Association (中華民國兒童慈善協會), an organization that promotes children’s welfare. The Deli on the hotel’s first floor will donate 10 percent of its takings for all of this month to the association. Antoine, the hotel’s French restaurant, is also getting into a festive mood by devising not one but three set menus (priced between NT$3,200 and NT$4,200) featuring specialties such as foie gras and raw oysters. Pizza Pub will serve up a selection of Italian dishes such as beef tenderloin with foie gras Barolo lentil sauce (NT$2,000). 12, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路一段12號), tel: (02) 2321-1818.
The Grand Hyatt Taipei also plans to spread the cheer. The hotel will team up with the Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders (罕見疾病基金會) to organize a Christmas charity for patients in need. Apart from the benevolent mood, all of the hotel’s restaurants have created Christmas-themed menus. Bel Air will offer a five-course turkey or beef dinner set (NT$3,500) with exciting starters such as glazed monkfish medallions with green peas and black truffle foam. Ziga Zaga presents an Italian banquet with entree choices of roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing or pan fried codfish with lobster risotto (set menu NT$2,800). 2 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路2號), tel: (02) 2720-1200 X3198 or X3199.
The Taipei Philharmonic Youth & Children’s Choir (台北愛樂兒童合唱團) will be joined by no other than Santa Claus to spread joy on Christmas Eve at the recently opened Le Meridien Taipei, while the Christmas dinner buffet (NT$1,880) at the Latest Recipe on the first floor places culinary emphasis on sashimi, pizzas, Japanese and French cooking as well as a variety of seafood and desserts. 38 Songren Rd, Taipei City (台北市松仁路38號), tel: (02) 6622-8000.
Across town, Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei is presenting a myriad of selections at its restaurants. Italian chef Antonio Tardi at Marco Polo on the hotel’s 38th floor has crafted a seven-course spread for two (NT$7,600) on Christmas Eve that will include pan-seared wild scallops with parmesan cheese, ink squid chitarrina sauteed with spider crab and sea urchin, and natural beef rib eye served with candy lobster. The restaurant is also offering a budget afternoon-tea buffet (NT$590) from 2:30pm to 5:30pm until Dec. 30. 201, Dunhua S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路二段201號), tel: (02) 2376-3156.
Li Bai Lounge will offer a NT$1,000 set menu and live jazz music. Tel: (02) 2378-8888 X5893. For a Japanese-themed Christmas spread, ibuki on the seventh floor will serve up a dinner set (NT$3,200) featuring sliced duck breast and soba noodles, sashimi salad with homemade vinegar dressing and teppanyaki black cod. Telephone: (02) 2376-3241.
At the Sherwood Taipei, Toscana aims to pamper well-heeled patrons with a sumptuous Christmas feast (NT$12,999 for two) using premium ingredients such as smoked salmon from Switzerland and crab from Hokkaido. Christmas Eve dinner includes a complimentary bottle of champagne and a Swarovski’s brooch. 111, Minsheng E Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市民生東路三段111號), tel: (02) 2718-1188 X3001.