For dinner and a view in the city, it doesn’t always have to be Taipei 101. Though not as sky high, the 38th floor from the Marco Polo Restaurant and Lounge at the Far Eastern Hotel offers nice panoramic views of Taipei.
Those who feel like splurging can’t go wrong with an Italian meal at the Marco Polo Restaurant, which has received wide ranging praise under the helm of Head Chef Marco Priolo (see page 12, of the Saturday, Sep 15, 2012, editon of the Taipei Times).
If the view is more important the meal, or if you want to see the city during the day, the adjacent Marco Polo Lounge offers an afternoon tea set from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. The set, priced at NT$880 for two persons, includes a sampling of mini-sandwiches, scones and pastries with coffee or tea. You can manage a light (but pricey) meal from the a la carte snack menu, which includes mini wagyu burgers (two sliders made with Australian wagyu beef) with potato wedges (NT$720), fried stuffed olives with pork sausage, sweet and sour pumpkin mousse and Montasio cheese (NT$560) and crispy chicken half moon ravioli with creamy mushroom sauce (NT$280).
After 6pm, the Lounge offers a choice 101 kinds of martinis at NT$340 each. The House special is the No. 101 Martini, which is made with shaken Campari, Grand Marnier, syrup and orange juice, a touch of Moët et Chandon Brut Rosé Champagne and adorned with orange peel soaked in Bacardi 151. It costs NT$1,200 and is meant to be shared with two or three persons.
The Marco Polo Restaurant and Lounge is located at Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, 38F, 201 Dunhua S Rd, Sec 2, Taipei City (遠東國際大飯店 ，台北市敦化南路二段201號).
For reservations and information, call (02) 2378-8888.