I was in the Palais de Chine hotel restaurant for different reasons for breakfast and diner. Unfortunately i couldn’t take pictures of the breakfast, but i managed to get some for the diner.
The breakfast is nice, the quality is a way better than in the Meridien, the pastries are nice, and you have a large choice. You also have cheese and bread (the bread isn’t good, but well, pretty ok when compared to Taiwanese bakeries), salads, toast, yogourt, jam, French toast, homemade omelette, pancakes and French toasts. I also really like the fact that you have real honey, with honeycomb. The choice of juices is also quite wide, with passion fruit and mango juice and they have a real expresso (that is really nice).
For the american buffet, you have sausage, potatoes
I can only complain about the fruits, which are quite rare on the buffet compared to some other breakfast buffet, but they are fresh, so…
You also have a lot of Japanese products, but i guess it is because the hotel’s customers are often Japanese (i hardly saw any foreigner). So you have miso soup,fish, and of course the Taiwanese breakfast mantou, congee, mushrooms, cabbage, shaobing, youtiao, chaozi…
So in the end, for westerners, you have a little bit less choice than in the Meridien, but the quality is better.
Now diner. La rotisserie is a semi-buffet. You have a salad bar, the soup of the day, your meat, and a dessert buffet.
The salad bar is really huge: crab, claw,shrimps, squid, salads,big tomatoes (I miss real tomatoes here, they mainly only have small ones), ham they cut for you, sushi, sashimi, maki they also prepare in front of you (but they’re not that good), bread with dried apricots, bread, springrolls.
An advice: ask for the “Bayonne ham” to be cut in thin slices, otherwise they give you a slice that is a way too thick to eat.
The soup of the day was with tomatoes, basilica, shell, and i would say a brew including squid. Nice and helpful to digest before the main dish.
My father and i chose an Australian Rib-eye of 6oz. All the meat are 6oz which is already quite a lot i think. They served if with blanch tomatoes, yellow and green zucchinis and sautéed potatoes (awww i missed it so much) with only salt and pepper, but that’s the best way to cook it. You can ask for a sauce, but we all only asked for mustard. We asked for rear meat, and it was nicely done too. The meat was really tender and yummy. However it was really warm, nearly cold, a little hotter would have been better.
Desserts now. A wide choice too: chocolate fondue, cheese, fresh fruits, movenpick ice-cream (but they sadly they didn’t have coffee), candies, yogourt, fruitpaste, donought lollipop without cream (in the morning they have cream inside), pistacchio and chocolate financier, and other small pieces. The cakes are beautiful but not that good actually. I also learned that i definetly don’t like cheesecakes, and since a lot of their desserts are cheesecakes, it may be a reason too of why i’m not that into their dessert. I didn’t finish most of them because of lack in taste. Again, like the majority of the Taiwanese dessert, the look is better than the taste. I recommand the pistacchio desserts, the peer-chocolate with alchool, the ice-creams, fruitpastes and chocolate fondue.
Also the staff is nice, you have musicians playing in the back, but the service a way too long if you don’t eat 4 plate of salad buffet like the Taiwanese we saw. Another nice stuff is the Lagiole knife, which is really convinient to cut your meat.
It’s a nice restaurant for the price (depending your meat but around 2000TWD without tax per person), since you can eat a much as you want and the meat is really good.
Palais de Chine 6Fl
3, Chengde Rd Sec 1
MRT: Taipei Main Station