Buffet restaurants at five-star hotels offering discounts


SALES INCREASE :
Top hotels expect business to pick up next month, when Quintuple Stimulus Vouchers program rolls out to boost demand

  • By Crystal Hsu / Journalist

Five-star hotels in Taipei have reopened their buffet restaurants at reduced rates to boost food sales after authorities last month gave the green light to conditional food services.

Buffet restaurants, the main driver of hotel food income, continued to be hit hard by social distancing requirements that prohibit patrons from picking up food on their own. Instead, waiters put food on customers’ plates or customers place an order and waiters deliver to their tables.

Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei (台北 遠東 國際 大 飯hotel) in Shangri-La reopened its buffet restaurant Cafe (遠東 Cafe) yesterday and adopted the old style. It also offers customers a 25 percent discount coupon to use on their next visit. Coupons are valid until next month.

Photo provided by Shangri-La Far Eastern Tainan

Latest Recipe (探索 廚房), the upscale buffet restaurant at Le Meridien Taipei (台北 寒舍 艾子 酒hotel) in Xinyi District (信義) follows the second pattern after the city authorized conditional catering on August 3.

The restaurant is looking to digest the food vouchers it sold last year by inflating their value by 20% until the end of this month.

Restaurants expect better incomes next month, when the government rolls out its Quintuple Stimulus Vouchers program to boost domestic demand.

The Taipei Garden Hotel (台北 花園 大 é…’ hotel) near the city’s Ximen MRT station reduced the fee to NT $ 599 per person from NT $ 899 for its To-Gather Kitchen (饗 聚 廚房) buffet restaurant with a plate additional free roast beef at all times meals.

Its Prime One steak house offers customers who order fixed meals a full lobster dish for NT $ 680. Customers can also use NT $ 1,000 in cash to pay NT $ 1,300 for food and wine.

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