Five-star hotel buffet restaurants offering discounts

Top hotels expect business to pick up next month when the Quintuple Stimulus Vouchers program rolls out to boost demand

  • By Crystal Hsu / Staff Reporter

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

Buffet restaurants, the main driver of hotel food revenue, continued to be hit hard by social distancing requirements that prohibit guests from self-procuring food at will. Instead, servers put food on customers’ plates or customers place an order and servers deliver to their table.

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

Photo courtesy of Shangri-La Far Eastern Tainan

Last Recipe (探索廚房), the upscale buffet restaurant at Le Méridien Taipei (台北寒舍艾美酒店) in Xinyi District (信義) is following the second model after the city allowed conditional dining on Aug. 3.

The restaurant is looking to digest the dining coupons it sold last year by inflating their value by 20% through the end of this month.

Restaurants expect better earnings next month when the government launches its Quintuple Stimulus Vouchers program to boost domestic demand.

The Taipei Garden Hotel (台北花園大酒店) near the city’s MRT Ximen station has reduced fees to NT$599 per person from NT$899 for its To-Gather Kitchen (饗聚廚房) buffet restaurant with a plate Complimentary additional roast beef at all meal times.

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

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