Seasons Restaurant goes Greek for the summer season
By Douglas Habecker
Translated by Angel Pu
298, ChenGong W Rd, B2 Wuri District (Freshfields Resort); (04) 2382-9888, ext. 7867
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm, 6-9:30 pm (two 5-7 pm and 7:30-9:30 pm dinner times weekends/holidays)
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge. Free parking lot. Reservations recommended.
The first time I enjoyed the buffet at Freshfields Resort's Seasons Restaurant, I was over half-way through my meal before I stumbled across another room containing over half of the food counters, such was the size of this place. Evidently I wasn't the only one with this difficulty, as I later noticed that the paper tablemats are printed with maps of the restaurant's various sections.
Overlooking central Taichung from the southwest atop Dadu Mountain, Freshfields is a popular, five-star hot springs escape for residents and visitors alike. What some folks may not know, though, is that it is also home to number of excellent restaurants. This includes Seasons, which truly distinguishes itself in a city full of buffet options with its high-quality food options, its seasonal international cuisine specials and, as just noted, its size. Despite all this, there is yet one more truly attractive attribute--its regular special that allows two diners to eat for the price of one. In other words, the NT$630 (plus 10%) weekday lunch buffet price gets you AND a companion a very filling repast for a net price of NT$378 per person. Dinner and weekend lunches are NT$730 which, again, means a net price of NT$438 per person with this deal.
There's no better time to visit than now, as Seasons just launched its Greek Food Festival, which will continue to Aug. 15. Coming on the heels of earlier Norwegian and Irish food fests, this festival highlights a number of Greek and Mediterranean buffet selections designed by Freshfields Executive Chef Angus Pai, starting with one of Greece's best-known dishes, Mousaka--a savory baked dish of beef, cheese, tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant. There's also the tender Greek Souvlaki Pork Ribs, prepared with a tasty blend of lemon, olive oil and various herbs. No Greek spread would be complete without the Greek Salad, featuring the usual fresh, zesty mix of diced cucumbers, tomatoes and other veggies with little squares of white feta cheese. Other items include Zucchini Quiche, Milano-Style Fillet of Fish with Genova Sauce, and the Fiorentina Alla steak, with its magnificent, pink slices of sirloin perfection.
Once again, it's important to note that this impressive selection is just the tip of the iceberg at this buffet, which features well over 40 food selections spread across three rooms. Besides many hot dishes, there are salad, Japanese, seafood, BBQ, vegetarian, soup, dessert (including several ice cream freezers) and drink sections. Of note is a huge buffet area that resembles a Viking longboat.
Despite its 368-seat size, the restaurant is also spread out enough to allow a measure of coziness in its various areas, with lots of natural light coming in via ceiling skylights and a long glass corridor looking out onto an outside garden. The mood becomes more romantic at night, when Freshfields' great location offers amazing views of the city. All this makes the resort a great dining destination or, better yet, an unrivalled place to enjoy a hot springs soak and nice meal.