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YI SOUTH Magazine, December 2006.


--By John Matthews and Steven Crook Translated by Annie Liu

Hotel Kingdom
42, WuFu 4th Road, YenCheng District, Kaohsiung; (07) 551-8211; Fax: (07) 521-0403
10% service charge added.

One of the least expensive hotel buffets, the layout here is nevertheless impressive. From Monday to Friday enjoy their spread for NT$399/person. (Weekends are NT$499). The spread includes an appetizer table with items like vegetable rolls, salad bar, soups, scallops and delicious seafood waffles. Displayed on a long bar-style table manned by several chefs, you will find carved roasted duck, Japanese style roasted chicken, deep fried prawns, succulent slices of beef and several kinds of French style breads. On the opposite side of the dining room is a beverage table with fresh juice, coffee and tea, and a nearby dessert table with sliced fruit and a cooler of scoop-it-yourself ice cream with about half a dozen flavours to choose from. Until December 20th bring four people and the fifth person is free.

The Brasserie (The Splendor Kaohsiung)

39F,1, ZihChiang 3rd Road, LingYa District, Kaohsiung; (07) 566-8000; Fax: (07) 566-8080
Hours: Everyday 6 pm-9 pm (dinner)
10% service charge added.

One of the higher end buffets (NT$750 p/person), The Brasserie spares no effort to help you enjoy this truly inexhaustible feast. There are Chinese, Western and Japanese dishes prepared in cold-platters, steamed, boiled, stir-fried and deep fried. There is a do-it-yourself Hot Pot section and even all you can drink juice, coffee, tea, soda and beer (a choice of dark or blonde ales are available). The dessert table is also impressive with so many delicate pastries (seasonal), chocolate covered bananas and ice cream. There is also a large fresh fruit table with every kind of local fruit sliced and diced for your eating enjoyment. The seating area of The Brasserie reflects the size of the buffet at over 300 ping of space.

Harbour Restaurant (Grand Hi-Lai Hotel)

266-1, ChengGong 1st Road, Kaohsiung, 43F
(07) 213-5762
Hours: Everyday 5:30 pm-9:30 pm (dinner)
10% service charge added.

With a recently completed overhaul and renovation, the buffet here is a must-see-and-do. Although it is not as big as the buffet mentioned above, the food here is available in both quality and quantity. There is carved roast beef and duck and a large variety of Asian dishes. The dining space is quite regal and elegant, but still manages to remain casual. With a seating capacity of 300 they welcome large groups and parties. The dinner buffet is from 5:30-9:30 p.m. every night and will cost you NT$750. From now on, join the dinner buffet after 7:30 p.m. and you get 20% off the regular price.

Tasting The World Restaurant

1, Lane 336, JhongHua E. Road, Sec. 3, Tainan City (Evergreen Plaza Hotel (Tainan), 2F); (06) 289-9988 ext. 2871
Hours: 6:30 am-10 am; 11:30 am-2 pm; 5:30 pm-9:30 pm
Credit cards accepted; 10% service charge

Loved by many local families, and also a favorite with many companies for office outings, Tasting The World lives up to its name by offering dishes from almost every continent. It's a tribute to the consistency and popularity of this 225-seat buffet that little has changed since FYI South first wrote about the place in September 2005. The seafood, vegetarian and pastry sections are especially strong. Also, the excellent salad bar ensures that eating a lot doesn't have to mean you're eating unhealthily. The selection of dishes on offer in this plush, 225-seat buffet is modified about every three weeks, so you won't feel bored even if you pay regular visits. Also, there are occasional special promotions -- the most recent one featured Japanese foods. Breakfast is NT$380 per adult; lunch is NT$550 on weekdays and NT$650 on weekends; dinner is NT$650 every day of the week.

The Market Place

660, SiMen Road, Sec. 1, Tainan City (B1, Tayih Landis Hotel); (06) 289-9988 ext. 2871
Hours: 6:30 am-10 am; 12 midday-2 pm; 6 pm-9 pm (until 9:30 pm on Fridays)
Credit cards accepted; 10% service charge

The buffet at the five-star Tayih Landis offers more than 100 different dishes, with Japanese cuisine being notably popular. The seafood section is quite special -- not only can you choose how you want your fish prepared (grilled, steamed, or turned into a soup), but you can pick your own fish from the ones laid out on the ice before you. New dishes are often added to the selection; the most recent ones share a Canadian theme, and include rabbit, frog and cod. There are healthy soups rich in Chinese herbs and ginseng. But if sugar and calories aren't a concern, head for the desserts. In addition to the usual cakes and fruit, there's hot chocolate sauce (pour it over a bowlful of candies). Instead of Haagen-Dazs, the freezer is full of a premium ice cream brand from Russia. Dim sum, Vietnamese options and other Asian dishes round out the buffet. At the Market Place, breakfast is NT$480, weekday lunch is NT$580. Dinner and weekend meals are NT$680. For every NT$500 customers spend, they get one hour of free parking.

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