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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Special occasions like Christmas and New Year's Eve put everyone in the mood for entertaining and revelry. Love ties and friendship bonds are renewed over sumptuous dinners at this time of the year. A willingness to spend for a memorable upscale experience, perhaps complete with a live show, still means having to look around on the range of possibilities. Now is the time to start planning and deciding where to go.
Hotels and restaurants with experienced chefs take months to create special menus to delight guests with all kinds of palate preferences. Ingredients are ordered early enough and imported in time for the holiday celebrations.
Even the elegant hotel settings for such events are designed to look different and not just festive every year. Theme parties tend to attract quite a crowd after fun and merrymaking. Presented here are some suggestions as to where to go.
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Tel. (02)2720-1200
Ziga Zaga will bring out Christmas and New Year menus of traditional Italian dishes, tapping seasonal ingredients. The Bel Air Bar & Grill will serve truffles and oysters to delight palates. Dinner with set menu is priced at NT$3,500. A glass of champagne is included.
Shanghai Court and Pearl Liang will have sumptuous set menus. A la carte dining is also an option.
Cheers provides a relaxing atmosphere, making it an ideal setting for a festive celebration with family and friends. New Year's Eve dinner costs NT$2,000.
Get ready for the Grand Hyatt Taipei's New Year's Eve Gala Dinner to unfold at the Grand Ballroom. The event will have "The Hanging Garden" as theme. Colorful flowers, magical fruit balls and gigantic vegetable centerpieces will hang from the ceiling to portray the four seasons - green for spring, purple for summer, red for autumn and white for winter. This magical night can be yours for just NT$6,288 per person, or NT$58,888 for a table accommodating 10 guests.
To make reservations, contact Grand Hyatt Taipei's Food & Beverage Sales Department through tel. 02-2720-1200 ext. 3198 or 3199. Or visit www. Meanwhile the Boutique in the lobby has a wide selection of seasonal gifts, including assorted chocolates, traditional Christmas pastries, and elegant hampers filled with Christmas cookies, gingerbread and chocolates.
Sherwood Taipei
Tel. (02)2718-1188
The Toscana Italian Restaurant has a Christmas menu for two persons for NT$8,800. The Yi-Yuan Chinese Restaurant offers on December 24 a set Chinese menu for NT$2,500 per person. The Kouma Sushi Restaurant has also something special for NT$2,500 also on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile the B-One Buffet Restaurant is for the family with lunch at NT$780 and NT$380 per child on December 24. The dinner is NT$920 for the adult and NT$450 for the child.
Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei
Tel. (02)8369-1155
The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei has restaurants catering to every culinary whim. They include Le Louvre, The Rosewood, Champs Elysees, Rainbow Terrace The Atrium, Pearl River, Seven Scholarly Lounge, Miyama The Japanese Restaurant, and Formosa.
Buffet at the Rainbow Terrace The Atrium can be daily until February 29, 2008
Hotel Royal Hsinchu
Tel. (03)5631122
From 22 - 25 December 2007, Hotel Royal Hsinchu will be presenting a "Dazzling Chirstmas Celebration", with a range of activities for both dining guests and room guests. This includes a
Hotel Royal Hsinchu has lined up Christmas dinner for NT$880 to NT$1,000 per person from December 22 to 25. Have a look at the wonderful Christmas hamper for takeaway. Christmas Eve children's storytelling and Santa Claus coming to town are planned activities this year.
An economical Christmas room package priced at NT$9,999 (inclusive of taxes and service charges) invites a look.
The Royal Executive Suite originally costs NT$14,000. Included are Christmas dinner for 2 (worth NT$1,200 each), massage SPA treatment for 2 (worth NT$2,500 each) and a breakfast buffet plus many more good deals. The Dazzling Christmas Celebration awaits you.
For reservations, call tel. 03-5631122
Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Taipei
Tel. (02)2715-0077
Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Taipei (originally Holiday Inn Asiaworld Taipei) with 738 guest rooms welcomes revelers to celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve at any of the three distinctly different restaurants:Canton Palace serving Cantonese buffet, Mongolia Court specializing in classic Shanghai fine dining, and Le Parc Cafe for buffet of different foodways.
Le Parc Cafe seeks to pull in the crowd with stuffed turkey, roasted suckling, lobster, beef tenderloin, grilled lamb chop with garlic and rosemary sauce, beef carpaccio, and baked scallops.
The hotel's Christmas accommodation package for December 22 costs NT$7,699 plus 10% service charge and the package for December 23 to 24 is NT$5,999 plus 10% also.
The Taipei hotel is hosting a bevy of beauties from far and wide, participating in the 2007 Miss Global City World Pageant.
Grand Formosa Regent Taipei
Tel. (02)2523-8000
Another year is almost gone, and everyone is looking for the perfect place to join the New Year's Eve countdown. The Venetian Masquerade Ball and Carnival at the Grand Formosa Regent Taipei is designed for romancing, combining world-class Italian cuisine, Italian songs, and wonderful circus acts. DJs will get everyone in a party mood from 9 p.m. on December 31 to 5 a.m. on January 1 at azie (1F) and Gallery (2F). A seven-day vacation for two exploring the glaciers of Canada awaits the winner of a raffle draw sponsored by Glace Rare Iceberg Water.
Top-notch chefs will prepare lobster carpaccio with cauliflower mousse, beetroot crisp, osetra caviar, and saffron orange vinaigrette. Enjoy veal osso bucco agnolotti with Swiss chard and gremolade sauce. Mediterranean fish soup will have black olive tapenade, fennel puree and basil crostini. Main course choices are: monkfish with cepe crust and chestnut sformatino, sauteed foie gras, braised lentils and truffle-scented champagne sauce; rosemary-infused beef fillet with grilled foie gras, Marsala truffle glaze, and sauteed Savoy cabbage with bacon and porcini. Tiramisu Veneto is dessert served with coffee or tea. A delightful Fritelle finishes up the meal.
Each set, priced at NT$4,800 per person, comes with a glass of champagne plus free flowing red wine, and a buffet breakfast for one. It is possible to join the party without the dinner, entering after 10 p.m. The NT$1,200 price per person in this case includes red wine plus a supper buffet at the Brasserie. For reservations, call tel. 02-2523-8000
Grand Formosa Regent Taipei is offering the takeout turkey basket at azie bun, until December 24. Guests, therefore, can enjoy a sumptuous feast in the comfort of their home without slaving over a hot stove.
Hotel Royal Taipei
Tel. (02) )2542-3266
From December 22 to 25, the Hotel Royal Taipei offeris "Christmas Special"room rates starting at NT$3,999 per night, including a complimentary bottle of red wine and two tickets to Taiwan Storyland. Return to bygone days through the exposure to traditional arts and crafts, old storefronts, traditional snacks and candies, displays of local stories and the Hall of Sketches. Travel back in time and re-visit the past while enjoying five-star vacation at amazing prices!
The offer applies only to Taiwan residents and ARC holders only.
Meanwhile Christmas set menus range from NT$850 to NT$ NT$1,280 plus 10 percent from December 22 to 25. Find time to eat desserts costing from NT$100 to NT$900.
Grand Hotel
Tel. (02)2886-8888
Buffet dining at the Grand Garden on December 24 will have food fare like sashimi, ham, lobster salad, Taiwanese-style noodles, Peking duck, German-style pig's trotters, Italian spaghetti, almond and fruit tart, chocolate mousse, and ice cream. The price per person is NT$1,500 plus 10 percent service charge.
Chi-Lin Cafe will likewise serve Christmas Eve dinner, using ingredients like abalone, prawns, and asparagus. The price is also NT$1,500 plus 10 percent service charge.
Sheraton Taipei Hotel
Tel. (02)2321-1818
Four restaurants promise memorable Christmas dinners on December 24-25: French cuisine at Antoine, Italian food at Pizza Pub, spicy Thai cooking at Sukhothai, and international buffet at Kitchen 12. Chef Noel Bernard of Antoine will prepare foie gras de canard with turkey fig and green apple mesh. Chef Phonlaphat Sudsaidee of Suhkothai will spring spicy surprises on diners. Chef Li Cheng-li will select the best ingredients and will cook them in Italian style at the Pizza Pub.
Shangri-La? Far Eastern Plaza Hotel
Tel. (02)2378-8888
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei collaborates with Mercedes-Benz Taiwan Ltd., to realize a car-themed celebration throughout the hotel during the entire month of December. Guests can enter the draw to win the opportunity to drive a Mercedes Benz C-Class for one year for free.
All lunchtime and dinnertime guests at any of the hotel restaurants until December. 31 are entitled to raffle draw tickets. The restaurants are: Yi Cafe (6F), Shang Palace (6F), Restaurant Suntory (7F), Marco Polo Restaurant (38F), and Shanghai Pavilion (39F). For reservations, call (02) 2378-8888
Christmas High Tea with pastries galore holds promise of a most pleasant pastime. French executive chef Jean Francois Pelaez's idea of high tea counts the Yule log-shaped buche, the fruit cake, strawberry eclair, Christmas cookies, and specialty scones among the pastries and baked goodies for relish in style. Tea for two, priced at NT$880, is served at the Lobby Court (1F), Li Bai Lounge (6F) or Marco Polo Lounge (38F).
The Cake Shop lines up four kinds of Christmas hampers, priced at NT$850,000, NT$5,880, NT$2,080, and NT$1,280, with a raffle ticket to go with every purchase until December 31. Santa Claus will deliver the Smart Hampers and Marco Polo Hampers in the Taipei area at no extra cost. :
The Marco Polo Hamper, for example, has Valrhona chocolates, a bottle of Remole IGT Marchesi de' Frescobaldi wine, home-made nougat, a Christmas cake, raisin chocolates, a box of Amaretti cookies, extra virgin olive oil, De Cecco pasta, De Cecco Napoletana sauce, a Christmas candle and an Andrea Bocelli music CD.
The most expensive hamper is a bit different. The goodies are packed in a red Smart car, waiting for someone to drive it home.
The raffle draw for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be held on January 2, 2008 at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei. The winner will need to pay taxes.. For more information or to make reservations, call tel. (02) 2378-8888.
Caesar Park Taipei
Tel. (02)2311-5151
Another year is coming to an end. It is time to think about rewarding employees. Caesar Park Taipei is offering a 2007 Year End Party Special from December 1 to March 1, 2008. Go Chinese style for NT$8,000 per table and up. Or, opt for the western buffet at NT$620 per person. Free karaoke service is offered if the reservation is for five tables or 50 persons at least.
Checkers can accommodate 120 people for dinner buffet, Monday to Thursday, at the special price of NT$75,000. From Friday to Sunday, it is NT$80,000. The 10 percent service charge applies to all.
Westin Taipei
Tel. (02) 8770-6565
Christmas Celebration set menu dinners are lined up:
Danieli's Italian Restaurant
NT$2,680+10% service charge
An order of two set menu dinners comes with a 375ml bottle of Asti
From Dec. 22 to 25, guests will be invited to make their own red Santa cap and join the "Best Red Santa Cap" contest. From 8:00 to 8:30 pm, dinner guests will vote for a winner who will win a 750ml bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne.
Liu Yuan Shanghai Restaurant
Christmas set menu dinner
Dec. 24 to 25 for NT$2,007+10% per person
Feel the joy and peace of Christmas eve with a tasteful fare of Shanghai cuisine carefully prepared with the freshest ingredients.
Churchill Piano Bar
Dec. 24
Angels' Line set menu for NT$1,800+10% (includes wine) per person. An additional NT$300 entitles guests to unlimited drinks after 9:00 pm.
A La Carte (only after 9:00 pm) for NT$999+10% (with unlimited drinks). You have a choice of 5 a la carte dishes.
Bakery Shop Take Away Gifts
From Dec. 1 to 25, you have a choice of refreshing Christmas snacks that will definitely put you in the holiday mood. They include: Christmas sweet tube (NT$139); Panettone princess (NT$239 -small; NT$1,190 - large); Assorted Bavarian Christmas cookies (NT$249).
Hotel Landis Taipei
Tel. (02) 2597-1234
Christmas Eve at Landis Taipei's Paris 1930 means indulging in good food like assiette of salmon, lobster ravioli, seared John Dory fillet, duck and foie gras, passion fruit honey sorbet, peppered venison loin, and hot chestnut pudding with butterscotch center, all for NT$3,800 plus 10 percent service charge.
New Year's Eve dinner, likewise at Paris 1930, will have food delights like Hokkaido scallop, cobia fillet, lobster, duck and black truffles, beef tenderloin and hot meringue and maple creme brulee "marshmallow," also for NT$3,800 plus 10 percent service charge.
Christmas menu at La Nouvelle Brasserie will be enriched by tomato and onion salad; asparagus cream soup with pine nut, garlic, and bacon; pan-roasted scallops, lobster, root vegetable and fennel ragout, tomato anise broth; veal tenderloin and foie gras butter, white truffle oil, sour cream whipped potato; and traditional French Christmas cake, all for NT$1,400 plus 10 percent.
French provincial menu from December 29 to 31 at La Brasserie costs NT$1,400 plus 10 percent service charge.
Burgary Hotel
Tel. (02) 2382-13149
The 17-story and 46-room hotel offers a good panoramic view of Taipei with landmarks like Taipei 101, Taipei Main Station, Tamsui banks, and Kuan Yin Mountain within sight. Enjoy Christmas in romantic surroundings. Catch a movie there, too. Room package for two costs NT$2,999 on weekdays and NT$3,4999 on holidays.
Miramar Garden Taipei
Tel. (02)8772-8800
Miramar Garden Taipei's Garden Terrace has a set dinner with a cocktail drink included in celebration of the holiday season from December 22 to 24 for NT$2,000 per person. Crabmeat and mullet roe salad, duck liver, chicken soup with mushrooms and dumplings, fish cooked in red wine, American beef prepared also with red wine, and champagne-flavored mousse for dessert are all trotted out to delight.
For New Year's Eve, a feast of scallops, lobster with risotto as well as duck liver with white truffle should whet the appetite. Call tel. (02)8772-8800 ext. 2311 to make reservations.
The well-located hotel invites revelers to check in on December 31 and watch the spectacular Taipei 101 fireworks from any of its luxurious and high-ceilinged hotel rooms. A romantic New Year's Eve package for two, costing NT$9,000, includes breakfast for two, western-style set dinner for two worth NT$2,000, complimentary use of the health club, outdoor heated pool and sauna facilities, free parking, Internet connection, free shoeshine service, and two bottles of mineral water each day.
Hotel Royal Chiao Hsi
Tel. (02) 2541-1999
Excellent food, great wines and friends go togther. Christmas Eve at Hotel Royal Chiao Hsi in an area famous for hot springs will have children singing Christmas carols and a Chinese music ensemble playing Christmas songs on traditional Chinese music instruments. A clown and a magician will entertain guests, too.
A charity bazaar will have 12 booths selling leather items, t-shirts, handicrafts, and puppets. .
Christmas dinner with a price tag of NT$1,200 plus 10 percent will feature turkey, French-style lobster and scallop, beef prepared with mushrooms, and pumpkin soup. Strawberry, chocolate, and cake will cap the meal as the sweet dessert.
Ambassador Hotel
Tel. (02)2551-1111
The International Ballroom on the second floor of the Ambassador Hotel will devote the first half of the evening of December 24 to an exquisite Christmas dinner and Broadway music by a live band. Each guest will get a glass of bubbling champagne. The second half of the night will have a DJ playing music to rock and dance the hours away. The partying from 6 p.m. to midnight has a price of NT$2,200 plus service charge. Those who prefer to attend just the dance party will pay NT$800 plus service charge. Snacks and champagne will be provided.
The Specchio Italian Restaurant will have special Christmas buffet of American beef, turkey, apple and pumpkin soup, and Spanish-style crab, among others, from December 22 to 24 for NT$990 plus 10 percent service charge.
San Want Hotel
Tel. (02)2772-2121
Spotted grouper cooked in olive oil and then brought to the table with seafood and champagne sauce plus caviar sounds tempting. So does seafood salad with ingredients coming from Alaska. And soup combining beef stock and onion cooked for six hours is bound to be very tasty.
New Year's Eve dinner, featuring French cuisine, costs NT$2,200 plus 10 percent service charge. Buffet is available for NT$599 plus 10 percent service charge.
Gloria Prince Hotel
Tel. (02)2581-8111
From December 21 to 25, the hotel is serving a set menu of Chinese cuisine at NT$2,000 plus 10 percent service charge. The six-course dinner includes shark's fins cooked for six hours before native chicken and ham are introduced.
Those who prefer western food can relish a set menu of lobster, scallop, crabmeat and beef for NT$1,800 plus 10 percent service charge. Bon appetit.
Holiday Inn East Taipei
Tel. (02)7703-5865
Holiday Inn East Taipei, which opened only last July 19, is a fine hotel waiting to be discovered. The hotel is only nine minutes and five minutes car respectively by car from Taipei 101 and Maokong Cable Car. The hotel has a shuttle bus service to Taipei 101.
Buffet at the Coffee Shop from December 22 to 25 and on December 31 costs NT$699 plus 10 percent service charge. Carolers will transform the hotel on Christmas Eve, giving it special ambience.
Christmas and New Year's Eve special room rate is NT$699 plus 10 percent per person. Call tel. 02-77035865.
Tel. (02)2831-4415
Wendel's Bakery & Bistro keeps alive the German tradition of celebrating Christmas by proposing to serve set menus costing NT$1,000 per person. Dishes certain to be relished include jelly of lamb and bell peppers apple chutney, consomme of sea fish fine peas and saffron dumpling, as well as grilled chicken breast filled with duck liver and cepes served with vegetables and potato almond croquette.
Yummy turkey can be ordered three days in advance.
Jazz musicians will liven the surroundings at Wendel's from December 21 to 25.
Lees Hotel Kaohsiung
Tel. (07) 2296030
Get into the holiday mood. Prepare for dining at Lees Hotel for NT$800 per cover from December 22 to 24 if you are in Kaohsiung. If you make reservations before December 21, you get a 15 percent discount. Goose liver, Australian beef, abalone, sushi, and pumpkin pie are some of the appetizing items in the Christmas buffet. Bring home a chestnut cake for NT$600 from December 20 to 25. The regular price is NT$900.
Caesar Park Hotel Kenting
Tel. (08)8861888
Throughout the whole month of December, the Caesar Park Kenting will be treating guests to traditional European food specialties. Indeed Christmas is a feast dating back to ancient times in countries where Christianity took roots like France, Germany, and Italy.
The hotel in Kenting has set up one of the biggest gingerbread houses to be seen this year. Next to it is a reindeer-drawn sled for use in picture-taking with Santa Claus.
Dancing and fireworks will liven up the beach property the night of December 31. starting at 9:30 p.m.
Lakeshore Hotel
Tel: (03) 520-3181
Happy holiday celebrations include exquisite dinner menus in classy restaurants with European or Oriental-style ambience. On December 24th, you have a choice of Chinese, Western, or Japanese style set menus starting at NT$1,380 + 10% service charge per person. The Lucino Bar offers an unforgettable Christmas dinner for NT$1,499+10%. Those who prefer buffet can head to Monet's Garden and enjoy western-style food for just NT$1,380+10% per person. For this same price, you can savor a delicate Japanese-style Christmas banquet at the Choya. At the Joy Palace, A Chinese-style Christmas feast awaits you also for NT$1,380+10% per person.