Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Formosa Restaurant in The Howard Plaza Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan - Superb Taiwanese style food!

Many of the blogs I am writing are about Taiwan because I am on an extended business trip in Taiwan.  I have been coming to Taiwan for over 20 years.  During this time, I have stayed at many of the 4 star and 5 star hotels in Taipei, and other major cities in the country.  Of course, with my extensive travel around the USA and the world, I have stayed in hotels from the truly disgusting to some of the best in the world from my perspective.  More on these hotel experiences in the USA and worldwide in later blogs.

I met a very nice couple, Alex Pan and his wife Apple, several months ago on one of my sightseeing trips.  Alex is the Assistant Manager of the Public Relations Department at the Howard Plaza Hotel in Taipei.    When Alex told me about his hotel, I was looking for a central location to take some friends from Taiwan and Singapore to dinner.  I decided to give the Howard Plaza Hotel in Taipei a try.

I must digress and say that I have really enjoyed some of the better 5 star hotels in Taipei for their ambiance, service, quality, attention to detail, and the fine food offered in their restaurant(s).   I really did not know what to expect at The Howard Plaza.

As I was approaching the hotel in the cab, I was pleasantly surprised how big this hotel is.  As we approached the front door, I could feel the luxury and sophistication of this hotel property.  The lobby was splendidly luxurious for my standards.  I was really looking forward to trying their food at their Formosa Restaurant on the lower level from the lobby.

From the Lobby to the Formosa Restaurant

Main Entrance for the Formosa Restaurant

Reception at the Formosa

Beautiful works of art abound in the Howard Plaza

The Main dining Room at the Formosa

We were greeted at the front entrance of the restaurant, and escorted downstairs to level
B1 to our private room at the Formosa Restaurant.   We invited several friends to join us including Alex pan and his wife Apple as well as Taiwan’s famous blogger, Nina Cheng.  You can see Nina’s article on this restaurant at the following link:

We immediately had several people telling us about the menu, and attending to our every need. Great Service!   The food on the menu is more typical Taiwanese style food prepared by a fabulous head chef.  

If you have a discriminating taste for superb Taiwanese style food, you must try this restaurant.  Below are just some of the delicious dishes prepared for our group:


The food was absolutely wonderful, and I wanted to thank the chef for his excellent meal.   In moments several people came to tell us that the head chef was on his way, and asked if we would like some photos with the Chef.

Our friends & guests with the Head Chef

After this very pleasant experience, I know I will go back to this restaurant for more Taiwanese style food, and I plan on staying at this hotel on my next short business trip to Taipei.  For your information, The Howard has about 10 or so properties in Taiwan including Beach and Lake Resorts, The Suites, and others.

To contact this hotel below is the information you will need:

The Howard Plaza Hotel
160, Ren Ai Road, Section 3
Taipei, Taiwan 10657, R.O.C.
Hotel Phone: +886-2-27002323
Alex Pan: x2481
Reservations: +886-800-011-068

Edward C.

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