Brasserie TaipeiPosted By Jennifer Ho Jul 28 2011 · 0 comments · Dining Out
Located in the basement level of the prestigious Regent Hotel (incidentally where Lady Gaga chose to stay when she came to Taipei for a show several weeks ago), the Brasserie is an upscale all-you-can-eat buffet style restaurant with a selection of foods wide enough to make your jaw drop. The sushi/sashimi bar features freshly caught lobsters, crabs and oysters, king mackerel, swordfish, yellowfin tuna, sea urchin among other premium raw seafood. The Japanese section also had cold soba and oolong noodles prepared on demand, just fried tempura (fish, potato, taro, shrimp), miso soup among many other choice selections.The “American” section featured some typical foods you would expect which for some foreigners may be a welcome relief from the rather different Asian foods you find most places in Taipei.
I had a chance to speak with Bernard Noel who previously worked at the Sheraton Hotel and is now the executive chef at the Regent for three years and running. I asked him which dessert was his favorite and he enthusiastically answered, “All of them!”. Well said, that’s for sure. Following his cue, I tried an indecent number – they all looked so good! I won’t tell you exactly how many because I probably had too many and will be embarrassed to tell you but I can say that I left the place full of more sweets than anything else which can’t be a bad thing, right? Right.