My extended family and I went to the Cantonese Restaurant in this hotel on a Sunday night for the dim sum dinner. There was 5 of us at dinner: 3 of us were visiting from the U.S. and 2 lived in Taiwan.
The dim sum choices were very sparse--only a few carts making the rounds and one of them was a dessert cart--even though the restaurant was full. You would have thought they would have sent out more carts to serve all of their customers. No, they did not. It gave us a bad feeling and we should have left but we didn't since we were trying to be polite to the relative who had invited us to dinner.
None of us were impressed by the selection or quality of the food. My husband and I were surprised since almost all of the food we'd had so far after 2 weeks of vacationing in Taiwan had been marvelous. But this place was no better than the worst dim sum place we'd eaten at in the U.S. It was barely mediocre.
The wait staff were also snotty, short-tempered and ignored you until you were practically waving your arms in their face. And, as if that weren't enough, the bill for the dinner was WAY higher than any other restaurant we'd eaten at in the last 2 weeks, including a 9-course dinner of excellent seafood at a place on the harbor.
If that wasn't enough, the worst was yet to come. My husband and aunt were the only ones who had dessert. She had a pudding with a brown sugar glaze on top and he had a white-colored almond pudding. By 1am, my husband was VIOLENTLY ILL in the bathroom. HE THREW UP 4 times! His stomach also hurt for 4 days after that.
We can only conclude that it was due to FOOD POISONING from the almond pudding. There was something wrong with the milk they used for it or with the water or the ice that was used to chill it.
I highly caution you to AVOID the Cantonese dim sum restaurant in the Chinatrust Watermark Hotel. Do yourself a favor and leave the hotel and eat at one of the many other good eateries in Taoyuan or Taipei.
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- Located next to Taoyuan Train Station in the bustling business district, Chateau de Chine Taoyuan best meets the needs of the business traveller. After extensive upgrading of hotel Lobby, the hotel now boasts magnificent crystal chandeliers, ornate mirrors, and a collection of fine antiques in the main lobby. On a par with the new decor, the catering service has also been meticulously refined. - Convenient location - Luxurious themed wedding receptions - Multi-function banquet hall - Open-kitchen buffet - Restaurants: Chinese, Western - Special features: Conference Rooms, Gym, Banquet Hall, Business Center, Complimentary Self-Service Laundry, Complimentary wi-fi throughout the hotel, parking. ... more less
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