* Christmas dinners and other specials will be available
at the Grand Formosa Taichung Hotel (1049, Chien Hsing
Rd.) throughout December 24. At the 11th-floor Buffet Brasserie,
there will be a special lunch for NT$640 and dinner for NT$860,
which includes photos with Santa Claus. The 12th-floor Romana
Italian Restaurant will have a Christmas dinner for NT$980,
which includes a free glass of champagne, and is giving away
a bottle of Grappa to the first 50 guests. The 12th-floor
Teppanyaki will have a special lunch for NT$1,888 and a NT$2,000
for dinner, which includes a free bottle of red wine. The
12th-floor Steak House will have lunch for NT$1,800 and dinner
for NT$2,000 and is giving away, and will give away a free
bottle of champagne to each party of two, with a Bingo game
with prizes for all. The 12th-floor Catwalk club will also
feature a dinner, free glass of champagne, free drink, fresh
fruit appetizer for NT$800. The first 50 people get free T-shirts
and a special entree. Call 328-8000 for reservations.
* The Evergreen Laurel Hotel (6, Taichung Kang Rd.,
sec. 2; tel. 313-9988) will offer a variety of Christmas cuisine
and other specials on December 24. There will be an Idyllic
Christmas Set Menu for NT$2,200 at the 16th-floor Evergreen
Club (ext. 2850); a Candlelight Set Menu dinner at the first-floor
Cafe Laurel (ext. 2893) for NT$1,800/adults and NT$1,200/children;
a Romantic Christmas Set Menu meal at Chevalier Teppanyaki
& Steakhouse (ext. 2875) for NT$2,000; and a Christmas Italian
Buffet at the B1-level La Farfalla Ristorante Italiano (ext.
2820) for NT$800/adults and NT$680/children. For something
Asian, there is the Christmas Taiwanese Dinner Buffet at the
third-floor Formosa Restaurant (ext. 2862) for NT$880/adults
and NT$680/children; and the Christmas Cantonese Set Menu
at the second-floor Canton Palace (ext. 2882) for NT$1,800.
Finally, there is eggnog at the Lobby Bar for NT$150/glass
and NT$3,000 take-out Christmas roast turkey (until 12/31)
at the first-floor Gourmet Shop (ext. 2173).
* Christmas Eve dinner specials will be available at all
of the Howard Prince Hotel's (129, An Ho Rd.; tel. 463-2323)
restaurants. A series of Christmas-related activities are
taking place on December 24 (from 6 to 9:30 p.m. unless noted)
and there will be a 20 percent discount for those making reservations
two weeks in advance. The Howard Century Banquet Dinner, in
the 17th-floor Grand Ballroom, will include a buffet dinner,
an appearance by Santa Claus, live bands and dancing. Cost
is NT$1,000/adult and NT$1,000/child. In the fourth-floor
banquet hall, there will be a Christmas eve semi-buffet dinner
with a live band and all-you-can-drink punch, for NT$1,200/adult
and NT$600/child. A Jazz Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner will
take place in the second-floor Mirage restaurant, with an
all-you-can-drink wine bar and live jazz, all costing NT$1,600/adult
and NT$800/child. At the first-floor Champs Elysees restaurant,
there will be a set Christmas meal with a free glass of wine
or champagne and live duet music, for NT$5,000 per couple.
For something not as traditional, there wil be a Christmas
set meal at the third-floor Yantze River restaurant, a Treasure
Christmas Set Meal at the 16th-floor Ocean Reef and a lobster/abalone/shark's
fin set dinner at the Howard's separate Shark Bay restaurant
(87, Szuchuan Rd.; tel. 316-2323).
* A Christmas Buffet Dinner Party will take place on December
24 at the Plaza International Hotel's (431, Taya Rd.)
B1-level International Hall for NT$2,500 (plus 10%) per adult.
The party will include dancing afterwards. On the same day,
other Christmas specials include a NT$1,000 buffet at the
first-floor Garden Restaurant where there will be live Christmas
music from 6 to 9 p.m.; a Christmas set dinner at the second-floor
restaurant for NT$1,500; a Cantonese Christmas dinner in the
third-floor restaurant for NT$1,200; and a NT$1,800 Christmas
buffet in the 24th-floor Sky Garden restaurant at 5 p.m. Diners
at the third-floor restaurant will also get the chance to
enjoy a night stay for two for NT$1,680, including breakfast.
First-floor diners can also gain admission to the dancing
in International Hall for NT$600.
* The Hotel National Christmas Banquet will take place
on December 24, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and include dinner,
a DJ, dancing and a raffle drawing for prizes like round-trip
Taipei-Japan and Taipei-Southeast Asia airline tickets. Admission
is NT$1,500 for adults and NT$800 for children and those who
purchase tickets before December 23 will not have to the pay
the 10% service charge. The hotel will also have a Late-Night
Snack Christmas Dance Party on December 24 from 11:30 p.m.
to 1 a.m., costing NT$800 for adults and NT$500 for children.
The hotel is located at 257, Taichung Kang Road, sec. 1 and
may be contacted at 321-3111.
* The Napoli Christmas Dinner will take place at Napoli
Italian Restaurant & Pub on December 25 from 3 to 10 p.m.
All drinks cost NT$80 until 6 p.m. There will also be music
by DJ Paul. Napoli is located at 424, Hua Mei St. and may
be contacted at 325-3174.
* The Frog Christmas Turkey Dinner will take place
on December 24 from 6 p.m. to midnight at all seven of the
Frog pub/restaurants. Meals cost between NT$1,880 and NT$6,000.
Santa Claus will be handing out gifts between 9 p.m. and midnight
and there will be a 'treasure hunt' at 11 p.m. Frog I Mexican
Restaurant & Pub is located at 105, Hua Mei West Road (tel.
321-1197), Frog II is at 37, Yu Teh Road (tel. 203-0182) and
Frog 5 (Buffalo) is at 11, Lane 229, Minchuan Road (tel. 325-2246).
* La Terrasse French Bistro (43, Ta Sheng St.; tel.
325-6982) will serve traditional Christmas meals, both on
Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and for lunch on Christmas Day. The
five-course meals will cost NT$850 per person. Call for reservations/details.
* Salt & Pepper Restaurant (185, Pokuan Rd.; tel.
323-1806) will have a traditional Christmas Dinner on December
25. Call for specific price, time and details.
* Shark Den Restaurant & Bar (5, Hua Mei West St.,
sec. 1) will have a NT$300 Christmas Dinner on December 24
at 5 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. Christmas Party. The party
will include a 'Gift-a-Rama' exchange of presents. Call proprietor
Mark Harrison in advance at 329-8801 for information/reservations
for the dinner and party.
* The only traditional Christmas Pudding in town will
be served at Finga's Italian Restaurant (17-1, Ching Cheng
Rd.; tel. 327-5450) on Monday, December 25--when Finga's WILL
be open--and will continue to be available through the week.
In addition, take-out turkeys and hams will be available from
the various Finga's outlets, including Finga's Fine Foods
(7, Ching Cheng Rd.; tel. 327-7750) down the street. Call
for orders and information.
* Papa Mia Italian Restaurant (412-1, Tunghsing Rd.,
sec. 3; tel. 328-6034) is planning a special Christmas eve
dinner on December 24 which will include a full meal and a
raffle drawing for prizes. Call for more specific information.
* Papa Mio Italian Restaurant (24, Tswen Chung St.;
tel. 376-8434) will be offering Italian-style Christmas dinners
on the Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) from 6 p.m.at on Christmas
Day. For information, reservations and price, call the restaurant.
* P.J.'s Cafe (2F, 464, Chung Mei St.; tel. 325-2457,
319-4178) is offering what is probably the most reasonable
Christmas turkey dinner in town on the evenings of both Christmas
Eve and Christmas Day, for only NT$195. Call P.J. for more