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50 Cafe, Banqiao, New Taipei City October 4, 2018

Posted by hslu in Chinese Food, 美食, Life in Taiwan, Restaurants, Travel, 台灣, 台北.
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Last time we came to the Mega City Shopping Center in Banqiao, we saw a line of 20 people waiting in line at the ground floor of the tallest building in the city. We knew they were trying to get in a buffet restaurant because they didn’t have a reservation. After a short inquiry we found out that the name of the buffet restaurant was 50 Cafe. The cafe was on the fiftieth floor of the Mega building, hence the name.

It is the tallest buffet restaurant outside of Taipei and it has a big following on the social websites in Taiwan.

I read an article the other day which basically says that high level of lower cholesterol is bad for your health was a lie. There was no research to substantiate that claim from the U.S. government and the results from a new, large scale research supports the contrary.

Armed with this piece of information we came to Mega 50 Cafe to enjoy the buffet instead of feeling guilty while eating.

The seat will be reserved for 10 minutes. If we don’t show up before 6:10, the seat will be forfeited to other customers if someone is waiting. This is the standard practice.

The restaurant called us back and told us that they didn’t have a window seat for us because we made our reservation online too late. But that’s okay. We came primarily for the food, not the view.

The setting was nice but not elegant. The ambience was pleasant but cold. The night view was less spectacular because there weren’t many tall buildings with lights nearby.

The seating is arranged in sections around a 6′ wide central corridor of the eclipse-shaped building. On the one end of the corridor, there are two small elevators. The restrooms are on the other end. The kitchen is located to the left of the corridor while a sushi station is on the right. The space near the elevators is used for two ice cream fridges, coffee machines, soda drinks and beer. Salads and seafoods are close by.

The allotted time slot for us is from 6 to 8 pm. We come a few minutes after six. It is not busy today because yesterday was the mid autumn festival and many people probably didn’t feel like eating another big meal today. The restaurant was about 25% occupied. The server told us that last night, the third day of a thtee-day long weekend celebrating the annual mid autumn festival, was filled to the brim. I image that people probably have to wait in line for a while before they got fed.

The presentation and the arrangement of the food were pleasant to see. The staff was quick to keep the food stations clean and presentable probably because it was a slow Tuesday. This was really nice.

太太說蝦子蠻新鮮的,螃蟹也可以,只是沒什麽肉。太太給我兩隻蝦子,幾口螃蟹肉。算是吃了。其他像魷魚和黑黑的青口,我都沒吃。

看起來還不錯。太太說最先吃的很好吃。我後来拿了兩隻蝦子肉不夠Q。

顏色配的很好看,花花綠綠的擺滿了一大堆。看得出來,廚房用了心了。值得推薦。

變種的壽司吧。一個一個的做太麻煩,用個木盆子裝壽司飯,再灑上 topping,弄的好看一點就出來了。飯甜了些,不過還蠻好吃的。

甜點區。後面的右邊是廚房。熱菜,油炸的,湯和烤牛排在後面廚房邊上。

好看嗎?很好吃。比較甜。不像有些餐館做出來的蛋糕看起來好看,吃起來太淡,不甜。不知道是捨不得放糖還是打著健康的旗子不給我們吃太甜的東西。其實,甜點不甜叫什麼甜點呢?乾脆叫淡而無味的點心好了。

一部分熱菜。大多數都是挑著盤子裏的素菜吃。那個麵炒的乾了些。

不太精彩。

牛排算是不錯的了,不過不夠肥,有些筋。應該只是.choice grad 牛肉。小片小片的吃還可以,因為肉的纖維已經切斷了。如果跟在美國吃牛排一樣給你一片一寸厚的牛排,可能咬不動。味道不錯。我不喜歡加 sauce,如果調的佐料夠好,夠久,夠均勻,那原汁原味最好吃。其他的那幾樣都沒有動。

烤的豬肉串。邊上的小杯子裏的是蒸蛋。比較鹹。餐館給你鹹的菜吃和讓你拼命喝水。脹飽你再說。

我的。

老婆的。

老婆的。

我的。魚唇不夠熱。要是剛剛炸出來的就更好了。貪心了一點,是不是?

盤子裏的越來越少,快吃飽了嗎?

Made from scratch. 清淡,薑絲多,好喝。蛤蜊沒沙。好現象。

可惜那個鮭魚飯不太好吃。

還沒吃完。

壽司台做的手卷。飯甜,sauce.可口,加上新鮮的素菜,不錯。

匈牙利牛肉湯。青菜蘿蔔。該收手了。

太太吃的沒我吃得多。黑黑的是紅豆糕。

確信最後一盤。意麪乾,蝦子肉不Q。

漂亮吧?要不要也來一塊?你覺得那一塊最好吃?

廚房邊上做麻辣燙的。沒吃。

這是49樓的外國餐廳和酒吧。分裏外兩個區域。可以在外面喝酒。可惜下雨。

沒幾棟高房子。手機照的也不夠好。

48層的中餐館。佈置的很有情調。

在相片的右邊遠遠的那邊可以看到101的輪廓。Samsung S9+的相片還是不夠清楚。這就是真正的數位相機比手機相機要高明的地方。手機相機是沒有辦法比得上真正的相機的。

舀了一勺冰淇淋。小小的一口而已。好了。真正的吃完了。還有,臺灣啤酒沒氣,也不夠冰。

一年以後再來吧!

哦,服務員來收錢的時候很客氣的說:”你們看起來很年輕,不好意思問一問,不知道你們有沒有超過60歲,超過60歲可以打八折”?我們其實不知道老家伙有減價的事。我們謝謝他,省了 20%。省了一碗永康牛肉麪。

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