Deluxe Japanese Buffet at Irodori (Grand Hyatt Taipei)
I love Japanese food and I love buffet, put the two together, add a dash of class, and what you end up with is Irodori, a posh all-you-can-eat restaurant at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Taipei.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking as much as possible, but as you might expect, Irodori offers a marvellous assortment of Japanese dishes, from sushi and sashimi, fresh seafood, teppanyaki dishes, oden, skewers, salad, fried stuff (including tempura) and of course, desserts. The buffet section is a large square with chefs in the middle who are constantly putting together new delights, and you can always go up to them to order custom sushi and other dishes.
The sushi selection is very good. The variety is decent, though apart from the unagi (eel) the nigiri is all raw fish or beef, so people who don’t like raw stuff can look to the Californian rolls and the custom-made hand rolls. The sashimi is also very fresh and next to it are some tasty salads, one with chicken and another with calamari. There was also (on that day at least) a seared salmon salad with a refreshing vinaigrette dressing which turned out to be one of my favourites.
The next photos feature some items from the teppanyaki and tempura section, which includes stuff like pan fried fish fillet, wagyu beef cubes, stir fried bean sprouts. The tempura selection has prawns and a bunch of vegetables and sauces. For a while there was even some tonkatsu (with egg and onions) but I wasn’t quick enough to get to it. Around the corner there’s the skewer section, where you can get some awesome garlic sauce or teriyaki sauce.
The last photo of some desserts, is hazy for some reason (I’m using the camera on my new Samsung Galaxy S4). Most of the desserts are Japanese (mochi, red beans, green tea, etc), a pudding, a tofu, a cake or brownie, and, surprisingly, taiyaki, which is essentially a type of soft waffle with bean or custard filling.
All that is well and good, but what makes Irodori’s dessert even more awesome is the ice cream! Yes, they do have a self-serve ice cream section, which I strongly suspect is Haagen-Dazs. I had myself some green tea and vanilla bean — in a waffle cone! Woo hoo!
That’s about it from me. I was eating so much that I forgot to take a lot of photos of the other food, unfortunately, so you’ll just have to check it out for yourself.
If you like Japanese food and buffet, then Irodori is definitely a place I would recommend. At NT$1200 per head on weekdays and NT$1400 on Friday nights and weekends, it’s a little on the dear side, given it is, after all, in the Grand Hyatt. There are some cheaper alternatives available in Taipei, such as Shin Yeh, where some people might not be able to notice much of a difference in quality (though there is), but you really can’t go wrong with Irodori if you are looking for a top class meal.
Website: http://taipei.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/Irodori.html (online reservations available)
Phone: +886 2 2720 1230
Address: Level 3, No. 2, SongShou Road, Taipei, Taiwan (nearest MRT station: World Trade Center or Taipei City Hall)
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Price: NT$1200 Monday-Thursday + Friday Lunch; NT$1400 Friday Dinner and Saturday-Sunday