After three or four different “business” lunches at the Front Page Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel, I have to give it four thumbs down. This is the worst lunch in town. I used to think that the Grand Hotel’s pathetic facility at the airport would never be surpassed for offensively mediocre meals, but hey live to fight a new day.
Today, I thought I would have the hamburger instead, which for NT$385 was essentially a meatloaf burger. IF there was any hamburger in this, the soybeans must have been at least half if not 75 percent. Do not order well done or you will only have dried beans left. The french fries that came with it were okay and the caesar was unpleasantly oily (the dressing had a runny greasy texture akin to leaving mayonnaise out in 95 degree heat for two hours.
My colleague had the chicken special and could not even take more than three bites, the chicken was a bit undercooked and all gristle and skin. If there was any meat in there, it could be finished in three or four bites. The soups are cream based and unexceptional. I think that the foreign management has left and so the Intercontinental is rapidly becoming another Grand and Howard Plaza. (Now lest I be criticized for this remark, let me point out that the best hotel in Taipei: The Ritz Landis is totally run by Taiwanese so go figure). But there are cutting corners and there are cutting the whole house down. Yuck. Stay away. Overpriced food that tastes worse than some noodle meals I have had from 7-11!