Taiwan: Taipei: International Airport

KiGbQ41388090717Taipei International Airport
Arrivals and Departures

Arrivals:

By the time we landed and went through immigration and the baggage claim carousel it was around 1pm, so we decided it was a good idea to eat before hopping on a bus which we thought took approximately 1hr to the city. Ikari Coffee is a chain which is also found all throughout Taipei. Surprisingly, they do not charge more at the airport than their regular stores in the city. I notice this frequently happens in other countries.

R7X5VF1388090481The Lasagna Sicilian Style (198 NTD, approximately $7.6 AUD) and Pasta Creamy Bacon (128 NTD approximately $4.9 AUD ) was very reasonably priced. Admittedly not the best food in the world, but by all accounts (price factor included) a very good deal for a hungry traveller.

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Food: 6.5/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 6.5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Overall Score: 27/40
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Filtered hot, warm and cold water was just around the corner, so a tip is always to have a water bottle with you, even if you have to empty it out when you board an international flight, it is always a good idea to keep the empty plastic bottle with you.

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Departures:

Departures funnily has quite a different feel to arrivals. It seems like they spent n8p4A11388796619more money making it look and feel very modern.

We were there at approximately 6pm, and allowed at least an hour to get there via car. There were still long queues at check-in and immigration, so to save your hairline and chest palpitations I would suggest arriving with plenty of time to spare.

Now on to the dining! After pabSYVLy1388796736ssing through immigration, there are two eating places. One sells Asian food (various rice, rice porridge and noodle dishes), the other sold a more Western fare of sandwiches, pasta, sweets and coffee.

We chose the Western option. We ordered three different sets of seafood risotto, beef meatball spaghetti and pork spaghetti bolognese. zRA3cK1388796649All were priced the same at $160NTD, approximately $6.10AUD.

Although it looked like microwaved pre-packaged food, it was surprisingly decent, especially the seafood risotto (which I though was the most risky to order, and the one that could be stuffed up the most). It tasted like tomato, cheesy baked rice, and the seafood was still fresh and moist. Both spaghetti were also fairly competent. So for the price point and limited airport options, it was not bad at all.

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Food: 7/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Overall Score: 28.5/40
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