Any good eats near Taipei's Taoyuan airport?
Will be overnighting twice at the Novotel Taoyuan airport, flying in late and leaving in the morning. Is there any good to eat in the airport itself? Or anywhere within say a 10-15min taxi ride radius? Understand that the city itself is an hour away.
The Novotel has at least two restaurants. There is a Chinese restaurant on the second floor whose menu looked pretty good, but I didn't try it, so I can't say for sure. There is a breakfast buffet on the ground floor that was absolutely amazing in its diversity with everything from traditional Western-style breakfast foods to pastas, rices, congee, fruit, fish, etc. There were a few surprises for me at the buffet - the miso soup has tiny whole fish in it (vs. being vegetarian) and the dragon fruit slices are drier than what I am familiar with -- could simply be a different variety since the other fruit was exactly as you would expect it to be.
I remember a fair number of shops in the airport but honestly don't remember what restaurants it might have had.
Enjoy your trip!
Food court in departures:
Saboten Express Japanese curry
Dennis Juice bar
royal heritage (niu rou mian and dim sum)
A "western" sandwich and pasta place, ironically with no English name
Taiwanese cuisine and snacks (that's the name of the place)
T.K.K. Fried chicken (white pepper style)
By the way, re: the no name western place, I am officially renaming "mayonnaise cafe" for the deluge they poured over everything (including overcooked corn, iceberg lettuce "salad", and roast beef croissant sandwich one slice of beef and a whole other stack of iceberg.)