Milan Italian Semi-Buffet 義米蘭淡水店

Milan Italian Buffet 義米蘭淡水店


Milan Italian Buffet 義米蘭淡水店 Review

I have recently moved to the Tamsui area and visited the New Square Mall which is walking distance from my place. Dining options at New Square Mall are pretty limited for a mall in Taiwan, and the mall is pretty small considering that it’s only 2 stories.

Around 11:30am on a Sunday, it seemed like there were more people working in the mall than there were customers. This made sense. With few customers, there wasn’t a need for a large mall food court. Considering that there are many high rise apartments in the area, most are empty.

I was in the mood for pizza and found this Italian place. The prices seemed a little high, but after taking a seat the waiter explained that it’s a semi-buffet! From the outside, it doesn’t look like any buffet I’ve ever been to before. It’s a “semi-buffet.”

The semi-buffet works like this, you order a main course and they come by every few minutes with dishes to your table. It can be various types of pizza, fried chicken and French fries.

From looking at the place, there isn’t much food sitting out. After taking a lap, you can find salad, ice cream, soup and drinks that customers can access. You just have to sit at the table. The staff will bring by servings of food and offer it to you. This is a very hardworking buffet for the employees. Every few minutes, another dish would be brought to the table and they would explain what type of pizza or other food they were bringing by. They would do this at every table.


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Boletus Mushroom Risotto NT$339
The risotto I ordered was just okay. I wouldn’t get it again. As a big risotto fan, this was just creamy rice with not much flavor.

They had other better looking things on the menu, but I went for the base level price for their semi-buffet.

Milan Italian Buffet 義米蘭淡水店 Menu And Additional Photos


Rating Guide


It’s food, but you’re not going to enjoy it


Didn’t meet minimum meal expectations


Satisfying and an adequate meal.


So good you’ll eat here again!


You will remember this meal for the rest of your life!

Pricing Guide


NT$1-100 (US$0-$3.23)


NT$100-300 (US$3.23-9.68)


NT$300-700 (US$9-22)


NT$700+ (US$22.60+)


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Each rating TAIWANEATER rating is comprised of Quality, Service and Value (in order of the rating’s most important points).

QUALITY: The [Quality] is based on how good the food tastes and the presentation.

SERVICE: The [Service] is based on the dining experience. This includes the ambiance of the restaurant and how the interactions with the staff.

VALUE: The [Value] is based on both the Quality and Service in relation to the price. Ratings for food with a low price are a little more generous than food with a high price.

Money In Taiwan

Tax Is Included In The Price

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Taiwan Is Cash Only (For Most Small Shops)

The primary payment method for all transactions in Taiwan is cash. It’s very rare for small shops to take anything other than cash. It’s more common to see places accept the Taipei Metro Card as payment rather a credit card.

Supermarkets and convenience stores in Taiwan (7-Eleven, Family Mart) do not accept credit cards (at least not American credit cards). You can only make purchases by cash or by using your pre-loaded funds on your EasyCard.

Using Credit Cards in Taiwan

If you want to use your credit card in Taiwan, make sure to check if a restaurant in Taiwan accepts credit card in advance. When a place does accept credit card, it will typically be Visa or Mastercard. It’s extremely rare for a place to accept Discover and American Express.UberEats, HonestBee, Deliveroo and FoodPanda are Taipei Food Delivery Services where you can order food directly to your airbnb or hotel using a credit card.

Exchanging Money in Taiwan

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