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Buffet at Kitchen, W Hotel, Hong Kong

September 26, 2012 4 comments

As I am on the hunt for the best breakfast in Hong Kong, there will be a lot of posts about breakfast places. Not only that, with Dragon it has been difficult going out for dinner. For one, after work, the only thing I want to do is see my little munchkin and second of all, it has been hard going out with her at night, as she doesn’t sleep well outside and her sleep becomes interrupted making her extremely grumpy.

I was catching with two of my dearest friends, N and Z – they moved to Hong Kong almost 2 years ago when I was leaving to go back to Sydney. I am glad that they are still around which means that we get to hang a lot more. Z suggested we go to the W hotel, where we haven’t been and had ‘good’ breakfast. W hotel offers buffet breakfast and it was indeed a good ‘spread’.

Lots of different varieties, ranging from fruits, breads, yogurts to hot breakfast including eggs, bacon, rice, porridge and many more.

Plate no 1: baked beans, chicken sausages, bacon – I can never say no to bacon, mushrooms, and eggs benedict. A pretty good selection I thought and everything was hot and delicious.

Plate no 2: I was getting full by this stage – yes, quite pathetic really, I really don’t get my money’s worth when it comes to buffet! Fruits were next – they had rambutan and OH MY! Haven’t had those in years. The fruit salad selection I thought could have been better, but I was pretty happy with my rambutan.

N got some desserts – I couldn’t fit anything else in, some Danish and pastries, which he thought was quite good but filing

The fruits with yogurt I enjoyed, the fruit smoothie weren’t great unfortunately, I think it has been sitting there for a while hence warm and not great.

Overall I thought the W hotel provided a good ‘spread’ for breakfast. From memory it was 360HKD pp. It’s a nice hotel and the food isn’t too bad, so would definitely happy come back.

It was definitely lovely to catch up with two of my dearest friends, and I look forward to seeing you more!

PS: the Abercrombie models that was in Hong Kong actually stayed at the W hotel… we saw a few eye candies 🙂

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Buffet at Kitchen

6/F, W Hotel, 1 Austin Road West

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 3717 2299

Nobu Hong Kong

Nobu is one of Hubby’s Japanese restaurants. We first came across Nobu in New York about 3 years ago, and ever since then, we have always tried to go to different Nobu’s around the world. We have been to the one in London and also in Melbourne. This would be our 2nd time in Nobu Hong Kong and have never been disappointed with our meal. 

Out of the 3 Nobu restaurants I have been too, I have to say that the one in Hong Kong has to be my favourite. It has spectacular views, water views, overlooking the harbour – Hong Kong Island and if you are there at about 8pm, you get to see the light show from the restaurant. Nobu resides in the glorious InterContinental Hotel.

There were 6 of us tonight and Hubby and I had the pleasure of ordering (as no one else there has been). Thankfully everyone weren’t too fussy about food, so we thought perhaps 8 dishes, 4 hot and 4 cold (or something like that). The menu came to be: yellow tail sashimi with jalapeno; saga beef tobanyaki; tuna tataki sashimi salad with matsuhisa dressing; salmon new style sashimi; shrimp and lobster with spicy lemon sauce; black cod with miso; US prime beef tataki steak; and soft shell crab harumaki. A lot right? but it was just right for 6 people.

First dish – yellow tail sashimi with jalapeno – one of my favourite Nobu dish. The combination of the creaminess of the yellow tail sashimi and the saltiness of the soy, and the zing of the jalapeno was absolutely divine. This was perfectly executed and was absolutely fantastic! 

Saga beef toban yaki – beef cooked on ceramic plate. It wasn’t a warm dish, however, it was cooked slightly on the outside, leaving the inside ‘blue’ so to speak. The beef was so tender and juicy, it melted in your mouth. It was accompanied with some ginger / radish / carrots and spring onions – the combination of all the condiments and the soy sauce and the beef was mouth watering and divine.

Tuna Tataki Sashimi salad with matsuhisa dressing – this was hubby’s favourite dish. At the bottom of the plate, thick slices of sashimi tuna, drizzled in Matsuhisa dressing (which is soy sauce, finely chopped onion, mustard powder, sugar and a touch of sesame oil). Piled with greens and shaved radishes, carrots and cucumbers. This salad is a visual feast for both eyes and the palate. The dressing I have tried to replicate but have failed many many times.

Salmon new style sashimi – this is another favourite of mine. Hot oil is poured over seasoned raw fish, creating a half raw-half cooked preparation that melts softly in the mouth. Well executed and divine! I could have seriously eaten a whole plate on my own (not that I am greedy or anything!)

That should conclude all the ‘cold’ dishes, so now to the warmer dishes.

Shrimp and lobster with spicy lemon sauce. I wouldn’t say it was spicy but the creamy lemon sauce was mixed with basil and was tossed with mushroom and lettuce. Not a favourite of mine but was not too bad.

Black cod miso – this is the famous Nobu black cod with miso dish. This dish was absolutely fantastic – the butteriness of the black cod is a perfect foil for the sweetness of the miso glaze, and when the outside sugars are properly caramelized and the inside, soft and moist…. This dish so lived up to the hype. It was perfectly prepared and a favourite amongst the eaters that night.

Soft shell crab harumaki – another words, soft shell crab spring roll. This dish didn’t really do it for me. I thought it was a bit oily and tasteless – I have had better soft shell crab elsewhere. The soft shell crap spring roll I thought was pretty tasteless, the dollop of sauce made it more interesting but still was not the best – and I love soft shell crab!

US prime beef tataki steak – this dish really surprised me – it was EXTREMELY good! The dish came out in a hot pot – sizzling. The beef was still medium rare – blue you can probably say and it was so tender and juicy it melted in your mouth. The sauce was a little sweet – tastes a bit like sweet soy sauce and was a great step up from the soft shell crab!

That concluded the main part of the night. We thought of dessert – and no we weren’t joking! We ordered chocolate and raspberries and chocolate bento box.

Nobu chocolate and raspberries – two plates came out and I was like ‘my gawd – will we finish it’. I can’t believe I even had doubts! Of course we finished if – there is always room for desserts right? 2 plates of 6 triangular chocolates came out, both with raspberries, pistachios sprinkled with raspberry sauce and dollops of chocolate sauce. The presentation was just too pretty to eat! I tried only one triangular chocolate as I was eye-ing my chocolate bento box…

 

Nobu Chocolate bento box – I have had this one before so knew what to expect. It is one of my favourite desserts of all time. It comes in a bento box (hence the name) and it’s a chocolate fondant with green tea icecream. The chocolate fondant was warm and when cut, warm chocolate oozed out of it. The green tea icecream was creamy and delish! The combination of warm chocolate oozing, chocolate cake and creamy green tea icecream was absolutely perfect! This dessert totally completed the meal at Nobu.

It wasn’t the cheapest meal we had, but it was worth every cent. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and we were lucky enough to see the light show from Kownloon. Definitely recommend this place for somewhere fancy or for some sort of celebration!

GA’s rating: 8/10

Nobu

18 Salisbury Road,

Kowloon, Hong Kong
Ph:+852  2721 1211