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Feast, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

Feast is the hotel restaurant at Island East which is located in Taikoo Shing. I have been here a couple of times, and have been rather impressed both times.  Not to mention, Island East hotel has a pretty cool rooftop bar called Sugar which is stunning at night.

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The restaurant is very spacious and I LOVE the glass windows which gives the restaurant natural light. ‘The Mother’ and I were here for lunch, a very late lunch. There’s buffet or a la carte, and we both opt for the latter. The menu was vast, and it ranges from Asian and Western. You name it, they had it – fried rice, Hainan chicken rice, burgers, salads and many more. We started with some bread – I do love good fresh bread!

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the Hainan Chicken rice, and it was the MOST EXPENSIVE Hainan Chicken rice he has ever had. The presentation was excellent and it was delicious, however, at HKD200+, I think it was pricey for what it is.

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I on the other hand was craving a burger – beef burger with bacon and cheese with salad on the side and fries. The pattie was tender and with melted cheese and bacon, it was a pretty excellent burger and it was cheaper than ‘The Mother’s’ Hainan Chicken rice! It was exactly what I needed that day, and even Dragon has some of the pattie.

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We came back here a few weeks later, to try the afternoon tea buffet. Choices of sandwiches, salads, dim sum, waffles and crepes.

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The dessert station had a lot of option; unfortunately most of them had nuts in them which were a shame. Probably a good thing, which meant that I couldn’t eat a lot of them!

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My first plate consisted of Caesar salad, ham cheese and mustard on focaccia, sundried tomato and tahini on toast, and char siu bau. My second plate was very similar.

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‘The Mother’ opt for wonton noodles, which was pretty tasty.

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For dessert, I opt for the healthier option of fruits and some bread and butter pudding which I couldn’t resist.

Service was excellent, and food was pretty good. I do however prefer the a la carte menu as I can never eat too much at buffet and feel that I never get my money’s worth. However, in saying that, the buffet was about HKD300 including drinks which wasn’t too bad.

‘The Mother’ definitely enjoyed it, and so did Dragon.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Feast

1/F, EAST,

29 Taikoo Sing Road,

Tai Koo Shing, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 3968 3777

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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

Sante at Crown Casino, Melbourne

I am usually not a big fan of buffet, not because of the food – I have had some fantastic buffet, however, it’s the amount of food that I can’t consume for the price. I have paid $40+ for buffet and only eat one or two plates. People, including my parents would say that I don’t eat my money’s worth of food and they are probably right. Usually after the second plate, I am done. I have been with friends, and they can eat a minimum of four plates and by four plates, I mean four MOUNTAIN of food per plate.

It was a Friday evening, I hadn’t planned anything , which was a big big mistake, as I wasn’t sure what time we would be back from our road trip. We rocked up to Warung Agung, Indonesian restaurant, apparently famous for their suckling pig but they were fully booked and could not fit us in till 9.30pm! None of us could have waited till then. We were starved. I even tried calling my friend to pull some strings at his restaurant, but it was a Friday night and rightly so, should have given him more notice.

So hungry, we drove to the casino looking for food. Mum suggested Sante, buffet, $26pp and I was surprised how good it was. Considering it was the week of Chinese New Year, they had a Chinese theme. They also had western food – roast pork – no doubt I had at least two servings of this! It was tender and succulent.

First plate: combination of everything as I was starved! Western and Chinese food on the one plate! Roast pork, chicken satay, tofu stir fry and beef brisket. The beef brisket was seriously delicious – think it was the combination of hunger and the fact that it was tasty!

So tasty that I had a second plate, and that was pretty much all I ate. See – not worth it! Quite pathetic effort huh?

The rest of the family had about three plates, which was a lot better.

I wanted to make room for dessert!

For dessert, I couldn’t go pass the apple strudel – moist, warm with sweet stewed apple. It was wonderful. The carrot cake was lovely, again very moist and served at room temperature. However, my favaourite were the mini coconut and pandan pancakes – wow! I’m not usually a huge fan of coconut but it was subtle, the pancakes were made freshly on the spot and warm. Eaten with the apple from the strudel and ice cream it was the perfect way to end the meal.

The green jelly I thought was so so. I thought at first it was kue lapis, but unfortunately it wasn’t. They had a variety of desserts, ranging from mud cakes to ice cream to brownies and many more. However, my favourite was definitely the mini pandan and coconut pancakes.

The service at Sante was good, plates were taken as soon as you were done. The food was surprisingly good and for $26pp it really isn’t too shabby. It wouldn’t be my first choice of restaurant at the casino, but we were starved, and I was getting angry. Three course meal with lots of variety, you can’t go wrong with that!

Stuffed like a chicken, we wondered down to the casino and tried our luck!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Sante

Crown Entertainment Complex

8 Whiteman St

Southbank 3006, Melbourne

Ph: +61 3 9292 5132

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Indonesian themed buffet @ Kudos, Crowne Plaza

I have been craving a lot of Indonesian food lately, partly because I miss it. In Sydney, I would have it at least twice a week, either Mum’s delicious cooking or we would go out to an Indonesian restaurant. So when J mentioned that Kudos, a restaurant in Crowne Plaza, was having an Indonesian themed buffet, I couldn’t resist but say yes! I was glad that it wasn’t just Indonesian food that evening, (you’ll see why) but there were also Japanese, Western and Seafood!

Since it was ‘Indonesian’ themed buffet, I thought I would start with the Indonesian dishes.  My first plate of food consisted of Sate Ayam (chicken) and babi (pork), which was ok, the sauce was quite authentic, the chicken tender but thought the pork was a tad dry. The beef rendang was extremely weird, they didn’t use beef chunks or tendons, but beef ribs? The sauce was curry like, and the beef were a little dry and chewy. The fruit rujak which consists of cucumber, pineapple, tofu were incredibly yummy. I think the fruit rujak was definitely my favourite on that plate!

R got a bowl of sop sapi (beef soup), it looked ok but it didn’t taste ‘ok’. It was extremely watery and consist of MSG – a LOT of MSG, ‘MSG hot water’ was what they should have called it! I couldn’t even drink the soup – it was that bad.

They had perkedel – it looked good but it was far from ‘good’. It was made from vermicelli and tofu! The texture was weird, this is not how perkedel is made! I was far from impressed.

R and J tried the gado-gado, I didn’t even bother trying it as it looked extremely unappetizing and I was right. They both said it was horrible.

Considering how unimpressed I was with the Indonesian food, I decided to try something else, Seafood! The salmon sashimi and tuna sashimi were incredibly fresh and tasty! The smoke salmon, mussels, olives were delicious – not eaten together of course, but a lot better than the Indonesian dishes!

Marinated mushroom with mozzarella cheese was fantastic. Topped with sundried tomato and pesto, it was a simple but yet satisfying dish.

The oysters were fresh, I could have easily eaten a dozen of these. However, they were brought out to us and I only managed to eat one! The shot glass was pan fried scallop with cauliflower and corn puree. I thought the scallop was a little dry, over cooked, but the cauliflower puree was creamy and delicious with a hint of corn.

R, J and Sc had a bowl of wontons, I was getting full and was ready for dessert, however, managed to steal a wonton from R and tried the soup. The wontons were great but soup I thought was too salty.

Now… desserts…. Ketan item, which is black rice pudding. The black rice was extremely dry and hard, even with the coconut. I only had one mouthful, it wasn’t great unfortunately.

R and I thought we would get a mixture of shot glasses desserts. R got the tall glasses and I got the short glasses. On R’s plate, cendol, which was ordinary, the cendol was hard and too sweet for my liking. The tall shot glasses – chocolate mousse – oh my gosh – it was absolutely delicious, chocolatey, creamy and smooth! Then mango pudding – was way too sweet. The red syrup with de coco was also a little too sweet for my liking.

The short shot glasses (starting from the left) – guava jelly, not a huge fan, as I am not a fan of guava. Mango jelly with fresh mango was ok, nothing special, and last but not least, the blueberry custard, I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was sweet and creamy! The sourness from the blueberries gave it a nice touch.

This was the first highlight of the evening – pisang goreng – fried banana fritters. I miss Mum’s pisang goreng! I am embarrassed to admit this, but I am quite certain I had 3 servings of this. The fritters were hot, banana moist and sprinkled with cinnamon it was absolutely delicious. Oh how I missed thee!

The second and last highlight of the evening – Movenpick ice cream! I was stuffed by this stage but couldn’t help myself to a couple spoons of J’s. OH MY… Movenpick! J put chocolate sprinkles on his chocolate ice cream and my my…  He kept giving me dirty looks as he was on the phone and I was eating all his ice cream! Sorry J! But who doesn’t like ice cream right?

It wasn’t the best buffet I have had, and at HKD 400 (or close to it) you would expect it to be ‘good’. I was far from impressed with the Indonesian food, especially since they claimed the flew in a famous Indonesian chef. For me, the highlights would have to be the non-Indonesian dishes and the desserts, especially the – pisang goreng and Movenpick ice cream.

It was great catching up with J, R, Sc and G. The bad thing about going to a buffet (or some might say a good thing) is that you tend to over eat, which I am sure we all did!

GA’s ratings: 5 / 10

Kudo’s

Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay

8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 3980 3980