Showing posts with label buffet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label buffet. Show all posts

Friday, May 11, 2012

Panorama at Crowne Plaza Hotel

Panaroma restaurant, located on level 23 of the Crowne Plaza hotel, offers more than tasty international dishes, but a stunning panoramic view of Bangkok as well.  This year, it was voted as one of Thailand's best restaurants by elite magazine Thailand Tatler.  Diners have the options between intercontinental buffet or a la carte, we went for the buffet lunch today.  

Monday, March 26, 2012

Elegant Buffet rampage: Seafood buffet at Espresso, Intercontinental Hotel Bangkok

How am I not obese by now??

With all the buffet I've been eating this whole month.  Here's another one.  After years of pleading and begging, I finally had to "honour" to dine at Espresso.  Located at 5-star luxury hotel, the Intercontinental, Espresso offers a variety of international cuisines with focus on seafood and modern fusion fare.  There are also vast variety of European, Japanese and Chinese fare elegantly presented.  There was a pasta station and I think the chef was actually Italian!  This is just based on his appearance and my assumption, of course.  Like, how much more authentic does that get??  

 It's definitely one of the best hotel buffet in Bangkok with superior ingredients, large and appealing selections, and very tasty all around.  A word of advice, if you see something you like, only grab 1 piece only and take a few bites.  Maybe explore all your options first before you get suckered into getting a large plate of something.  You will regret getting full too soon then discovering something better!

Here's a recap of what went down.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Elegant Buffet: Lunch buffet at the Rain Tree Cafe, Plaza Athenee Bangkok

This week is going to be a heavy one on my stomach as we are packing 2 days of lunch buffet.  The first one was at Plaza Athenee Bangkok, and the next one this Saturday will be at Intercontinental hotel.      It's a bonus that both of these places are 5-star luxury hotels renowned for their elegant, yet satisfying buffet :D
I was very impressed with the buffet at the Rain Tree Cafe.  While the selections may not be as extensive as other hotel buffet, but the details and execution are definitely superior.  In comparison to Dusit Thani, Landmark hotel, even Centara Grand, I find that the quality is much higher and the food is tastier than most.  Here's the photo recap of the buffet.  

Cheese and charcuterie
Assortment of fine cheeses
Freshly sliced prociutto 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Elegant buffet: Afternoon Tea Buffet at Sukhothai Bangkok hotel

Following my pleasant truffle making class with swiss chef, Laurent Ganguillet at the prestigious 5-star hotel, Sukhothai Bangkok, we were directed for an afternoon of leisure and afternoon tea.   Only available Fridays and weekends, this is no ordinary afternoon tea, but an extensive buffet with 2 separate halls, one for savoury one for desserts.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Centara Grand Hotel buffet: Wagyu beef & free flow wine

Every night Centara Grand opens up not one, but two restaurants for one epic buffet.  Together, Ginger and the World offer a real trip for diners to get the finest fares from around the word.  Located across each other, the restaurants are a fair distance to get to and each being extremely spacious.  Ginger offers mainly Japanese and Chinese cuisines.  At the other side, the World offers Thai, Indian, and intercontinental cuisines, a salad and raw bar, as well as a large selection of fine desserts.  There is a different feature to the buffet almost every night.  Thursday night is wagyu beef night.  Meat lovers, you can't miss this deal.
The first of many to come

Thursday, October 27, 2011

AYCE Ninkazu x Richmond Sushi

Ever since my college years ended, I was totally out of the AYCE japanese restaurants phase.  It's not just a fact that I could pack a lot more in back then than I do now, but also the fact that I found a new appreciation in quality over quantity.  Once in a while though, when the mood is right, I would still go on a sushi binging trip and devour everything in sight.  I have already conquered E-Bei and Shabusen many moons ago, and wanted to try somewhere new.  So, I visited the 2 popular AYCE places in Richmond; Ninkazu and the longstanding Richmond Sushi.  Of course, I went to the 2 restaurants weeks apart.  Doing AYCE twice in one week is a bit much for me to handle. 


Deluxe all you can eat dinner for $22.95

Service was...meh, to say the least.  Not friendly, not anything, just seemed very robotic.  The menu seemed to me to be more attractive and "decked out" than most AYCE places.

So here's what we ordered:
Sushi, sashimi, rolls, and cones.

First thing's first: the sashimi were thick cuts, especially the tuna.  My pet peeve is being served frozen fish.  I understand that they were frozen prior, but I really don't enjoy biting into blocks of ice that was supposed to be standard cut sashimi.   It should not be served that way.  The tuna belly was somewhat mushy and didn't have the nice fatty, buttery texture that makes it special.  The korean salmon sashimi was soaked in some kind of sweet soy sauce with sesame oil.

I actually enjoyed their maki rolls, a lot.  The soft-shell crab and their dynamite roll were not overloaded with rice, but made fresh and very crispy inside.  The cones, on the other hand, were heavily filled with rice with a teeny bit of filling.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Warming up at Little Sheep Hot Pot

I love hot pot in the fall/winter time.

Cooking raw meat, dumplings and vegetables in a hearty broth one at a time warms you right to the soul.  And it feels pretty healthy, up until you dunk the freshly cooked meat into a sauce and fully coat it with oil. Hot pot is a meal which brings people together, whether it be family or friends as it is often a fairly large meal which may take quite some time to finish.  As conversations take place while you wait for the food to cook, you may find yourself ordering more food after discovering the food you were waiting on have already disappeared before you get to it.  But I guess it's also about the joy of sharing food. In the end, you can always count on leaving overstuffed and happy every time.

Located in Landsdowne Mall in Richmond, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, a large hot pot enterprise from Batou has become one of the busiest hot pot places in Richmond.  With a large dining space, a sufficient number of staff and quick service, as well as fair amount of quality control of ingredients have made first time comers into returning customers.  Our party arrived around 7 pm on a Thursday and had AYCE dinner which, at the end, came up to almost $30 per person.

What makes a hot pot place stand out from the rest?

I feel it's a combination of factors; freshness of ingredients, price, cleanliness does matter (I know some hole in the wall places that are amazing but I wonder about how clean it is sometimes).  Most importantly, it's probably the broth that makes each hotpot place unique. We chose half of Little Sheep's famous original herbal soup and half of the spicy version.   Both broths were flavourful and filled with unique herbs you normally don't find at any other hot pot restaurants.  The spicy broth had more distinct cardamom spice flavour, which was aromatic, but became a bit overwhelming towards the end of the meal.  

Needless to say, hot pot is not spectacular without its side kick, sauce!  There is a condiment station where you can get as creative as you like in making your own sauce.

While having a long hot meal session such as this, I needed a cool refreshment to keep me going.  Arrived the $2 refillable plum drink.  It was a little bit tart and sweet, a very nice and refreshing concoction to go with the heavy duty meal.

The verdict:
Our party had a fairly good experience at Little Sheep.  The food was fresh, and the broth was unique and delicious.  The house made dumplings and various seafood balls were tasty as well. We did not have any issues with service.  Although they were not the friendliest, they worked quite quickly in clearing the dishes, filling our drinks, and did not give us a time limit to finish our meal.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lunch buffet at Atrium, Landmark hotel

One of the great things about hotels in Asia is the buffet selections.  Hotels in North America generally only offer buffet for breakfast or on weekends but if you go to any 3-5 star hotels in Asia, you will find that buffets are offered 3 times a day in most places.  The quality, selections, and price of the buffet vary from hotel to hotel but most 5 star hotels such as Mandarin Oriental, Intercontinental Bangkok, or Four Seasons will not disappoint but generally come with higher price than most.  One of our family's favourite hotel buffet is the Atrium at the Landmark Hotel Bangkok.  They have a wide variety of food aisles from Japanese (more of their cuztomizable cones later) and Thai stations, order to made pasta, appetizers, soup and bread, cheese, salad, seafood, grill station, som tum (papaya salad - it's also customized to your preference), noodles soup, Western cuisine, meat (roast beef or lamb generally) and dessert.  Whew that was quite a long list.  The following are photo essays of what's available at the buffet.  So if you're in Bangkok and in the area, you should give Atrium a try, it's worth the value.

Satay, barbecue, and pasta station
Som Tum (papaya salad) station
Seafood cocktail station
Japanese station with sashimi, sushi, cold soba, tempura, and other Japanese delectibles

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sunday seafood buffet at Oru

With summer finally arriving here in BC, I must admit I had been slacking a lot with my posts and being out enjoying the sun.   Since long weekend festivities are finally out of the way, I hope to get back on track with my regular posting soon.  Over a week ago, I had the opportunity to try the Sunday seafood buffet at Oru, an Asian-Western fusion restaurant located at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  Just started in June, the buffet offers a blend of flavors from all over Asia.  Despite Oru posting their menu online and I already read it prior, I still had hoped there was more variety of seafood fare being offered.    I was still excited, nonetheless.  Without further ado, here is the recap of the offerings.
The first of many to arrive
a small mountain and many more to come..

Tuna belly and salmon
Salad bar - selections of refreshing summer salads (Asian pear and fennel, cold soba noodles and duck, baby green salad, etc).  But those are low priority on the list, of course.
Cold seafood station - Now we're talking.  Mountains of poached prawns, Alaskan king crab legs and snow crab claws, smoked salmon, sushi, and raw oysters.  The snow crab claws and the raw oysters were my favorite.  Endless batch of freshly shucked oysters, I felt bad for the poor gentleman at the station shucking these little guys that kept disappearing all night long.  Though there was a variety of sushi, the quality was only satisfactory.   Of course it won't rival with actual sushi restaurants. They weren't terrible, but the rice was dry and hard and the freshness of sashimi was only so-so. 

Salads as intermission, or palette cleansers

Hot food station - Aside from the mussels and the butter chicken (surprisingly), I found the rest of their cooked food were thoroughly disappointing.  Poached sable fish was bland and mushy, halibut was also flavorless, and the paella was really dry.  What a waste.  I would recommend sticking to filling up on the cold seafood.

After a few more rounds...

Dessert time!
feeding frenzy is musical chair-like
Despite being full up to my neck, I have to say that I really enjoyed most, if not all, of their delectable treats.  From chocolate fondue, to caramel mousse cake, coffee creme, red velvet cake, panacotta cup, YUM <3!! I pretty much started another meal all over again.  Hands down, they were delicious.

The verdict...
I have to say it was only okay.  I would recommend stocking up at the raw bar, the mussels and desserts only.  Now that I know what it's about, I'm not sure if I would be so keen on returning, or simply find other seafood restaurants that would give you a better bang for your buck.

Oru at Fairmont Pacific Rim on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wasting money at Dusit Thani Hotel Bangkok

While on our way to finding dinner one evening, my parents decided to make a quick stop over at Dusit Thani Bangkok, a 5 star hotel located in the heart of downtown Bangkok.  My family has been visiting the hotel frequently ever since my sisters and I were little.  Last year, the hotel suffered heavily from the civil unrest and has renovated since.  We were off to a bad start that night just by pulling into the parking lot.  As my dad signalled his car to park for a spot, the parking lot security let a Mercedes that came out of nowhere after us to steal our spot instead.  I think we were all frustrated and wanted to start a riot, or at least say something. But since we didn't think it was worth our time, especially when the parking security seemed to be absolutely clueless and oblivious, we brushed it off and walked down to Dusit Gourmet to pick up some breakfast sandwiches.  While I love their delicious seafood and prociutto sandwiches, I remember hating the arrogant, indifferent customer (no) service based on our experiences ever since the previous year I was visiting.  Basically, once their gourmet bakery goes on sale at a certain time (whenever they feel like), they start treating customers like second class citizens instead.  Alas, I was still standing there, waiting to get those yummy sandwiches for half price and receiving the usual cold attitude service.

Dusit Gourmet


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Shattering dreams: Intercontinental Brunch

So ever since I have been in Thailand since December, I have my mind set on the legendary Sunday brunch at Intercontinental hotel in Bangkok.  After seeing and hearing stories about the epic luxurious brunch with Moet champaign free flow for,*gasp*,  $75, I kinda made it a mission for my visit.  HOWEVER, 5 months later, still no such brunch due to conflicting schedules.  Now that I finally have the time, the red shirt mob or the UDD have managed to prevent my dream from actualizing.  The hotel is forced to close from the public indefinitely.  Seeing how the civil unrest is going, I don't think the possibility of me going to Intercontinental hotel for a Sunday brunch and enjoying myself will happen anytime soon. Bye bye food.... Bye bye Moet.......