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“Sticker Shock”

Seasonal Tastes (The Westin Beijing Chaoyang)
Ranked #457 of 12,698 Restaurants in Beijing
Price range: $32 - $73
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Yansha
Description: Seasonal Tastes is our bright and lively all-day restaurant with a variety of cooking stations offering international fare. It is also home to our immensely popular Bubbalicious Sunday Brunch and Westin’s signature SuperFoodsRx™ breakfast.
Beijing, Beijing, China
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Sticker Shock”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

We wanted to have a blow out brunch in Beijing. It was Saint Patrick's Day and I was in the mood for lots of variety, Western delicacies (cheese!), brunch and other dishes all washed down with champagne. Having done my research, I knew we were going to spend a pretty yuan for the privilege. But the reviews I had read talked about 350 RMB per person, about $60. The bill was for over 1,000 RMB or $170 US dollars for a brunch and one of us is fifteen years old! Inflation? Okay, but 30% inflation? It was good enough for us to wish to go back, but at these prices it will have to remain a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you do go, ask the friendly waiters for some hot melted butter for your lobster and crab claws. They were happy to oblige. Make sure to try the Peking Duck, dim sum and various curried items but skip the pot-roasty version of standing rib roast. Pace yourself, there is no way you can try even half of the offerings. Beautiful set up, lovely music, luxurious is the best word to sum it all up. As an ironic footnote, the hostess did ask us if we knew the price as she led us to our table. I said yes, based on my Internet research.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Billiemunoz
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Westin_Chaoyang, Manager at Seasonal Tastes (The Westin Beijing Chaoyang), responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for visiting our Bubbalicious Sunday Brunch and sharing your feedback with us. We're happy to know that you have enjoyed the food and the service, and we'll work even harder to ensure your future visit remains the same memorable.

Kind regards,

Hotel management
The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
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English first
Beijing, Beijing, China
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“good and bad things”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

We've been to the bubbalicious brunch last sunday.
We got a great table next to the buffet, if you are not in the corridor, you should like the setup.
You can get as much champagne as you want, and it's a rather fair one (Moet et Chandon). Red wine from california (also free flow) was surprisingly good also.
Lamb shank was gooooood. Desserts buffet is one of the best i've seen (including haribo sweets).
Oysters were tasteless, not reacting at all to lemon (a good oyster should have a reaction when you pour lemon on its side, it means its still alive somehow). I saw the guy preparing the oysters, he washed all of them in the same basin.. You do not wash an open oyster, but just let the water out! And worse than that, not in the same basin.. if one is bad, the water will contaminate all the others.
Crab was OK, I enjoyed the flower crab quite much with wasabi mayonnaise. Sashimi cuts were not great (so so taste and cheewy cut) but hey the sea is not next door, so let's accept that.
Beef strip loin was well cooked, not very tender but reasonably tasty.

What was not OK is that out of the 8 adults 6 got sick on the next day... food poisoning. For info non-sick people seem to have skipped seafood (specially oysters/crabs). So you guys at Westin want to take a look at that... We can't be 100% sure it is related to Westin for sure, but the conicidence is rather high to suspect the brunch (I've not shared any other lunch dinner with these people before and after). That was quite a dissapointment...

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank EmmanuelL253
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Westin_Chaoyang, Manager at Seasonal Tastes (The Westin Beijing Chaoyang), responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know your feedback on our Bubbalicious Sunday Brunch. We're glad to know that you have enjoyed the buffet setup, the champagne and wine, the dessert station and other dishes. Your comments regarding the oyster and seafood has been forwarded to the culinary department, and please rest assured that the team will take trainings and actions to make sure the strict hygiene standard will be always followed and maintained.

We wish all the best to you and your friends, and look forward to welcoming you back again.

Kind regards,
Hotel management
The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
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Nanjing, China
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Amazing brunch, and kids go well looked after too”
Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

I echo the other reviews. Amazing range of great food, with free flowing wine and champagne.
The kids are looked after, and the activities and staff kept them entertained all afternoon.
Highly recommend if you want a lazy Sunday afternoon in Beijing.

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Thank ajphelps
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Westin_Chaoyang, Manager at Seasonal Tastes (The Westin Beijing Chaoyang), responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your Bubbalicious experience, we're glad to know that you had enjoyed a great time at our Sunday Brunch.

Rest assured that we will continue to elevate our services to ensure that your future visits remain memorable.

Best regards,
Management team,
The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
“Bubbalicious brunch”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Went by myself and had a fabulous afternoon. My glass of Moët was never empty and there was lots of delicious food and of a surprising quality for buffet. Lots of ex pats and kids but relatively well behaved and well looked after by the staff.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Ellie H
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Westin_Chaoyang, Hotel Management at Seasonal Tastes (The Westin Beijing Chaoyang), responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Dear reviewer,

Thank you for sharing your Bubbalicious experience with our friends at tripadvisor.com and we are happy that you rated us so highly.

We will continue to elevate our services to ensure that your future visits remain memorable.

Be Well, Be Westin!
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Global
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A breakfast buffet like no other I have seen in the world...”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

A global mix of food.. Crowded breakfast -- but if you try to get a table closer to the windows, it does not feel as "full."

Visited October 2012
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Thank BusTraveler40
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Westin_Chaoyang, Hotel Management at Seasonal Tastes (The Westin Beijing Chaoyang), responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us at Seasonal Tastes and we will continue to elevate our services to ensure that your future visits remain memorable.

Thank you again and the team and I look forward in being of service again in the future.

Be Well, Be Westin!
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