There was some concern following the departure of long-time executive chef Billy Raper. Forget that - the room is still in good hands. Yesterday we, a party of three, partook of the Easter Buffet.
It was an excellent choice.
However, we started off on a less than auspicious note - our phoned reservation for the room had vanished and so we were relegated to the Ballroom. If you have young kids or just enjoy loud renditions of the 'Chicken Dance' this the place to be. Kids loved it. If you prefer a more sedate experience make sure you wind up in the Regency Room itself. Same food and service, but without the audio distractions.
First, the service - our waiter, Drew, was nothing short of exceptional. Period. He must have tasted much of what was on offer - his recommendations were right on. A new soup based upon Goat Cheese! was interesting, but probably an acquired taste. We will acquire it. From the multiple salads to the short ribs to the perfectly prepared and seasoned fish, it would be difficult to find a dish to complain about.
So instead I will suggest that it does the chefs a disservice to allow the piping-hot food to be served on cold plates. By the time you have returned to your seats some of the entrees are lukewarm at best.
Regency room deserts are always special - Easter was no exception. I especially enjoyed the rich, moist chocolate cake.
Summary - for the Roanoke area this buffet is a trifle pricey, but judging from our experience and the large number of diners I believe it's well worth it. Now if we could just have some warm plates.
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