My husband and I did the seafood buffet 1 night on our recent stay. It was mid week so the price was $79 per person. Weekend it is $89. The reservation staff were nice, but I don't think 3 staff sitting at the front entrance to the resturant are required to take bookings and payments. The table staff were lovely, did their job very well. Drinks ordered came out promptly.
Sadly the food is not up to scratch. 5 star hotel resturants cannot get away with all you can eat raw king prawns, and trays of oysters and then charge as much as they do for a 'buffet'. Travelers who are Also foodies want impressive options in a buffet offering, by this I mean dishes that are fresh, and complex enough to challenge their kitchen staff. To explain:
There were roast meats that looked fine, but seriously they could have been cooked by anyone of us at home in our own ovens. The roast vegetables likewise. No embellishments, they looked like grandma cooked them.
Oysters kilpatrick were on offer but beware they do not use real bacon, only 'bacon bits'. Not acceptable and ruled this option out for me.
Very small antipasto meats and condiments on offer, again you could do a similar display by going over to Coles deli and selecting wisely.
I had the chicken curry with rice, no deep flavours, nothing special.
There was only One pasta dish on offer which perplexed me, a red curry! seafood penne, that looked dry and the seafood mix was obviously a frozen pre-mixed variety.
Sweets about 8 cake choices which were the long slice variety, a small step up from Sara lee bulk cake trays, pavlova, crumble and help yourself gelato/ice-cream.
This buffet needs a new direction, as I said it needs to be providing offerings that excite the chefs and the patrons, using fresh foods with embellishments with deep flavours. I have been to the grand Hyatt buffet in Melbourne that does just that, so it is possible!
I feel that if you are not into shelling large amounts of king prawns and slurping a large amount of fresh oysters then you are sponsoring the gluttony of others that do by attending this buffet.
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