Want a little bit of dim sum with your sushi, some yakitori with Boston crab legs and double-boiled soup to wash down your noodles with? At the best hotel buffets in Hong Kong, you can. Here are our picks.
The Conrad’s Garden Cafe offers not one, not two, but three separate buffet spreads throughout the day. There’s lunch and dinner, plus a free-flow afternoon tea spread on weekends and public holidays too. Like any hotel buffet worth its salt, there’s a whole host of jet-fresh seafood up for grabs at lunch and dinner — think lobster, clams and snow crab legs. There’s also an outdoor barbecue that features the likes of mini-burgers, pork rib, chicken wings and tiger prawn. Look out for the giant baked Alaska that’s rolled out at 8.30pm.
When: 12pm-2:30pm, 6pm-10:30pm daily; 3pm-5.30pm on weekends and public holidays.
How Much: $368 on weekdays and $418 on weekends for lunch; $558 from Monday-Thursday and $638 from Friday-Sunday for dinner; $298 for tea buffet.
Lower Lobby Level, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2822-8890.
Things are constantly changing at the Island Shangri-la’s cafe TOO: Every month, you can expect a taste of different flavors from around the world. You’ll also find a teppan — a Japanese iron griddle station — whipping up Australian wagyu beef. Plus, dig into scallop sashimi, sea urchin, and Boston lobsters from the seafood counter. Asian favorites include xiaolongbao, Chinese double-boiled soup as well as tasty curry offerings. Go baller with a semi-private room seating 12, and don’t forget to save space for dessert — cakes, pastries and 10 ice cream flavors await. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner sessions are all available.
When: 7am-10:30am daily; 12pm-2:30pm, Monday-Friday; 6:30pm-10pm, Monday-Thursday; 12pm-3pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm, 3:30pm-5:30pm, weekends and public holidays.
How Much: $388 on weekdays and $478 on weekends for lunch; $638 from Monday-Thursday and $698 on weekends, public holidays and the evening before public holidays for dinner; $308 for afternoon tea.
7/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2820-8571.
Seafood lovers, take note: at Yamm at The Mira, signature Boston lobsters are freshly steamed every single day. Take your pick from staples like cheese and cold cuts, as well as sushi and sashimi spreads, beef carving and yakitori stations, and melted cheese raclette. Live cooking stations offer seasonal highlights, including the likes of jet-fresh oysters, uni, and even bird’s nest.
When: 6:30am-10:30am daily; 12pm-2:30pm, weekdays 6:30pm-10pm, weekdays; 11:30am-2:45pm, 6:30pm-10pm, weekends.
How Much: $308 on weekdays and $368 on Saturdays for lunch; $438 on Sundays for brunch; $668 from Monday-Thursday and $718 for weekends and public holidays for dinner.
G/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315-5111.
The W’s glitzy restaurant Kitchen, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, rustles up different dishes depending on the day of the week, and the offerings are also seasonal — but you can always expect a wholesome spread featuring everything from eggs Benny to seafood dishes. Expect a constantly changing spread with Southeast Asian, Japanese and Mediterranean specialties. Make sure you check out the Bloody Mary station!
When: 12pm-2:30pm on weekdays.
How Much: $318.
6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, 3717-2299.
At The InterCon’s Harbourside, you’ll find the a plethora of Asian and western dishes — all served up with a great view of the harbor. Aside from your usual suspects of fresh salads, cheeses and cold cuts, there’s a noodle station featuring everything from laksa with lobster crawl and freshly made pastas. Plus, make a beeline for a cooking station churning out a rotation of tempura, Peking duck, or famed Malaysian pork rib dish bak kut teh. Treat yourself to one of the 45 (!) desserts on offer. At dinner, hearty dishes like USDA rib-eye, Norwegian golden cod, pan-fried foie gras and a live cooking station featuring fresh seafood stews are the order of the day, in addition to all the other good stuff you get at lunch.
When: 12pm-2:30pm, weekdays, Saturdays and public holidays (champagne brunch on Sundays).
How Much: $448 on weekdays; $508 on Saturdays; $548 on public holidays.
LG/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2313-2323.
The MO’s Clipper Lounge offers breakfast and dinner spreads, and you’d better turn up with an empty stomach. At dinner the hors d’oeuvres menu alone features nine different options — from cherry tomato and baby mozzarella to poached salmon with fennel and orange salad. There are also sushi and sashimi, seafood and cheese selections, plus a lobster pasta station, meats from the carvery, and chafing dishes like sauteed prawns and poached clam. There are more than 20 desserts, too.
When: 6:30am-10am, weekdays; 6:30am-10:30am, 6:30pm-10pm, weekends and public holidays.
How Much: $328 daily for breakfast. $588 for from Monday-Thursday and $628 on Fridays, weekends, public holidays and the evening before public holidays for dinner.
M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, 2825-4007.
The Four Seasons’ Blue Bar isn’t just about great cocktails (although it does those pretty well too). Its lunch buffet changes constantly — choose from a selection of cheeses, sushi, deli plates, seafood dishes as well as Italian carving and five types of salads, which come with the likes of crabmeat and scallops, tuna belly and baby squid, and octopus and smoked mussel, just to name a few. For carb cravings, there are bruschetta available daily.
When: 7am-10:30am and 12pm-2:30pm daily.
How Much: $330 daily for breakfast (walk-in only). $355 on weekdays and $380 on weekends for lunch.
Lobby, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, 3196-8830.
The Ritz-Carlton’s sky-high Cafe 103 restaurant puts on a lunch and dinner spread daily. At lunch, take your pick of foods from seafood and salad bars, a foie gras station, a sashimi counter and dim sum, plus carvings like roasted organic pork shoulder or roasted lamb leg. If that’s not enough to satisfy you, there’s also a selection of western dishes (white wine-poached salmon, braised wagyu beef cheek) or Chinese classics, like wok-fried prawn in XO sauce. Dinner offers much of the same, with the addition of a live noodle station. There is just about every condiment under the sun to go with what you choose — perfect for the picky eater.
When: 12pm-2pm, weekdays; 12pm-2:30pm, weekends and public holidays for lunch. 6:30pm-10pm daily for dinner.
How Much: $398 on weekdays and $598/$798 on weekends and public holidays for lunch. $798 on weekdays and $838 on weekends and public holidays for dinner.
103/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, 2263-2270.
Inspired by Hong Kong’s wet markets, The Market at Hotel ICON cooks up Chinese dishes, alongside international delicacies. So here you’ll find double-boiled soup and Hainanese chicken rice sitting next to slow-cooked Norwegian smoked salmon, sushi, and sashimi.
When: 12pm-2:30pm and 6:30pm-10pm on weekdays; 11:45am-2:30pm, 3pm-5pm and 6:30pm-10pm on weekends and public holidays.
How Much: $338 on weekdays and $488 on weekends and public holidays for lunch; $658 on weekdays and $698 on weekends for dinner. $328 for afternoon tea (weekends only).
2/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3400-1388.
The Cordis has a pretty awesome spread at The Place, a sun-drenched lobby space with an international selection. Choose from crispy stuffed pork belly, bouillabaisse and seafood paella, just to name a few of the truly diverse dishes. The Place gets filled up on weekdays with the office crowd and hungry shoppers nearby, so come early.
When: 12pm-2:30pm, 6.30pm-9.45pm daily.
How Much: $318 on weekdays; $388 on weekends.
Lobby, 4/F, Cordis Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, 3552-3028.