Tag: buffet

Mango Festival – Hilton Hotel

A food festival is always going to be music to my ears, so when I was invited to come and try the mango festival at the Hilton Hotel, well, I was very excited indeed, number one because I love mangoes and number two because mangoes generally cost an arm and a leg here. Fruit themed buffets are really popular at the hotels here in Korea, and with strawberry season being over and Spring in the air, it is time for mangoes to take centre stage.

I would best describe the event as a mango themed afternoon tea. It costs 45,000 per person which includes access to the buffet for two hours, either 2:30-4:30, or 5:00 – 7:00, and all the mango tea and juice you can drink. The mango festival is located inside the lobby of the hotel rather than in one of their restaurants. Personally I quite enjoyed watching the hordes of guests going by as I’m quite partial a bit of people watching, whereas my friend didn’t appreciate it so much. I guess it depends on whether you like everyone looking at you or not, which I clearly do.

Once we had settled in and enjoyed a relaxing cup or two of tea it was time to check out the food. There was certainly quite a wide array of different sweet goods and a couple of savoury options. There are too many to mention but off the top of my head there were cronuts, mousse, tiramisu, tarts, meringue pie, macarons, vol a vents, cheesecakes, and ice cream. There were also of a couple of savoury options of meat balls and chicken legs which seemed like a bit of an afterthought.

There was plenty to choose from and we ended up trying most of the different items. To me the stand outs were the freshly fried Namsan Cronuts. There was a chef doing a demonstration of how to make them so these were fresh as can be. The cronuts were filled with mango creme patissiere and covered with mango frosting and a fresh strawberry. Being a child of the 80s I was also very happy to see a mango chicken vol a vent, I certainly ate more than my fair share.  I also really enjoyed the slices of fresh mango that were served at the chocolate fountain, I just wish they had more things to dip into it besides the fruit.

In regards to the rest of the offerings I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed. While I thought they offered a good selection of different desserts, they didn’t really do it in terms of flavour for me. They all looked pretty enough, but I would have enjoyed them sweeter and with a more intense mango flavour. I assume that their target audience is Koreans who don’t tend to like their desserts quite so sweet, but for me it was a bit of a miss. I left the buffet before my time was up, which unfortunately kind of says it all.

The Millennium Hilton is located at 50, Sowol-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Seoul Station (lines 1 & 4) and come out of exit 11. Follow the road around and take the third left, then walk straight. you will see the Millennium Hilton on the left hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-753-7788, or visit their website.

Sponsored Post – Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa

13182992_10154056579221142_587693888_n

As I told you on Monday, this week I am having some fun in the sun in Phuket. Today is my birthday and I’m turning 32, which is a little bit scary, so to deal with it I though being pampered in 5 star luxury while medicating myself with delicious tropical cocktails would just about soothe my nerves. Luckily for me and my bank balance I was invited to stay at the brand new Dream Phuket Hotel and Spa. The beautiful hotel is located on the North west coast of the island close to Layan beach. With several airlines now offering direct flights from Seoul to Phuket, it was amazingly easy to get here, just a hop, a skip, a plane, and a taxi ride away. (more…)

The Four Seasons – The Market Kitchen

IMG_5909

Last week my best friend from England came to pay me a visit. It’s been a couple of years since her last jaunt to the land of the morning calm so I wanted to make her trip extra special. A few weeks before I was very kindly invited to come and give the Four Seasons restaurants a try so I decided to save the champagne brunch at The Market Kitchen just for her. (more…)

Park Hyatt – Cornerstone

It’s not very often I get to go to super fancy meals at hotels, but my beloved’s birthday was just the occasion I needed to justify a pricey meal. So I scrubbed myself up and took my man out for a slap up meal. After scouring the net for hours  I’m pretty sure I checked out every hotel in the city to see if they offered an all you can drink champagne brunch like the ones we have enjoyed so many times in Hong Kong and Singapore, but there were none to be found. Then just when I had given up The Park Hyatt messaged me back and said they would be willing to give us free flow Laurent Perrier Champagne for an extra 30,000 per person, on top of their 100,000 brunch at the Cornerstone, which I considered totally worth it, Though as mentioned this was at our request, you will need to email the hotel directly to see if the offer is still available.

075

Once seated we were given a menu to choose from and a glass of champagne, which was the first of many. The standard menu includes a glass of champagne or cocktail, appetizer buffet, hot individual appetizers which are brought to your table, your choice of main course which included fish, steak, lobster, lamb, pork belly, a dessert buffet and tea and coffee. Not a bad way to spend 100,000 at all.

123 127

Once we had chosen our main course it was off to the buffet. TFB headed straight to the seafood bar. There wasn’t really a whole lot for me there but if you like oysters, expensive cuts of raw fish, and sushi made on the spot then I’m sure you’ll be in heaven.

130132

I was more interested in finding out what was happening at the salad bar. One of the chefs was making individual Caesar salads for anyone who wanted one which I thought a great idea. They also had a whole host of fresh salad ingredients so you could build your own and lots of lovely antipasti style veggies to add in. On the opposite side of the island there were a variety of hot and cold appetizers, and pastries and cereal for those who are still thinking about breakfast.

109107

Once seated with our platters filled with treats from the buffet the individual appetizers started to arrive. My favourite of the day was probably the poached egg on hash brown, but we also tried a creamy pumpkin soup,  foie gras with plum jam and celeriac puree, and a ricotta and eggplant penne. I liked the idea of getting extra dishes brought to us for our consumption, they added a touch of class that a buffet just can’t give.

167174

After we had enjoyed our starters our server asked if we were ready for the main course, TFB got the rack of lamb so for variety’s sake I got the lobster, which was lovely. My lobster was topped with a thick and rich hollandaise sauce, and served with potato puree and seasonal vegetables. I was very happy with my half lobster, a full one would have been way too much with all the other courses, and it always makes me feel special every time I eat it. I was graciously offered a piece of the lamb and found it absolutely divine. It was cooked to a perfectly medium rare as requested and served with the most glorious mint jelly I’ve ever had. It was one hell of a dish.

194183

After the main course we took a little break, before going to raid the cheese bar. They had about 5-6 different cheeses on offer (don’t ask me what they were) with a variety of crackers and olives etc. I was in love with the fresh honey comb they had which paired so perfectly with the light and sweet cheese selection. I actually enjoyed the cheese and honey combo so much I went back for seconds!

100200

After the cheese buffet you think I’d be full but no, I’m a power house, especially when drunk on unlimited champagne. After perusing the dessert cart I just asked for one of each, and we also got a couple of scoops of their homemade ice-cream too.

110115

The dessert platter was the perfect amount to share and we got to try a little bit of everything. Again none of the dessert names were listed but we were both quite taken with the crunch chocolate moose in the middle and the tiramisu. We also got a round of coffees to accompany our dessert which was a lovely way to end to the meal, along with a couple of pieces of their hand made chocolate bark.

229112

Overall we had a fantastic brunch and we left stuffed to the gills and delightfully giddy on too much champagne. The buffet we had will only be available until the end of the year as the restaurant is going to be renovated in January. But once the new restaurant opens the manager told me they are definitely planning to include a free flow champagne option on the new menu, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

155

The Park Hyatt is located at 606, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-552, South Korea. To get there take a train to Samseong Station (line 2) and come out exit 1. You should see the enterance on your right. The concierge will then pop you in the elevator and direct you to the restaurant. For more information you can call them on 02-2016-1220-1 or check out their website.

Texas de Brazil

166

When word gets around about a luxurious all you can eat Brazilian meat feast, it doesn’t me take long to drag my fat arse over there to give it a try. Nothing gets my juices flowing like the words “all you can eat meat.” A few years ago I was lucky enough to spend some time traveling in Brazil and feasting in the numerous rodizio restaurants was one of the highlights, so I was very interested to see how this one would compare. (more…)

Feast

10882314_10152971077526142_1830795984154697757_n

Last weekend I finally got around to using a voucher I won during Halloween at The Great Korean Beer Festival. I won second prize in the costume contest for my Chi-Maek (치맥) costume. I know always the bridesmaid, never the bride but still a prize is a prize. Included in my gift basket along with a selfie stick was a buffet lunch for two at Feast, to which I took the Fat Boyfriend along with me to enjoy. (more…)

Beijing & Singapore

newyear2015hd

Happy New Year everyone!!! Hope you are looking forward to 2015 as much as I am. I really think this year is going to be my year when everything in my life finally comes together.  I’m not usually one for resolutions, but I have some really cool new projects coming up later this year and I’m going to give up teaching to write full time which is a bit scary but you have to be in it to win it right?

Sorry if I have been a bit lax this past fortnight but I’ve been enjoying a well earned rest after such a busy year. I had an amazing vacation with TFB where we traveled to Beijing and Singapore, both really cool cities that I have never been to before and a wonderful way to end the year. (more…)

Bar Rouge

10155661_10152718237456142_5270677138992816035_n

Last week things got classy when we ventured to Rouge at the JW Marriott Hotel in Gangnam. We went there in celebration of my wonderful friend’s birthday. 5 nights a week Bar Rouge operates a wine buffet (really a buffet of wine). For a paltry sum of  45,000 you can eat and drink as much as your heart desires between the hours of 6pm – 9pm. That’s 3 hours of unadulterated drinking and gorging. Of course I lived up to my name and made sure I got my money’s worth. (more…)

Taj Palace – Seoul Food

10676366_10152687532446142_9153502606718241636_n

After the rousing success of our first Vlog about Amazing Thai, we gave into popular demand and made a second one about Taj Palace. I love Taj Palace because it always brings back great memories. It was one of the first restaurants I ever visited in Seoul, and at the time it was one of the only places serving lamb. Me and a large group of friends would come up from Cheongju and hit the buffet hard before a big night out. I reviewed the buffet a couple of years ago, the food is still as delicious as ever, but I think we can safely say my photography skills have come along way since then.

If you want to see what Jason and I got up to then check out the video here. We were lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour and Chef Ramesh cooked up a real feast for us, he actually managed to include all of my favourites, so I was one happy camper indeed.

10374874_10152687532806142_2116455415382705646_n-e1411714080967.jpg

The first dish we got was Butter Chicken, this is my absolute favourite so if you have watched the video, that was real genuine excitement, no foodie fakers here. I also learned that butter chicken actually has no butter in it. The sauce is made from boiling a variety of herbs with tomato sauce, cream, and a paste made from cashew nuts. It’s all those lovely nuts that give it that richness, no wonder my attempts at home have always failed before.

10435125_10152687532996142_4494693628298285987_n

The second dish we made was tandoori chicken and chicken kebabs. We watched them make their fabulous marinade, using cardamon, garlic, ginger, yogurt, and cream, then cook it on skewers in the tandoor oven. Served with salad, it was spectacular. The chicken was so tender and juicy and filled with so much flavor from the marinade. I really need to convince The Fat Boyfriend to get us a tandoor oven for the kitchen!

10653357_10152687532631142_5486011823151584322_n

We also made a lamb rogan josh! A medium spiced, very rich curry with lamb meat. It was just so packed with flavour. We always end up  ordering this, as it’s one of The Fat Boyfriend’s favourites, he was very jealous that I got to watch them make it!

10622838_10152687532956142_6535572771595106595_n

You can’t eat all those curries without some naan bread, and The Taj Palace garlic naan is incredible. In fact it’s better than the ones we get back home, and England is no stranger to Indian food! If you get the buffet you can eat as much as you like!

10685336_10152687532671142_5927360484926175164_n

To finish we got a cup of chai tea, the perfect way to round off the meal. It was an amazing meal and I can’t wait to go back again. The a la carte menu is always open, and the buffet runs on weekends and red days. They are open 365 days a year, so be sure to pay them a visit, or if you are as lazy as me you can get a delivery from Ynot-takeout!

Taj Palace is located in Itaewon at 2F 132-2, Itaewon1 -dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul.  Come out of Itaewon Station (Line 6) exit 3 and walk straight until you reach Dunkin Donuts. Take a right at the corner and continue walking up the hill, its just opposite King Club and the Foreign food mart. If you would like more information about their menu, check out their website http://www.tajpalace.co.kr/  which includes descriptions of all their curries. Or you can call them on 02-790-5786.

Taiwan

Dear readers, sorry for my absence this past week but I have been very busy entertaining my best friend in the world, Miss Rachel Verney. I have busy showing her the sights of Seoul, then we took a jaunt to Taipei for Buddha’s birthday.

Taipei was not the foodie trip I had imagined it to be, as we spent a large quantity of out time drinking. I did manage to pack in a few culinary delights for you to enjoy which I shall present to you now.

Most of the eating that we did went on at our Hotel. We decided to treat ourselves and stay at the W. It certainly did not disappoint. The food was all spectacular, especially the breakfast buffet. Highlights included the french toast, fried rice, Eggs Benedict, and Caesar salad served in a giant bowl made from Parmesan.

giant cheese bowl

omelet stationnoodlesfruit

french toast! eggs ben bread station

break 3 asian buffet breakfast 1

Lazing by the pool can really take it out of you so to keep up our strength we ordered some chicken quesadillas and french fries with truffle mayo’ and a truffle, rocket, and fontina cheese pizza.

friesquesadillapizza

Being the lazy trollops we are we also enjoyed various delights from the room service menu, including a Reuben sandwich, a club sandwich and some bircher muesli.

midnight club sandwich late night ruben

The star of the W show really was the cocktails, I was too drunk to remember all the names so i’ll just show you the pictures instead. They also came served with the best free bar snacks ever, test tubes filled with potato chips and wasabi peas. I dread to think how many of these I consumed. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t account to your daily calorie allowance if they are free though.

wasabi peasquesadilla strawberry daquiri

passionfruit mojito Papa go lychee champs

lemon drop candy floss cosmo cocktail ameretto mojito

You possibly know how I adore the 7-11 . Although no Hong Kong, Taipei 7-11 still had a few favourites within its grasp, inclusing malteasers, mixed berry skittles and Kinder buenos. So not too bad a haul.

I had made plans to visit Din Tai fung whilst there but didn’t get around to it. We still managed to have plenty of soup dumplings though, as there was a handy restaurant in the department store next to the hotel. We tried the usual pork ones, a curry and leek, and a few vegetarian varieties. We came here twice so I am quite sure I managed to get my quota of dim sum.

Dim sumxian long boa dim sum 2

Sadly our trip ended on a bad note when we managed to lose my bag filled with duty free goodies somewhere between the taxi and the house. Some lucky son of a gun will be feasting upon my Godiva goodies and Mango vodka as we speak. There’s $60 I’ll never see again. Though as they say worse things have happened at sea. All in all it was a great trip and a good time was had by all.