Battle of the buffet
Silver-service smorgasbord for $197 starts hotel war
IT is all-you-can-eat. But not as we know it.
Sydney now has its first fine dining; buffet with 180 seats, soaring ceilings, flowing French champagne and lobster tails on tap.
Inspired by the decadent dining rooms in Dubai’s luxury hotels, the Langham hotel has unveiled its newest all-you-can-eat “fine dining” smorgasbord in the hopes of luring the booming buffet market.
And even though it will come with one of the most expensive buffet price tags in the city it is expected to start a fierce Battle of the Buffet.
It now joins Sydney’s burgeoning all-you-can-eat market headed by the Sheraton’s famed International Feast buffet, Harvest buffet at The Star, Cafe Opera at the Inter-Continental and the Shangri-La at Circular Quay.
Combined with a beverage package, headlined by unlimited Laurent Perrier French Champagne, a seat for lunch or dinner on the weekend at the Langham clocks in at $197 per person.
However, the Langham’s food and beverage boss Laura-Jane Hawkins says it’s good value, with the restaurant offering eight different styles of cuisine including lobsters flown in from Maine in the US every Monday and Friday.
Fresh Australian sandcrab wokfried with chilli is also available one night a week, cooked to order, alongside other offerings like traditional Peking duck, wood-fired pizza, Japanese robata grill, Indian curries and fresh-made naan bread as well as a dessert bar compiling more than 40 different dishes.
Suckling pig also replaces the traditional Sunday roast.
Their other point of difference, she says, is each cuisine station is manned by a chef who will cook all dishes “to order”.
Guests, alternately, can also order at the table.
“That’s really the part that sets it apart from other buffets and it’s something that has been happening internationally for a while now,” says Ms Hawkins, adding the Langham is looking to capitalise on the “bottomless” brunch craze sweeping the world.
“Offering a set price beverage package is something you don’t often see, particularly Laurent Perrier champagne. Which is something we are very excited about.”
The newly-opened Langham buffet replaces the hotel’s previous restaurant Bistro Remy following a five-month refurb.