ahhh it's been such a long time since I last update! Anyway my schedule has been super packed. There were so much to deal with such as school work, exams, recruitment talks and trainings, stuff to do with ECA.... urghhhh honestly sometimes I just wish to be staying in bed on a Sunday morning and have a big breakfast when I get up without anything 'urgent' in mind. Just relax and chill.
It was actually a really pleasant family activity on a Sunday morning. We were arranged to be sitted next to the glass wall with a gleam o sunshine beaming in.
This is the first time I tried the brunch menu in City Art. Unfortunately I have not written any reviews for weekday lunch. For more details of the dinner menu, please refer to http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/commentdetail.htm?commentid=2237601
The buffet bar was pretty fruitful. Tha bar was showcasing more 10 different types of mouth watering salads, including seafood-mixed ones, grilled tomato and herbs, assorted mushroom salad, chicken prawn salad... etc. You can also make your own salad as they provide you with plenty of veggie choices.
Beside the salad bar we have the oysters and the seafood. Here serves 3 types of oysters, one less compared to the dinner buffet - Auckland Rock from New Zealand , Fanny Bay and Taylor from US. My favouite was Fanny Bay since it is not as buttery as Auckland Rock, while the Taylor was too briny and metallic for, almost as robust as Coffin Bay from Australia. Fanny Bay was just right. Light and delectable.
I have also tried some queen crab. The meat was flaky, succulent and honeyed. but the crab legs are not as fat as other buffet places. These are slightly slender. They provide you with the necesary tools to taste the crab. It felt awesome when opening up the tough shell and forking out a huge chunk of fresh crab meat! Mum, Dad and I were getting all excited about this. Scallops were not bad too. Size was massive and the flesh was sweet and moist.
On the other side of the buffet area, they had the cold cut, cheeses and fruits and nuts that go with them, various bread and dips etc. The choice of cold cut was wark compared to the dinner and weekday lunch semi-buffet menu, with coppa and salami served as well. Though it is not bad for a Sunday brunch (and too be honest I don't have much room for trying out all the ham and cheese
) Ham and melon always make the perfect match. The ham very thinly cut this time so it is much easier to chew. Parma ham was smokey and savory. Though the aroma of the pork itself is lacking.
For cheese, I tried emmental and French brie. Emmental was mellow and full-bodied, while brie was lacking the creaminess.
My favourite deep was crab meat dip and guacamole. Crab meat on its own with bread is a bit too heavy for me, while served with guacamole makes a great balance together.
It's funny that they serve poppadoms too! But there was no chutney to go with it. I would suggest to have a few dips that are more refreshing since most we see here are mixed heavily in mayo or cream.
They were serving roast sirloin and smoked turkey. The Sirloin was perfectly cooked with flesh in pink. The meat was juicy and flavoursome, while the texture is extremely tender. It was gorgeously done.
Aside the appetizers, hot dishes such as beef curry and rice, Belgium blue mussels in cream sauce, baked lobster and shrimp with deep cheese sauce etc. were also served. The blue messels was scrumptious and chewy, where the cream sauce was balmy and delicious. Simply finger licking good.
The A la Carte menu consists of assorted Sashimi, Tempura and Robatayaki.
We ordered some salmon mackerel for tasting. The salmon was fresh and delectable, while macherel was a little tough.
The fritter coat of the tempura was very thin, but it was just not crunchy enough. The prawn was light and appetising. Though my favourite was tempura pumkin slice (I know I am nut about pumpkin
) The thin fritter coating was a little crisp on the edges, the the pumpkin inside was mushy and it just melts in your mouth. It was so good!
We order wagyu and cod robatayaki. I think cod was the best because it was full of fish oil. It would be even better if the skin is not burnt so I can have a taste on the crispy fish skin! Wagyu was tender and moist but the buttery, meaty taste was lacking. It comes in large pieces which is actually quite filling for a girl like me.
I normally do not bear too much hope in the desserts served in Royal Park, as I have way too many poor experiences. Sometimes when you taste a mousse cake, it is so tough that you would almost imagine it is made of agar agar jelly. The mousse cups are in room temperature which were a little watery. The chocolate mousse cake and chestnut cake was out of my expectation though. Chocolate was so much richer than I expected and the sponge in the chestnut cake was moist and fluffy. The cream was smooth and airy too! Nice improvement.
The safest bet is icecream from Haagen-Dasz. They served 4 flavours: strawberry, coffee, asuki bean and vanilla. There was also a chocolate fountain, which we don't have when we come for dinner! But whenever I wish to dip my fruits in the chocolate, no matter in City Art or 2+2 on the upstairs, there is never bamboo sticks provided. They only have marshmellows and sugared sponge fingers on sticks. I mean, the marshmellows and sponge fingers will already lead to sugar overdose on its own, who would anyone want to dip them into the chocolate? Is a marshmellow a 'compulsory' item to have if I want to try the chocolate fountain? That is... most peculiar.
Anyway, overall City Art Restaurant is really a nice place to visit for a Sunday brunch. They not only provide quality food, customer service was also highly impressive. The environment of the restaurant is also spacious and comfy. What a nice experience to try their brunch menu.
Spending per head: Approximately HKD308Other Ratings:
Value for Money 5