On this fine sunday Tenz n I were mo-liu-ing at home... and we suddenly craved for buffet. Logged on to Openrice and searched around... hm, this place nearby looks pretty good (from all the previous comments and photos)!! Nil problem for booking too, plus a 25% off deal... let's do it!
Now I daresay my appetite is edging on comparable with COCKROACHES... I practically eat anything. My lenience towards tastes and flavors is also very high, I seldom detest food... plus, it IS a hotel buffet we are going to right, how bad can it get?
Interior looks not bad
We arrived around 1930... there was a F-load of kids running around... fine, family day, ok la... The environment and ambiance were pretty nice too. The service members were helpful and friendly. Scanning the food tables, wow, looks just like what people posted on Openrice!! And we were getting pretty hungry too, so off we went to feast ourselves.
And thatz where it all headed DOWN-HILL. Way down.
Now as you are reading my review, please kindly scroll down to look at photos of previous entries. And, please do a little re-cap of what I have written so far. All looks pretty good eh?
Yeah, you got that right. It is all just LOOKS.
Looks Fresh eh?
I have taken this photo for better illustration. The fish and the hairy crab were on the house - each person gets to choose one. Looks pretty good right? But the thing is, when I put the fish into my mouth, the texture was softer than the fish you can find from a fillet o' fish. There was nil flavor. The crab... looks like there were plenty of roe, but once you suck on it, it was tasteless.
Now when I say tasteless, it doesn't mean they have forgotten to add salt or marinate the food. It literally means there was no flavor. When I pulled a piece of meat from the crayfish shell and ate it, it was soaked with water, and not a single pint of lobster or crayfish or shellfish or WHATEVER taste - I was simply chewing on a slab of 'thing'.
the funny thing is, they were able to do that to all the food. You can imagine how I felt when I was eating their smoked salmon - the texture was like smoked salmon, but there was just a small bit of salmon flavor, not to mention any saltiness or anything else. Same works for their shashimi.
I tried to think that it was my palate gone wrong. I tried the whole night. But when I started doing their desserts - I could not lie to myself anymore. Their desserts tasted quite good (esp they got strawberry yogurt)!!! So all night long I wasn't dreaming or anything, their hot fishes and seafood were really like what I have described!!
So you see why I feel like being cheated? Everything looked right, but the flavors were all wrong. ARGH.
Hope the management can deal with this... or else, it doesn't matter what discounts you put up. People would rather pay a bit more to eat better.
Have never given a crying face in Openrice. Never expected LIS to be my first. <Sigh>
Spending per head: Approximately HKD400(Dinner)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 2