The open kitchen design makes this buffet restaurant full of live actions. Customers can how the chef cooking of different cuisine with fresh ingredients.
The modern design with decor and furnishings of the kitchen has highlighted its exceptional contemporary style.
Le Cafe offers :
Le Cafe offers buffets of international cuisine served in the contemporary setting at competitive prices. An a la carté menu featuring Asian and Western favorites is also available.
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a so so dinner buffet Apr 19, 2011
we came here for the dinner buffet as a birthday dinner for a family member.
this is not the first time we came here for buffet, but as i recall, i think the quality of last time (which was probably years ago) was better than this time.
for cold dishes and appetizers, i had a cracker with two types of cheese.
then i moved on to having sushi and cold buckwheat noodles as the other cold cuts and seafood didn't seem that special that i feel like i really couldn't miss them. there were three types of noodles available for the cold noodles. one is obviously the buckwheat noodles, i'm not very sure about the other two though. the noodles were okay.
moving on to hot dishes, i first had a slice of pizza. the pizza aren't especially good either. the toppings included bell peppers, zucchini, mushroom, onion, and cheese. the bread crust was the unimpressive part to me. then i asked for a slice of roasted beef and roasted chicken
i had a baked oyster too
for other hot dishes, it was mainly south asian cuisine. there were thai fish cakes, curry beef, curry with rice, etc. the fish cakes were okay. it's pretty spicy actually, but the sweet and sour sauce gave a balance to it and it turns out not bad. however, the curry aren't that good. it's not bad, but it's just not special and impressive at all. it's the same for chinese food, not impressive, for instance, the braised beef aren't flavorful enough, i'm sure cheap hk-style restaurants are able to provide a better one. and i don't even think the fried rice was good, which is one of my greatest disappointment.
there were also other cuisines of food provided, such as deep-fried fish nuggets, beef goulash, german sausage, grilled squid. they aren't impressive either though.
i think one of the best dishes from the hot dishes is the teppanyaki scallops.
for desserts, to my delight, the ice cream are provided from Ben & Jerry's.
then to the delight of most kids, there's a pancake machine where you get to have a piece of pancake by pressing a button
other desserts such as cakes, chocolate mousse those are okay. i think the pavlova were too sweet. i felt like i'm eating sugar more than really eating the pavlova.
although the food may not be the best, i think, in overall, this place is still okay. the environment and atmosphere's not bad, the sittings are pretty comfy, and the service aren't bad either, definitely satisfactory in fact.
but the food really kind of disappointed me, it's somehow not really worth it, or maybe it's just that i have expected too much.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Apr 17, 2011
Value for Money3
Le Cafe with Open Rice coupon Mar 08, 2011
Table of six went to Novotel hotel le cafe for buffet with 20% off, two days later another dinner gathering take place at le cafe again because my positive comments.
Novotel is a world-known brand with high-end service. Greeter at Le Cafe with cheerful smile which impressed a lot. Server change dish quick enough which is remarkable, and can clearly tell the food source is also important. But when waiters and waitresses explain terms for open rice coupon and special offers, they become blur which makes me not understand in both two nights.
Food is not fast-turn enough for this size restaurant, empty plate and lines up see often. Maybe this is just HK buffet habit.
My buffet habit are mainly appetizer and desert, skipping main and hot food, honestly only concern quality never about quantity
I like the most is the oyster, the waiter said it is new zeland pacific oyster. I personality like smaller shelf oyster, techically difficult to open the shelf and may have lots a small cracked shelves when don't handle with care. Small size would bring strong sea favor, this pacific oysters are creamy as well. My all time oyster preference would be mouth pieces size, less mess and able to taste the full body one at a time.
My second favorite is smoke salmon not just because the strong favor of salmon also like the lemon juice with olive. Usually hotel will prepare their homemade smoke salmon not like buying ready to eat pack. This hotel smoke salmon are mild with no strong smoke favour, yet did not overwhelm the fish favour which I believed their fish source should either Norway sea nor from pacific ocean. My friend which is a fisherman told me the reason they smoke salmon is because they want to preserve the fish when they fished plenty, so that is why less smoke favor means fresher fish. More olives are recommended
Salad nothing special, their creamy dressing are not my favorite, too strong of cheese and dairy which cover everything. Bacon bits are in crump and dry (hard) to eat.
My friends said roast beef are great very nice and tender, juicy and rich beef favor. Believe that should be American beef.
Can't resist hotel quality of dessert. My all time favorite! Love: new York cheese cake, brownie, passion fruit puddings, Ben & Jerry ice cream especially chocolate favor. Other pastry with no surprise.
My favor are pineapple, taste like Hawaii grown but some are over cut
Recommended Dish(es): Oyster,Smoke salmon
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Feb 16, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD260
Value for Money5
Not so bad... (than we expected) Nov 29, 2009
As my GF got "buy 1 get 1 free - lunch buffet" coupons, so we, total 6 peoples go there to try try. Actually, before we go there, when we have a look at openrice comments, we really have a plan B to go elsewhere to have lunch.
When we get there, (booked 12:00), a number of people already enjoy their lunch here, and it is quite full (~90%).
We are all happy with the foods with the price we pay (i.e. $188x1.1/2 = $103.5)
Food choice is limited, but still have some. (e.g. 3 types of 魚生, etc)
即煮 Food have few types, spaggati, noodles, 串燒
"hot" and "cold" food are around 10 types, normal kind.
Can order the drink last, normal standard.
As a summary, we agree that $105 is worth to try (our pay), $150 is just ok, but we do not think it is worth for $188.
Although the food is excellent, services are good, environment is good (new renovation?) and moreover, they have provide some functions for children to play. quite interesting.
Date of Visit: Nov 29, 2009
Spending per head: Approximately HKD105
Value for Money3
Cheap and cheerful buffet Aug 03, 2009
Should definitely be kept in mind if you wish to go to a Value for Money buffet!!
For just under $300 per person, you get all you can eat Oysters / Prawns / Fresh Salmon sashimi etc etc!
Can't say anything was particularly exciting but at least it's got it all there! I have a feeling that one of the main chefs is Indian as they serve several different curries and even have Papadum!! (Papadum is the thin crispy cracker that you always get with Indian food)
I guess the main thing to point out is that most of the food there are served Fresh! Just choose your own ingredients and you get freshly cooked pasta / chinese noodles / freshly carved roasts / cooked oysters and prawns! It really is a big bonus to have this kind of quality in inexpensive buffets nowadays!
the worst thing was.. ICE- CREAM....really really cheaaaaap ice creammmmm......
BUT... you can always grab nice ice cream elsewhere after dinner
all in all....not bad...worth a try!
Recommended Dish(es): pasta station / cooked oysters / soups
Date of Visit: Jul 31, 2009
Spending per head: Approximately HKD300(Dinner)
Value for Money5
Good Value for Money Jul 31, 2009
saw the discount coupon thingy on OpenRice. 25% off regular price, plus unlimited soft drinks or beer. good deal.
with this kinda deal, i know i have to be "strategic" in fishing out the good stuff to make my meal worth its price. in gist, you come here, don't expect what you'd get in Cafe 2, Cafe on the 1st, or any top notch buffet places. you are only paying HKD200 per person, and thatz HALF of the normal so-called high-end price.
i walked into the restaurant slightly after 7. not full - which to a certain extent is a good thing, you wont have noisy chumps eating franticly around you and fighting for food.
here are some of the stuff i found worth mentioning: -
oysters - both cooked and raw. fresh, better than standard quality. i read from previous comments saying they arent fresh, have to wait, bla bla... HEY, be fair. when have you ever walked into a buffet that doesnt require you to wait a little for the good stuff? and of course there would be a few pieces that would be looking less good from every platter right? i helped myself with several rounds of oysters, each time 3-4 pieces. not bad at all. the cooked ones are prepared fresh, so that required a bit of waiting.
fries - freshly prepared again. more impressively, apart from the boring KETCHUP, they have several choices of mayonnaise to choose from as dip. Not even cafe 2 has it. 1 point le cafe~
beef - from previous posts there were comments about their roast beef tasted like beef jerkies. i had 2 rounds - i must say they have improved! well it is nowhere near fabulous - but tender, and not dry - up to standard la, not something that deserves negative comments.
concerning beef, i am SURE alot of people missed out on this - right beside where they cooked the soup noodles, they actually have a section where they make jap-style pan-fried steaks!! now thatz a thumbs up - you can have the steak done according to your own preference, and the beef itself is not bad too. tip - after getting your beef from this counter, go find some garlic from the soup noodles section. perfect match with the beef.
soup - i am not a big fan, but i wanna mention their soup coz it is HOT! alot of places only serve warm soup, but here they dont have this problem. thumbs up!
pizza - freshly made pizza! another thing that is quite rare for buffets.
pan-fried shrimp - looks are better than tastes. not to the point you can say they are STALE - but not as attractive as the restaurant has projected them to be.
sushi n other cold dishes - standard. but they do refills quite fast.
desserts - the cakes are pretty impressive (for a middle range buffet, that is) and they have hot bread puddings - they are made fresh, so it is hard for them to taste bad anyway. ice cream - thumbs down. totally get the feeling that i am eating CHEAP ice cream. ugh.
hot dishes - sorry to say, but i didnt even bother to go thru them. not attractive at all. (as some of the previous comments have mentioned)
thatz about it. to conclude, they do have several impressive features, and they also have alot of their food made fresh - and when food is made fresh, it cant taste THAT bad. be strategic if you want to have your value for money - i had mine.
remarks - good service. fast plate changing, and the staff is quite polite too. 2 hours free parking at the hotel!! impressive!!! (3rd hr onwards charges HKD30)
Cooking requires HEART. Eating does too.
Recommended Dish(es): Oysters, Jap-style beef, Fries
Date of Visit: Jul 30, 2009
Spending per head: Approximately HKD210(Dinner)
Value for Money4