I saw the email promotion and knew I had to try it (all time FAN of buffets with fois gras and oysters). I've never been to Harbour Restaurant before but with the coupon, the cost was approximately $350/adult so it's too good to be true for a buffet with all my favorite foods. Just like the restaurant and download the coupon from Facebook (note: remember to print it before heading over because they actually collect the coupons).I arrived at 6:15 but the buffet starts at 6:30 so a handfull of patrons were already waiting patiently at their tables. The restaurant area was HUGE and super comfy and I even got a table next to the window facing the streets. But what was most intriguing of all was I expected a lot of people (come'on, it's a buffet with oysters and fois gras) but dinner service wasn't packed at all. A few hotel diners here and there and a handful of people visited for the buffet itself. I'm definitely not complaining because it just makes the whole dining experience so much better with less people hogging and pushing around.
The service was amazing too, basically the waiter served and catered to our every whim and I basically saw waiters serving buffet food to other tables because they didn't want to get up to pick the foods themselves. 10 BROWNIE POINTS FOR THEM!
Seafood Buffet Bar
Seafood Buffet Bar...
First up, their seafood buffet was amazing. Lots of choices including Alaskan crab legs (my all time favourite), baby lobsters, whelks, crab, mussels, and so on. It was all laid out there for anyone who's craving it
All ready chucked OYSTER bar! Woohoo
All ready chucked OYSTER bar! Woohoo...
When I saw the oyster bar, I felt like I was in heaven because there was no waiting line and every single oyster was already opened. They replenish the oysters insanely fast so you can have your fair share without having to tackle other oyster lovers
Assorted yummy appetizers
Assorted yummy appetizers...
I really liked their assorted appetizers especially the elegant little fois gras pate hor d'oeurves in their bite sized plating. I had the honour of trying a bite of everything and giving the rest to my friends so they could share in on the flavour (best buffet strategy ever if you've never tried before).
Waygu Beef Bar with complimentary condiments
Waygu Beef Bar with complimentary condiments...
The waygu beef chuck was already to be served when I toured the buffet bar and it looked absolutely gorgeous (tasted amazing too) complimented with various types of sauces.
Assorted desserts, pastries and cakes
Assorted desserts, pastries and cakes...
Lots of different desserts, pastries, cakes, cookies and a huge chocolate fountain that can perfectly satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. I loved the chocolate fudge cake, it was soooo creamy and rich.
I love the Movenpick Ice Cream Bar
I love the Movenpick Ice Cream Bar...
Movenpick ice cream bar was the pick of the day. A server would scoop up any flavour you like into a cup (or onto your waffle which is what I did) and let you sprinkle whatever toppings you want. Must remember to bring an extra dessert tummy for this if you want to get the full satsifaction of this buffet.
I started of with the oysters and Alaskan crab legs and first off, I must say the crab legs were the best I've ever had. They completely outshined the oysters! For one thing, the oysters were too salty (too much sea) and very crunchy which doesn't suit my palette (I adore creamy ones). My friends said the oysters were alright so I guess it depends on what type of oysters you prefer to enjoy this.
However, the Alaskan crab legs were absolutely delicious because they were boiled to the perfect texture and seasoned perfectly! Out of all the crab legs I've had in buffets (mmm..let's say Mr. Steak), these were outstanding and completely FRESH. I think I ate the legs of 5 crabs in total (sorry to all the crabless legs out there). MUST TRY!
Penfolds Chardonnay 2010
Penfolds Chardonnay 2010...
Since I'm a wine lover and we were having seafood, I couldn't help but order a bottle of Chardonnay--dry, crisp, citrus note--to pair with the appetizers. Surprisingly, I would've thought ordering wine at a hotel would be expensive but it only costed around $280-$320 per bottle! I ended up ordering 2 bottles of wine to go with the whole meal because come'on, one bottle is just not enough for 4 people.
Waygu Beef, Pan-seared Fois Gras, Grilled Diced Beef, & Lamb Chop
I loved the lamb chops the most because it was cooked perfectly pink inside--just the way I like it--seasoned with lots of raw herbs. The fois gras itself is an all time favourite for me so I like this dish no matter what, but my friend did say he thought it was slightly cold because the cook just left it on a plate after he pan-seared it (I didn't mind, maybe because I was lucky and got all the hot pieces).
The waygu beef as mentioned before was scrumptious! It had all the juices and fat that makes it super moist and full of beef aromas. Dip it with a bit of mustard and that zingy beefy flavours all explodes in your mouth. SUPER LOVE!
My friends and I shared the sashimi because we were getting stuffed. The salmon was nice and it wasn't the generic kinds either--fresh with the sweet fragrant of fish. I really enjoyed it.
Movenpick Ice Cream (3 scoops with m&m)!
Movenpick Ice Cream (3 scoops with m&m)!...
The Movenpick ice cream was my dream come true! I had so much of it at one point, I brainfreezed myself. I had the server give me 4 different scoops and with the extra chocolate m&m(s) to give it the crunch, this is the perfect dessert for anyone with a sweet tooth (my favourite was the Caramelita, it's so rich and sweet)!
Overall, there's a lot more dishes I haven't talked about such as their salad bar, bread and soup bar, chocolate fountain, sushi bar, and the conventional noodles, rice and hot dishes buffet. A lot of their foods were really up to par relative to the prices they were charging with the promotion. Atmosphere, environment, service, price, and food all adds up, so it's definitely a great buffet to try.
NOTE: Don't try their cream soup, it was generic and tasted like they opened a pouch of soup mix and just added water. Probably the only bad comment I can think of now for thisthis dining experience.
I saw the email promotion and knew I had to try it (all time FAN of buffets with fois gras and oysters). I've never been to Harbour Restaurant before but with the coupon, the cost was approximately $350/adult so it's too good to be true for a buffet with all my favorite foods. Just like the restaurant and download the coupon from Facebook (note: remember to print it before heading over because they actually collect the coupons).I arrived at 6:15 but the buffet star...