I had thought there was a thread on this but couldn't find it. So given it is such a popular feature ofSunday eating here I thought I would start one - thought it sensible to only reflect meals this year as these do change from year to year and a meal at the Conrad in 2008 i probably not going to reflect what they do today.
One new development is that many of the more upmarket places now do a semi-buffet, this haste usual self selection of starters and desserts from tables groaning under multiple options, but then has a ALC selection of minswhich you order (most give you only one choice).
My current meals in order of preference:
1. Whisk at the Mira - good selection and a focus on quality not just quantity. Quite a stylish place, with a semi- buffet, free flow champagne, wine, beer and three or four cocktails. An outside area to relax in if not too hot. Very good service with the team really focussed on customer care.
2. Spoon at the intercontinental - a slightly smaller selection that Whisk, a little more refined, and a touch more classy (in a fine dining way). Again a semi-buffet with some decent cooking in the main choices. The dessert section in the pastry kitchen is nice. Views are good. A glass of fizzy wine (not champagne) to start, then a choice of two whites and two reds from the sommelier (free flow). All interesting and very drinkable. Keen to eat there again but always booked.
3. Tosca at the Ritz Carlton - another semi-buffet. Quite a large selection of seafood, salads and cold meats etc. all pretty decent but I found it to be more quantity rather than absolute quality. Main course selections are fine if a little spartan. Only champagne on offer on the free flow package. Good view if near the windows but it is quite a large restaurant. Good to try but not one to rush back to.
4. Aqua (One Peking) - quite empty given the grandstand views. It doesn't have a traditional buffet, instead they bring large anti-pasti places and/or Sushi and zshashimi platters for the starters. These are very generous with lots of seafood and they offer top ups of anything you fancy. Ains are chosen from a long list, and you can keep choosing - so you can really pig out. Desserts come again as a platter. Free flow champagne only.
5. Verandah at the Peninsula - they also have a similar option at Repulse Bay. A formal semi buffet with no free flow options. Good selections of starters and dessert with very good main course options. It is all a little formal though, sort of a good place to take your parents. Need to try throne in Repulse Bay as it seems more casual.
Has anybody tried any others this year...?