Review: Seafood Buffet at The Grace Hotel, Sydney

I’ve done a bit of work with The Grace Hotel Sydney in the past, so when they invited me to attend a celebration of the opening of their new seafood buffet last week, it was a real no-brainer. I did worry for them though – my ability to consume copious amounts of fresh seafood is absolutely legendary. They whisper my names in the halls of fishmongers the world over, a living legend.

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From previous experience, I know that the Grace Hotel is really good at delivering tasty cold dishes. True to form, there’s an extensive range of pre-made salads to choose from, as well as a ‘make your own salad’ bar where you can customise your ingredients and dressings. I personally recommend the cabbage salad as one that gives a satisfying crunch, as well as delivering a punch of flavour.

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The prawns and the steamed barramundi above were probably my two favourite seafood dishes of the night, along with the marinated baby octopus with roast vegetables. All three dishes had a simplicity based on fresh produce and clean and crisp flavours. Other seafood dishes included raw salmon, a mixed seafood in a type of mornay sauce and clam soup. Unfortunately there wasn’t any of my all-time seafood love (fresh oysters!) at the buffet the night that I went, which was a bit disappointing.

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For those amongst us who aren’t seafood lovers (what an abomination!), there are some standard seafood-less dishes on offer that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Roasts, vegetables, pastas – there’s plenty of other dishes to choose from. I tried to stay away from the pasta on the night in a vain attempt to avoid carb overload(fad diets, am I right?), but I was told by other diners that the pasta was a good choice.

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There’s a large range of mini-desserts on offer at the buffet as well – my dining partner and I counted about fourteen different desserts. We had the best intention of sampling them all, but only managed to split seven individual treats between us. I can recommend the chocolate mousse dessert with the gingernut biscuit base – in my view, it was the pick of the crop.

You should also try the orange poppyseed cake – a fellow diner spent a good amount of time raving about how perfectly light and fluffy the cake was, and the perfect savoury-sweet finish to the buffet dinner.

The service at the Grace Hotel is always prompt and efficient – our waiters on the night were very attentive and made sure that our wine glasses were always topped up! Kitchen staff also kept a keen eye on the dishes on the buffet – replenishing regularly and ensuring that supplies were always plentiful.

I always enjoy sampling the new offerings at The Grace hotel, and this time was no different. My night was enhanced by my dining companions – there were a few of us representing various media outlets, and it was really interesting having the opportunity to dine with representatives from Sydney Social and people like Enzo of Casa e Cucina.

The seafood buffet dinner is available Tuesday to Saturday nights throughout the year at The Grace Hotel. The special introductory price of $45 per person is only valid until the 31st of July 2013. For reservations, contact restaurant.reservations@gracehotel.com.au or 02 9272 6670.

Note: I dined at The Grace Hotel as a guest of Niche Marketing for review purposes. My experience was free of charge, however all words and opinions are my own.


3 Comments

  1. Got to love a good seafood buffet and this one looks pretty delicious and like great value for money! I can see myself ODing on that steamed barra mmm hehe

  2. Ming says:

    Hey Amanda,
    Thought I’d drop by on your post haha. Your photos totally trump mine! I had such a hard time with lighting :(…need to work on that. Looks like we had similar likes at the buffet :) Hope you’re having a great easter!!

  3. jenny chow says:

    Hi love

    when you have special price for buffer dinner please email to me.

    jenny


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