Food Glorious Food...

19 September 2011

So while it is the middle of fashion week and from experience, I know that this time of year you spend the majority of your time waiting in queues, rushing around with very little time for any kind of nourishment. So in spite of all that let me launch into my first HK food post! Wahey! So if you're looking for an escape from the constant stream of fashion week posts (as amazing as they are) then you've found it...
lobby shangrila
So let's get stuck in! While I was in HK, we booked ourselves a table at the buffet restaurant in the Island Shangri-La Hotel in Kowloon for one of their epic buffet lunches. Now the thing is, I'm not the hugest fan of buffet food. Specifically, it's Chinese buffet's I dislike most of all since it's just take-out food and especially because my family are in catering too. Therefore, it's not particularly exciting to me. However in HK, buffets are taken seriously. These are all housed in fancy hotels which makes it a whole different kind of experience.
entrance shangri la
Firstly, Shangri-La is pretty fancy, with pretty chandeliers, marble and plenty of gilding everywhere. Even the carpet in the lifts are changed DAILY. Just in case you forget what day it is of course, it's a hard life!
Saturday
hailey and me shangri la
Hailey and I before we tucked into our food...
The sheer amount of food on offer was crazy. Since we're in HK, the food is mainly of the Asian variety with ample supply of Salads, Seafood, Sushi, Noodles and specialty Chinese dishes. There were at least 100 different types of options to choose from, with lots of busy staff constantly preparing the food.
hot food shangri la
seafood shangri laSushi lovers rejoice! You could have your fill of sashimi and sushi and also ask for custom hand-rolls. I was quite happy just filling up my plate here. My hand-roll was soft shell crab with fish roe which came on a stand and everything. Yummers!
sushi shangri lawasabi shangri la
Freshly grated Wasabi
There were lots of little dishes to choose from including a dim sum area, roasted meats, curry section and also a noodle station with lots of fresh ingredients to create your own unique dish.
buffet shots shangri la
first plate! shangri la
At one point during our meal, the kitchen staff announced that the soup of the day was ready by hitting a gong! Almost instantly lots of people started queuing up (noticeably of the middle aged lady category- including my mum!). We had noticed a big clay pot earlier and it seemed there were lots of pots of soup within it and soon, a chef was seen with a big hook, pulling them all out in quick succession. The Chinese soup was a type of Chicken broth, made from Silkie chicken (a breed of chicken whose skin is actually black which originates from China). The clay pots were pretty creepy though with little heads that feature as handles on the lids.soup shangrila
The desserts were incredible. They really were a feast for the eyes in their brightly coloured bowls. I particularly liked how some of them were displayed in these amazing bird cages. Honestly, when food is presented like this, you can't help but feel like a kid in a sweet shop. So much fun!
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dessert! shangri la
Looking pretty happy with my desserts!
dessert shangri la
We were pretty well looked after and our glasses of water were constantly topped up, our dishes taken away and hot towels to hand. I have to admit that I didn't eat as much as I would have liked, I think I had 2x rounds of mains and just one solitary plate of desserts. There really is only so much you can eat! However, I rounded off the meal by choosing a complimentary drink in the form of hot lemon tea.
lemon tea shangri la
I've been to a fair few hotel buffets in HK in the past, including one at the Marriot where I remember a magician attempted to entertain my sister Hailey, with his lame card tricks. The Shangri-La was definitely better and thankfully, a distinct lack of magicians (phew). As it's a luxury hotel the buffet was definitely NOT cheap and around HKD$400 which is about £32. Yikes! Seeing as it's all you can eat, high quality food at a 5 star hotel, then you can understand the price tag. However, it's definitely more of a luxurious treat rather than a necessity when it comes to visiting HK. I certainly wouldn't have visited if I wasn't tagging along with my family, I'm quite happy with cheap won ton noodle soup at the local cafe.

However, if we're going to do buffets then this is the way to do it! I heard that the Grand Lisboa in Macau has over 200 varieties on offer. Mind Boggling stuff! One day I will have to make a visit, who's coming with me?

65 comments:

  1. What a beautiful foodie post!

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  2. How amazing! Love those yummy foods!

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  3. Such a wonderful post on all these goodies. Thank so much!

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  4. Fun! Thanks for sharing your pictures, the desserts look delicious!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! :o)

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  5. Wowza this place looks amazing, everything is so beautifully presented as well! Yum. xx

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  6. I think it wasn't good for me to read this post :P It's 9am and i'm craving seafood.. haha!

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  7. Wow, i really hope to go to Hong Kong one day and experience yummy food :)

    Tara
    xx

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  8. Oh my, I love this post.. it sounds very exciting ! I hope to visit HK one day and am going to make a list of all your suggestions, I am popping The Shangri-La into my notebok!

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  9. ohh this place looks good. i went to the kowloon hotel international buffet on my last visit and it was amazing! i hate buffets normally but this place was so so good, we even got free moon cakes after the meal. :-)

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  10. Oh Winnie, this food looks amazing! The little desserts in bird cages look so cute. And don't get me started on the prawns... I do love a good food post.

    It was great to meet you last week, I hope you enjoyed your shows! x

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  11. OMG so much food and so many pretty colours. I love how exciting Asian food looks if not a little strange. Yum yum yum x

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  12. Normally I'd be in awe of all of that glorious food, but I'm still getting over the whole changing-carpets situation! As if! x

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  13. You always have the best pics! There is a restaurant near me that specialises in these sorts of foods and the desserts are similar to the ones you've got here, they're always so yummy!

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  14. Amazing... I've told you before but i adore your food posts!
    Gotta love the changing carpets too, it's insane! I really must visit HK some time, My boyf has family out there so there really is no excuse!!
    - Charlotte xx

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  15. Wow my mouth is watering, what a beautiful selection love the cages so evocative! Sharon xx


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  16. Wow! Possibly one of the best buffets I have ever seen! The desserts especially look delicious!

    I never feel I do all you can eats justice when I go - my stomach just doesn't have as much room as I'd like on such occaisions!

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  17. *hands up* I want to come with yooou!!

    OMG food porn! XD So many yummy food and presentation is top notch! I love the uniqueness of it too.

    LOVE! <3

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  18. Check out all of this food!!! My fiancé would be in HEAVEN here.

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  19. Wuuuuuuuuuuu... seems so good!

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  20. you got me craving cakes now Winnie! hehe. Oh this is weird.. we were considering doing our wedding at HK Shanggri-La but it never worked out because of family reasons. Looks beautiful there! Thanks for the pics :D

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  21. arrrgh food porn! im getting hungry right now lols :P

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  22. ...wow.

    This post has made me so hungry and it's only 11am! What a place. I'll definitely be coming to the Grand Lisboa! ;) x

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  23. i shouldn't open this post when i'm on diet hahaha the food looks yummy

    natzcracker

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  24. i shouldn't open this post when i'm on diet hahaha the food looks yummy. i miss hongkong a lot!

    natzcracker

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  25. Super yummy post, love it !!!! :p

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  26. oh gosh! Did i just witness heaven in the form of food??? I am so insanely hungry right now, why did i have to see this deliciousness!!!
    (now i must go off and satisfy my hunger with instant ramen.. -.-)

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  27. hm... yum. I love that hotel. Stayed there a few years ago. by the time I arrived at the front of the hotel someone was at to greet me and escorted me to my room. food is just fab as well. love it.

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  28. This all looks absolutely fantastic and the attention to detail is brilliant!

    Maria xxx

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  29. Oh my gosh everything looks so delicious. Especially the king prawns and crab, I frigging love shell fish! It looks like it was worth it for the price! xx

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  30. Congrats on your first all-food post, Winnie! It made me hungry. Take care!

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  31. http://www.facebook.com/pages/joy-girls/126096210823965?sk=wall

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  32. OH EM GEE. I am telling my family to come here in Oct when they go to hk. In fact, I am going to show mum your food posts tomorrow, she will want to go to all the places you've blogged about. I can't believe a buffet can be so good. Incredible x

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  33. Winnie, I am so hungry right now!! I should sleep and I feel my stomach empty instead!
    :-)
    Beautiful place where to eat. Today I went to eat sushi with Mattia , loved it. :-)

    Wait for you on my blog again - new posts!

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  34. Everything looks so nice :D

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  35. Oh my goodness everything looks gorgeous - i can imagine this being pretty pricey!
    this has made me so hungry now!! x

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  36. Amazing photos, the plate of desserts looks amazing. I love what looks like those bird cages with food in them too. You always post the most amazing food shots! Thanks for the lovely comment too. Roll on warm wintery nights! xxx

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  37. HK is waaaaay up there on my list of places I'd love to visit - looks awesome!

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  38. Mmmm.... I miss HK food!
    I'm loving your Hong Kong posts missy! xx

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  39. gorgeous post!

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  40. Oh wow, I dont eat sea food but the presentation is amazing isn't it!

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  41. I admit it - I'm a super picky eater and I don't like to try new food, but some of those things look tasty! :)
    p.s. Food that looks like toys... Tasteful & weird :) LOL

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  42. Oh MY. That looks amazing, I'm really jealous of your experience!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  43. that food looks divine!!

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  44. That looks like an amazing eating experience. The buffets there are so different than in the US.

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  45. sweetie the food looks amaZing!! YOu are so lucky :D
    Come follow my blog hun!

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  46. Ohh my goodness, so much food in this post! :] I love trips to HK, especially for that reason.

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  47. That seems like an amazing place to eat =) Kisses

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  48. so craving for food now at 9:36 AM here :)

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  49. Now Im hungry! thats my kind of buffet! :) just dropped Dan off! Im not sure he will take as many photos of food as you did! but im looking forward to hearing all about it! I gave him a diary and he has to write every little detail in it! :) xx

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  50. I'm a sushi lover! i would be in heaven there :)

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  51. I'll go with you haha!
    Oh my that is very differente from the chinese buffets I'm used to, I can understand why you wished you had eaten more, it all looks so good! I'd have stayed around the curry and noodle sections hmmm :)
    Thank you for your comment Winnie, it really made my day XD I really enjoy reading your blog, so for me it's no problem at all leaving comments here :))

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  52. very nice photos!!

    feel free to have a look at my London Fashion Week reports!
    xx

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  53. These all look lush! Expensive but I could afford it, i'd definitely go for it. I think dessert is my favourite part, i'd probably start with that (especially the green one) .x hivenn

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  54. This is crazy. I wouldn't even know which direction to look! The sushi... the desserts... incredible! Hope you left with a very full belly. xx

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  55. im seriously getting the munchies now ..

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  56. oh wow...... soooo much food!!!

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  57. The food looks gorgeous! I think £32 isn't too expensive, definitely a special treat! Would love a visit if I go to HK!

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  58. mmm i love your foodie posts, this looks so epic haha x

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  59. oh yummmers!!!!!!!!! im drooling. I've not tried the buffet lunch in Shangri-la yet. I heard they got a Shangri-la hotel on the Kowloon side as well.

    I went to the intercontinential Hotel (near TST victoria Harbor) for dinner buffet for my mom's bday last year. It cost like HK$500 per head! Gotta say, it was okay but not WOWers, and i realized i'm not that fussy when it comes to buffets, lol. So i agree with you, it's not an necessity, hahaha. I actually much prefer high tea. And I cant believe there was a magician at the Marriot, so lame! lol

    The food looks yum in this post tho! Love how they put the dessert in the cages,haha..and yes, the clay pots with heads as handles on the lid is freaking freaky!!! What were they thinking!!??

    I can't wait to try Shanggri-la:)

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  60. oh NOM!! hehe my goodness Winn this looks so good! I have no idea what most of it is but hey it looks adorable haha! Those prawns make me salivate!
    I'm sad because I tried to comment on an adorable 'cute plastic things' post on my phone but alas it did not send.. humph.. see you soon! x

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  61. Looks sooooo delicious! I went to a similarly fancy buffet in Sapporo, Hokkaido a couple of years ago. It was mainly a sweets/cake buffet though. In Dublin there are one or two Chinese buffets, but I've heard that they're not much more than fast food. I'd really like to try some high cuisine like this!

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