You either love them or you hate them.
But if you’re that rare breed who tends to turn their nose up at platters of pancakes and bowls filled with bacon and bagels – well, this revolutionary take on the breakfast buffet may be what changes your mind.
Covid-19 gave the humble buffet a swift kick in the guts in 2020, with hotels and cruise liners forced to call time on the meal of utter indulgence.
It was a decision met with a collective sigh across the country, at the thought the best kind of dining had met an unwelcome end.
The Epicurean restaurant at Crown Sydney is a buffer-lovers dream.Source:Supplied
As a result, the concept of loading up your plate multiple times in just one sitting was replaced with a standard a la carte offering as a safety precaution amid the pandemic.
But with the turn of the year, Crown Sydney’s new buffet offering at Epicurean has reinstated the all-you-can-eat institution – a welcome bid to bring back the best way to tuck into the first meal of the day.
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The Epicurean take the breakfast buffet to the next level.Source:Supplied
Crown buffet has a giant chocolate fountain. Picture: Vanessa Brown/news.com.auSource:news.com.au
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As soon as you walk through the doors of the Epicurean restaurant – which is one of 14 restaurants and bars within the 6-star complex – your eyes are met with more food than sense.
Plates and plates of colourful cuisine line the room, with chefs constantly preparing fresh dishes to meet the morning rush.
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After four years of construction, Crown Sydney opened as the city’s tallest building in January this year.
Described as “Australia’s most luxurious” hotel stay, guests who stay – or dine – at the precinct enjoy exceptional views and the ultimate in five-star service.
While the rooms at Crown Sydney have been getting all the glory, it’s now time for the hotel’s buffer to get the spotlight. Picture: James D Morgan/Getty Images.Source:Supplied
In between food, slip by the hotel’s lush pool and grab a cabana. Picture: Nikki ShortSource:News Corp Australia
If you’re lucky enough to stay, each room has deep baths, views across the harbour, large living spaces and computerised tablets that connect to everything in the room from the blinds and lighting to in-room dining facilities.
But the jewel in the crown for the ‘all-you-can eat’ food fans is easily the hotel’s ‘luxury spin’ on the classic casino buffet.
Featuring nine “live kitchens” – each looking out across Sydney Harbour – diners can enjoy almost every imaginable dish from around the globe.
This place is best conquered without jeans. Picture: Vanessa Brown/news.com.auSource:news.com.au
For breakfast, Chef de Cuisine Joseph Cain prepares an ever-changing menu where guests experience an array of fan favourites including Japanese, Italian and Chinese and of course all your usual breakfast favourites (pass the bacon, please).
Skipping from the cold cuts bar to the giant chocolate fountain, guests can then make their way through each culinary kitchen filling up their plates as many times as they please.
It’s one of those restaurants best conquered without jeans.
There are nine food stations at the breakfast buffet. Picture: Vanessa Brown/news.com.auSource:news.com.au
Those hot waffles are waiting. Picture: Vanessa Brown/news.com.auSource:news.com.au
But among all the colour and carbs, the definite highlight is the sweet tooth station, where you can literally order ice-cream, cakes and drizzle it all in a giant chocolate fountain for breakfast.
At less than $50 midweek for breakfast, it’s perhaps the best way to start the day – although your belt buckle may argue otherwise.
This journalist visited Epicurean as a guest of Crown Sydney.
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