Running the risk of vibrio vulnificus is the price you’re going to pay if you want to extract full value at this buffet and bar. There’s nothing like the attraction of associating oysters and all you can eat that appeals to the inner Asian in all of us. Forget about the tough cooked mussels and don’t waste your time peeling the cooked prawns, focusing on the molluscs will get you underway to eating $45 worth on weekends.
Most of the obligatory sections are there, a selection of salads for those who want to respect their bodies, vegetarian sushi, smoked and sashimi salmon and soups. Hot foods are mainly cooked in front of you, frozen crumbed prawn and calamari is deep fried and probably best avoided, a gluggy oily lettuce okonomiyaki and beef steaks cooked on the hot plate, the chicken satay sticks will have you going back for more. There’s covered and heated roast pork, char siu and a thick creamy curry but it’ll be the freshly wrapped peking duck that causes a lengthy queue to be formed by those looking to push themselves over the $45 mark. The skin was a bit papery but that didn’t stop me from going for seconds, thirds and fifths.
Hopefully you’ve saved room for desserts, but the promise of the gorgeous, cute looking tasting portions soon wears off when it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Here’s a tip, only try the ones you actually want to try. A blueberry cheesecake and a warm chocolate pudding that becomes a brownie when cooled are the pick of the lot.
Despite the two-hour limit, you never feel rushed in the ultra modern and comfortable surrounds. You’ll know what I mean once you sit on the well-cushioned brown pleather chairs. Not everything is brilliant, but what is good is very good for an all you can gorge. You should leave more than satisfied, without the sepsis.
3 / 5 yums!
Where? 4 – 6 NewQuay Promenade, Docklands VIC
What? $45 on weekends