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China Bar Signature Buffet

I was in Melbourne for a weekend and visited China Bar Signature Buffet. It’s better than Feast at Sheraton on the Park, which made me sad, as I’m in Sydney!!

Sunshine Bun

Sunshine Bun

I had to have a sunshine bun. Delicious! China Bar had a whole section of dim sum, including dumplings, steamed buns, rice noodle rolls, and plenty of other nice dishes.

Sashimi, cut to order

Sashimi, cut to order

At night, China Bar serves fresh to order sashimi along with their range of sushi, seaweed salad and other classic dishes. There’s pickled ginger, soy sauce and wasabi on hand. The clams were beautiful, as were the other types of fish available (there was so much variety!)

Hainanese Chicken and Peking Duck Pancakes

Hainanese Chicken and Peking Duck Pancakes

Here is some delicate Hainanese chicken, as well as a couple of Peking duck pancakes. Peking duck, though, really needs to be made fresh.

There was plenty more food in this section but sadly I did not have enough room for more!

Desserts 1

Desserts 1

Desserts 2

Desserts 2

Desserts 3

Desserts 3

The desserts here were excessive. These three plates show the majority… but not everything! There was a great range of Asian inspired and every day desserts which were cute and usually served in individual bowls.

They were fantastic. I love that the buffet wasn’t let down by boring dessert as is usually the case!

Seafood

Seafood

Pickled calamari with cucumber, oysters (nice and big!), smoked salmon, prawns (shelled for once!) and a big juicy half crab.

Congee Preserved Calamari and Sesame Bun

Congee Preserved Calamari and Sesame Bun

Yummy congee with some salted egg and preserved pork, a chicken sesame bun and weird preserved calamari. All tasty.

There was also a deep-fried section, a salad section, curries, cheese and bread, and plenty of other food I haven’t shown here. I was flabbergasted when I saw the range, comparing it to the Sheraton, which was around $20 more per head! It’s hard to compare the two as China Bar had a range of food, and it was still really good quality.

If you live in Victoria, lucky you. I’m so jealous! This was so much fun.

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Feast @ Sheraton on the Park

Feast at Sheraton on the Park is great fun! A range of seafood, , savouries (salad bar, roasts, accompaniments, soups, cheeses, breads, Peking duck pancakes, pizzas), and sweets including fruit and a vast array of cakes and well made ice-cream. Apologies for the abysmal photo quality – the lighting was really bad and of course I was sitting just in front of the light!

If you’re thinking of going – just be warned. It’s good, but China Bar Signature buffett in Melbourne is better…

Feast Seafood Buffet

Feast Seafood Buffet

The crabs were annoying to shell, as were the prawns, but the bugs were fantastic! The oysters were almost too small to bother with but the Kilpatrick variety were yummy. The sushi was boring but the smoked salmon was delicious… I just really like smoked salmon!

Feast bits and pieces

Feast bits and pieces

The dips, cheese and breads were fantastic. There was a beautiful dark brown glossy exterior on one of the rolls that I loved, went perfect pulled apart and topped with cheese.

Feast Desserts

Feast Desserts

My dining partner and I both filled our plates with desserts and then halved and shared them. That went down well! After around seven plates of food I was full and content. I joined the SPG rewards program, booked with my number and received 15% off, so per person it was around $77! The quality was good, although the peking duck could be improved by having warmed pancakes and not cold.

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All you can eat meat

Braza Churrascaria is an all you can eat meat buffet. Churrascaria is a type of Brazilian barbeque where meat is cooked in the Churrasco style. Situated on Harbour St with a view of the park, Braza costs $49 for the meal. You order side dishes which are not  limited to Portugese dishes, but includes dishes  such as Chinese broccoli, a watery vinegary tomato salsa, chips, different types of salad, yellow rice, black beans, and more.

I didn’t want to fill up on side dishes when there was meat coming, so we only ordered a couple of side dishes. Then the real fun began. I can recommend the lamb and beef with things like garlic, or cheese, or just plain. They were quite salty, but well cooked and tender.The pork leg which I ate was fantastic, with quality crackling on the outside, tasty fat and tender meat. I found the chicken was dry, as a general rule, and the drumsticks just weren’t exciting. The chicken hearts were tough (expected) but the burnt charcoal flavour added nothing to the dish. Garlic bread was nice but, to me, were a waste of stomach space. The prawns were fine. I really enjoyed the barbequed pineapple, with sugar and cinnamon caramelized on the outside, served warm.

Downsides are; trying to get waiter’s attention when you would like something, sometimes a lack of good dishes out, spending more time interacting with waiters and getting food than you do talking or enjoying your food – as you may be halfway through your lamb but then see another dish which you want to try, and not having enough stomach space.

Upsides are; waiters will take orders for types of meat which you would like and make sure they come around to you, once you find out what dishes you like you can ask for more of those dishes, the flavours of some dishes are really nice.

Overall, I think Braza is foremost about quantity but there is quality in there, depending on the cut of meat and what part of the meat you get. It’s worth it for the experience, and I think teenagers would probably be able eat enough to get value for money. You just have to decide if $49 plus drinks is the price for you, when a steak would be just as filling and less pricey.

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