We're a couple of days away from the Winter Solstice, when Chinese families typically gather and celebrate. I'm perennially away from the Parental Units on this day, so I only occasionally get to celebrate it when someone else takes me in (kinda like a stray dog...) out of the kindness of their hearts. This year it would be Hello Kitty's turn, who was celebrating it a little early with her family.
At the beginning of the year, I was invited by the PR team of the Hotel Lisboa to check out the new The Grand Buffet (自助山) at the top of Hopewell Centre. They were excited about bringing the brand to Hong Kong and wanted to see what I thought. Now, this Arrogant Prick normally gives PR teams the cold shoulder, and I normally avoid buffets like the plague, but the team at the Lisboa is one I pay attention to. Unfortunately it was right before my mega eating trip to Tokyo, which would be followed by more eating during Lunar New Year, so I never got around to accepting that invitation.
Almost a year later, I finally had the chance to see it for myself. I was pretty excited about doing lunch there today, especially since Hello Kitty had told me about her earlier, positive experience.
There were also some crab roe xiaolongbao (蟹粉小籠包) in individual steamers. Of course there was more pork than crab roe here, but once again, the quality was pretty good and I'm happy to pop a few more of these into my mouth.
Since there were 60 selections on offer, I had a good time tasting through a bunch of different wines. With the exception of the first wine - where I took 2 pours of 25ml each, I decided to get just 25ml of each wine for a taste.
This turns out to be a good strategy, because I realized that during the 2 hours that I was at the table - OK, I did go around to grab some food, so I wasn't seated at our table for 2 hours non-stop - I did not see a single person get wine from any of the machines. Zero. The few people who did drink opted for the more economical, free-flow Champagne option featuring regular Moët et Chandon.
It's no wonder that I found more than a few wines to be a little off, even though the bottles are supposed to be topped off with gas (I don't know whether they chose nitrogen or argon). So the wines that drank best today were also the biggest wines, as the big nose can overpower and still come through relatively unscathed.
I think we had a couple of happy faces around our table... mine for sure from drinking at lunch. I don't normally do buffet, but I guess if I HAD to, this is where I would come spend my money.