Before leaving Malaysia, we applied for Starwood Privilege Card to enjoy some of the best fine-dining restaurants for up to 50% of the price. Not only can we enjoy discounts in Malaysia, we get to enjoy similar benefits in all Starwood chain hotels around the world. There is a little catch though, in that not all restaurants in the Starwood Group hotels provide this benefit, so one would have to check with the hotel to confirm. One of the restaurants that does accept the Starwood Privilege card is Feast at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. It’s located just opposite the huge Hyde Park, which is where the name is derived from, presumably.
Feast is well-known for its International Seafood Buffet, boasting 20 different nationalities in its kitchen with diverse backgrounds and cuisines. We made a reservation for lunch on a Saturday and were given a nice table just next to the window, overlooking the Hyde Park. The restaurant started off rather quietly but by 1pm, the place was full. But the good thing was food was constantly refilled, even the fresh seafood.
Feast dining environment
Fresh seafood on ice
I have to admit, the choice was not as extensive as what Malaysian hotels would have. For example, most Malaysian buffets would have some soft of curry or fried rice or noodle station at some corner. The buffet at Feast was more focused on seafood, and they’re bloody good at it. The shrimps, for example, were succulent and sweet without fail. Both Saucer and I had no complaints about them. The crayfish which normally has a drier texture was juicy and sweet. One of the dish that we couldn’t stop raving about was the grilled salmon – it was literally melt-in-your-mouth soft without being mushy.
Salad and smoked salmon for appetizer
Mussels, oysters, prawn, crayfish, salmon and squid
Saucer’s second seafood plate
Succulent fresh prawns
Crab, oysters, smoked salmon, mussel, prawn and ebi sushi
The oysters were slightly smaller in size, but very clean and fresh. After having multiple attempts at eating huge oysters in Malaysia, I realized that the bigger they were, the more fishy they tasted. So I’m good with small but fresh oysters, thank you. The roast beef was another highlight of the buffet. Thinly sliced, tender and full of flavour. Not to forget was the amazing pork ribs! I was so glad to see them being served and had 2 pieces of those. They were smoky, sticky and oh-so-yummy. Based on the prices some restaurants charge for pork ribs, it’s almost worth it to go to this buffet just for the ribs.
Tender roast beef and pork ribs
Last but not least, desserts! The selection was pretty decent, with the usual suspects there – cheese cake, chocolate cake, creme brulee and tarts. There were also ice-cream, cookies, chocolates, opera cake and rocky road.
Mini raspberry cheese cake
Included with the meal was coffee or tea, so we had a cup of coffee each to help us stay awake after the absolutely filling meal. I was pleasantly surprised to find the coffee served pretty good. Needless to say, we both left the place completely stuffed and satiated. The selection of food might not be as huge as what we had in Malaysia, but the quality of food was certainly above par.
Our nice window seats
Feast at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
Feast – a world of flavours
Level 1, Sheraton on the Park
161 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel No: +612 9286 6000
Opening Hours: Lunch (12.00 pm to 2.30 pm) Dinner (6.00 pm to 10.30 pm)
Price: From $75 – $99 /person depending on session