The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Yummy Japanese and buffet brunch @ Yamm, Hong Kong

What do you do when you find yourself at meal time inside a restaurant that prides itself in offering the best hotel buffet in Hong Kong? Most people would naturally go for the signature buffet, as did most of the patrons inside Yamm at The Mira on Sunday at noon. Even hubby, who is currently on the cutting phase of his fitness regime, yielded to the buffet temptation after seeing the glorious range of delicious-looking food on the buffet tables (though I must add that he was very disciplined in avoiding high carb items). As for myself, one of my resolutions this year is to avoid buffet. I am unfortunately highly undisciplined around lots of food, and I always suffer for it afterwards with bad tummy aches. I'm happy to report that I did avoid the buffet and instead ordered from the a-la-carte menu, but sadly I wasn't feeling that fantastic anyway so I couldn't enjoy lunch for how good it was. We were at Yamm for a long overdue catch up with hubby's ever-busy aunt and her husband before they left on their next trip. We always have a good time with them, so the company was great!

View from our table towards the buffet partition:

Yamm is spacious with high ceilings and a modern decor. It is a 5-star hotel restaurant, yet the atmosphere is relaxing and not stuffy. The service we received was nothing short of excellent, and we were well-looked after. Both the menu and the buffet spread offered a nice range of both Western and Asian dishes, and Japanese sushi and sashimi dishes feature quite prominently. The a-la-carte dishes did take a while to arrive at the table, but that is understandable since most of the kitchen staff's attention would be on the buffet counter. Before I get onto the buffet photos, let me show-and-tell our a-la-carte dishes first.

For the boy: Ebi Tempura Maki - tempura fried shrimp, flying fish roe, and basil mayo. He enjoyed picking off the tiny crunchy orange spheres of tobiko to eat first, but when it came to eating the actual roll, I had to help (still quite messy as sushi rolls aren't made for little mouths):

For myself: Bara Chirashi - Japanese vinegar-flavoured rice bowl with sashimi and miso soup. I was pleased that the sashimi were fresh and of good quality, which is quite rare in Hong Kong:

There were a lot of delicious-looking food on the buffet counter, ranging from cold stuff like sashimi, sushi and oysters au naturel to the hot foods like roasted pork belly, curry and gyoza. There was an egg station where you could get your eggs cooked just as you like. The dessert range was pretty, and there was even a cold stone in the ice cream section where you could order your own custom-made ice cream - the first I've encountered at a buffet in HK! I didn't eat any of the buffet items so I cannot comment, but hubby said that the food was pretty good.

Baked goods of various bread, rolls, pastries and muffins:

The cool section where the oysters, sashimi and sushi are (hot foods are further down):

Roasted pork belly - that crackling looks good:

The dessert section:

The ice cream section with several ice cream flavours, a cold stone and various ingredients and toppings:

Hubby grabbed three au naturel oysters (I would have gotten at least half a dozen - but that is exactly why I can't do buffets!):

One of hubby's plates from the hot food section:

Hubby's omelette with "everything":

Hubby's plate of salad and various chilled items:

We all had a great time catching up with relatives and eating yummy food. Who knew that good and fresh quality sushi and sashimi could be found at Yamm?

Lobby Level
The Mira Hong Kong
118 Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel. +852 2368 1111