Oyster & Wine Bar Breakfast
In my previous post about the Towers Lounge at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, I told you about some of the perks we received for being a Towers guest at the hotel. We had exclusive access and use of the Towers Lounge where we were treated to daily afternoon tea and evening hors d’oeuvres. However, I haven’t mentioned yet that one of the best perks was that Towers guests were also served a private breakfast in the hotel’s Oyster & Wine Bar, located on the 18th floor of the hotel, the highest floor in the complex.
The Oyster & Wine Bar, much like the Towers Lounge, 2 floors below, provided an uninterrupted view of Victoria Harbour as you dined on a private breakfast. For other guests of the hotel who weren’t Towers guests, there was breakfast provided on the 2nd floor of the hotel, making access to the Oyster & Wine Bar exclusive and private. Because of this, the dining room was peaceful and quiet and the service of the staff was impeccable.
The breakfast was actually like having 2 breakfasts in one. Once a host/hostess showed you to your private table, you were given a menu. Each guest was allowed to choose one freshly prepared breakfast item from the menu. There were western favorites including waffles, eggs and pancakes, and there was a selection of Asian favorites for breakfast including congee and grilled salmon and rice.
During breakfast on our second day in Hong Kong, I chose to order the steak and eggs off the menu, served with hash browns and a roasted tomato. The egg was cooked perfectly over easy, as I had requested. This alone would have been a filling breakfast.
My husband opted to order his favorite breakfast, eggs benedict, which also came served with hash browns. He also thought that these were quite filling and delicious.
One our third day in Hong Kong, before we checked out of the hotel, we opted to try something new off the breakfast menu, but both ended up ordering pretty much the same thing. I chose banana pancakes with maple syrup. The pancakes were dusted with powdered sugar and were perfect with fresh banana slices.
My husband chose the blueberry pancakes with maple syrup. Again, the pancakes came dusted with powdered sugar, and the distinctive blue color of the blueberry. What my husband appreciated was that the pancakes were actually made with fresh blueberries rather than canned or frozen.
I mentioned that there were 2 parts to breakfast. The first was being able to order a meal off of a menu. The second part of breakfast was that there was also a breakfast buffet with a lot of western, and some eastern, favorites to compliment the breakfast menu. Hard to start off breakfast without some fresh juices. We had the option of fresh tomato, orange or grapefruit juice. And service at the Oyster & Wine bar were excellent as it seemed like they never let our glasses go empty before they offered to fill it up with juice for us.
There was a self-serve bread carving station. This featured all sorts of fresh crusty bread, along with the traditional white and wheat toast. All you’d have to do is grab the bread you wanted, put it on the carving board, use the bread knife to cut off as much as you wanted. If you wanted your bread toasted, there was a self-service rotating toaster next to the bread station to warm up or toast your bread selection.
Of course, there was the traditional French croissants. We had our choice of chocolate croissant, whole wheat croissants or the traditional flaky, buttery croissant.
There was also an array of pastries featuring a variety of mini Danishes. There was also an assortment of bagels, and donuts as well, and a mix of all sorts of flavored jams.
There was a cheese and crackers display as well. And for the little kids, or those who just enjoy boxed cereals, there was an assortment of small boxed cereals to enjoy.
With the cheese display, there was also an assortment of cold cuts – prosciutto, salami, mortadella, etc. as well as smoked salmon, and the accompaniments of gherkins and baby spring onions.
There was also a display of various fresh fruits, including strawberries, raspberries and blueberries as well as peach slices and lychee. If you wanted muesli or cottage cheese, they had that too. As well as an array of oats and granola.
If that wasn’t enough, there was fresh cut melons and other fruit to indulge in. Watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe or pineapple, anyone?
And finally, at the far end, there was an assortment of yougurts, milk cartons, and canned fruit juices chilled in ice. Also, there was a selection of whole tropical fruits including rambutan, figs, longan and mangosteen.
How could you not fill yourself up every morning when you were offered such a terrific breakfast selection? It was a great way to fuel up for the long day of sightseeing that lay ahead of us.