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Non-standard treats/eats

Steve May 3, 2002 09:12 PM

Over time I've explored some interesting places for food and treats.

The Four Seasons Hotel:
(1) English High Tea- featuring a three course "meal/snack?" of tea, cucumber sandwiches, pastry, and scones with clotted cream, lemon curd, and marmalade.

(2) Viennese Pastry Buffet- Every Friday and Saturday night from 9 - 12 midnight they host an all you can eat pastry buffet or for a smaller fee you can get your choice of two desserts. They offer pies, cakes, and pastry. It is a little bit pricey but worth it in my opinion.

Does anyone else have any other hidden gems such as these? Or, have you been to these places and what do you think?

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    Chris VR RE: Steve May 4, 2002 09:10 AM

    Definitely the Chocolate Buffet at Le Meridien. AYCE gorgeous chocolate desserts. Mmmmmmmmmm.

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      Joanie RE: Chris VR May 4, 2002 07:18 PM

      On a much less grand scale, Sunset Grill has a free buffet on Sun-Tues. nite around midnite (I think they still do it). Just bar food like wings, quesadillas, etc., but free is free.

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        ScratchBaker RE: Chris VR May 5, 2002 12:10 AM

        I don't vote for the Meridian Chocolate Buffet. Tried it a few years ago and found everything sweet, not rich, and overall a total disappointment. And I am a serious chocoholic.

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          C. Fox RE: ScratchBaker May 5, 2002 06:57 PM

          I'll second that. Do the chocolate buffet only if you are working through a major sugar jones. Chocoholics needn't bother...though the choc. bread pudding really was a treat...but I think you can get that without going the buffet route.

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            ScratchBaker RE: C. Fox May 5, 2002 11:13 PM

            To me, the success of bread pudding is butter. And you're right, now I do recall that was the only thing on the Meridian buffet I liked, but it wasn't because of the chocolate, it was because of the butter. For great chocolate, I buy 5kg blocks of Callebaut bittersweet at Marty's Liquors, chop it up, and eat a chunk after lunch every day. Wonderful!

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              ironmom RE: ScratchBaker May 5, 2002 11:42 PM

              No point in buying any smaller quantity than 5 kg. Even so, you're out before you know it.

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          munchabunch RE: Chris VR May 6, 2002 03:05 PM

          I second the Chocolate buffet at Le Meridien. It's a little uneven but that's to be expected at such an extensive buffet. Passion fruit cake there was fabulous. Many of the other cakes and cookies were good. Take a break from the chocolate and try the fruit crepes with Grand Marnier. They generously fill the crepes with beutiful raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries... Go with someone you know well enough to share with so you can try more. Have to strongly disagree with the folks who disliked this buffet in the following posts.

          Re: Viennese buffet at Four Seasons. We were kept waiting for over an hour for our table, had a rude and inattentive waiter, and hit or miss desserts with no standouts. Never went back.

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