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  • Conrad Hotel's Nicolini's Sunday Brunch on the Eight Review, Hong Kong
    2010

    Conrad Hotel’s Nicolini’s Sunday Brunch on the Eight Restaurant Review, Hong Kong

    Posted by Foodnut.com

    Reviewer: Foodnut.com

    Nicolini's Brunch on the Eight

    88 Queensway

    Hong Kong, China SAR

    852-2521-3838

    852-2521-3888 (Fax)

    Nicolini's Brunch on the Eight Website

    Could this be one of the best buffets in the world?

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong exterior decor

    Best buffet in Hong Kong? Best buffet in the world? Nicolini’s is a Italian restaurant in posh Hong Kong’s Conrad Hotel on Hong Kong Island island’s business oriented Central district. The Conrad hotel is a luxury hotel where rooms start at a $400 night. They switch the 8th floor restaurants; Brasserie on the Eight and Nicolini’s, into to a legendary Sunday brunch buffet with the food stationed in the hallway between the two restaurants. Seating occurs in either restaurant with Nicholini’s, where we dined, offering the better environment.

    Other Buffets: Conrad Nicolini’s Sunday Brunch Buffet, Harbourside Buffet,, JW Marriott Hong Kong, Tiffen Buffet Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

    Our top buffet: Ritz Carlton Singapore Sunday Brunch

    Other Hong Kong Reviews:  Lung King HeenChuen Kee Seafood,Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, Fook Lam Moon, Lei Garden, Ming Court, Sai Kung Seafood Market, Sun Tung Lok, Yung Kee.

    We are fans of upscale buffets, not to overindulge in excess, but to have fun sampling a large cross section of fine foods. Our last trip in 2008 brought us to stellar Harbourside in the Intercontinental Hong Kong. Ritz Carlton Navio Half Moon Bay is the best around here. Would the Conrad one up them?

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong interior decor

    Decor, Vibe – Nicolini’s is an elegant room with a nice view of the other nearby skyscrapers. Large paints on the wall, opera muzak, elegant oak wood wall paneling, and formal booths and old school plush seating line the room. The restaurant was fairly full with business folks, hotel guests, families, older set, and other well heeled people. Grab one of their newspaper and enjoy a couple hours.

    Conrad Buffet Menu

    Sunday brunch on the Eight costs HK$838 (US$107) with unlimited champagne. $728 without alcohol, with a children 3-11 at HK$338.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong 81

    Conrad is unique in that they also allow you to select from 8 entree’s off the menu. Make sure you do this early or else you will overeat and never get your chance. The food crosses Asian and Western boundaries.

    Conrad Nicolini Sunday Brunch Buffet Full image set

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong appetizers Salmon beef tartare

    Salad and appetizers: Fresh Fruit, Cold Cuts, Smoked salmon, Beef Tartare, Shrimp Salads, Hummus, Scallops, Ahi Tuna, prosciutto and more

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong lobster prawns

    Seafood: Tons of Huge prawns, King crab claws, lobsters. Quality was ok, not super. Excellent oysters

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong seafood salads

    Marinated sea food options, shrimp, octopus, seaweed, etc.


    Foie Gras Cooking Station

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong Cook foie gras

    Seared foie gras was cooked while you wait. Port sauce and crostini. This was truly top notch thinly sliced Foie Gras better than most restaurants. We probably ate $60 worth of Foie Gras alone. Towards the early afternoon, the area got pretty smoky from all the cooking. Time to work it off sweating outside… Foie Gras Terrine was very smooth and top notch. This station also made omelets.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong cooked foods

    Lots of prepared hot foods including seafood, Chinese foods, vegetables, two soups, bangers and mash, and some classic breakfast items.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong steamed whole fish

    Chinese style whole steamed groupa fish. Also Roast Duck and Chicken.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong sashimi sushi

    Beautiful Sushi and Sashimi made with very fresh ingredients. Not the best grade fish though.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong baked ham

    Carving Station: Ham and Beef Wellington

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong prime rib

    Excellent Prime rib and good veal. Even individualized melted cheese potatoes.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong breads cereal

    Bread, Pastry, and Cereal station did not get much play with all the other goodies.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong Lamb chops

    Ordered off the menu: King Prawns wrapped in Bacon, Provencal Butter, Marinated Aussie Lamb Chops on Grilled Vegetables were both very nicely done, high quality restaurant entrees with the prawns surpassing the ones in the buffet.


    Pasta Station

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong Cook fresh pasta

    Pasta station served VERY high quality custom made to order pastas and sauces. Home made noodles, truffle sauce, squid ink pasta, and more.
    Nicolini’s received Four Michelin Forks, so there is no doubt you are getting quality Italian food. They also had a Japanese udon Noodle station and very good Chinese Congee.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong dim sum

    Limited dim sum choices. Siu Mai, Har gow, etc. We think most folks get enough of this every day.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong Indian food curry

    Four types of Indian curries, yogurt, bread, rice.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong cheese cart

    Cheese cart with several fine cheeses.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong kids meal

    Kid’s station that sure to satisfy the pickiest eater. Candy, mini burgers, fries, popcorn.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong desserts

    Dessert puddings, cakes, millefeuille, creme brulee, egg tarts, red bean soup, Asian tapioca and grass jelly, and more.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong dessert crepes

    Custom dessert crepes with lots of toppings.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong ice cream

    Three kinds of premium ice cream.

    Conrad Nicholinis Sunday Brunch Hong Kong chocolate fountain

    Chocolate fountain with requisite targets.

    Six kinds of juices, coffee, and tea were included.

    Service – Conrad Nicolini Sunday Brunch Buffet had very good to excellent service with an abundance of servers waiting to clear your plates, fold napkins, refill your glasses, and cater to any wish. Our champagne glass was almost always full!

    Value – At US$100+, Conrad’s Brunch is not cheap, but offers maximum value in its wide variety, unlimited champagne, and high quality items. The addition of menu ordering makes this even more unique. This goes way above and beyond Vegas buffets like the Wynn, and surpasses the Ritz Carlton Navio brunch and at a lower price.

    Alternatives – Nearby restaurants include the next door JW Marriott Hong Kong Sunday buffet. Intercontinental Tsim Tsa Tsui Harbourside Hong Kong buffet is also a great choice.

    Verdict – Conrad Nicolini Sunday Brunch on the Eight Buffet lives up to its billing as an excellent buffet, the best we have dined at so far. When in Hong Kong, take a break from the awesome Chinese food and give it a try. We do not believe this type level of buffet exists in the USA. Does it?
    Reservations recommended. 10% service charge. MTR: Admiralty

    Nicolini's Brunch on the Eight Overall Rating: (Extraordinary! 4)

    Come Back?

    Food Rating: (Super)
    Service Rating: (Excellent)
    Atmosphere Rating: (Super)
    Value Rating: (Excellent)

    Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

    Alcohol:Full Bar
    Attire:Smart Casual
    Hours:Sun 11am - 3pm
    Parking:Valet
    Reservations:Yes
    Prices:HK$338 - $838
    Posted on August 18th, 2010
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    11 Responses to “Conrad Hotel’s Nicolini’s Sunday Brunch on the Eight Restaurant Review, Hong Kong”

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    2. Virginia Leung Says:

      I went there with 5 of my friends, the ventilation is totally not working with the food cooking on the location, the whole area is filled with oily smoky smell and it is not a big concern since the food quality is ok.

      The staff manner is totally the problem, with the bill costs us HKD4,200 for a brunch, it is not acceptable, the worst 5-star hospitality in HK as I ever experience.

      When we asked for the bill and we would like to pay by individual credit cards, the staff replied rudely saying “so you all want separate bills?” and we said yes and then he came back with 6 bill books and dropped those on the table for us to sign. And say NO thank you at all. We were all surprised by a so-called 5-star hotel hospitality and I would never go or recommend any of my friend to pay for a restaurant meal like this.

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