Whisk Sunday Brunch
118 Nathan Road, 5/F
Tsim Sha Tsui,, Kowloon Hong Kong
+852 2315 - 5999
Whisk is a restaurant in the posh hotel Mira, which is renowned for having Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower, stay. This hotel is conveniently located in the middle of the main Hong Kong tourist district. We were originally going to revisit our favorite Sunday Brunch buffet, Conrad, but after having an even better buffet in Singapore, we decided to try something new and less expensive. Whisk is a Contemporary European the rest of the week.
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 2011 brought us to stellar Harbourside in the Intercontinental Hong Kong. The Conrad Buffet in Hong Kong has remained our favorite buffet in the world. The Ritz Carlton Singapore comes in a close second.
Whisk Buffet Walkthrough
Whisk Buffet Cheese, Desserts
Decor, Vibe – Whisk is housed in a modern room, with nice soft touches and a high ceiling. Clearly the crowd included hotel guests as well as locals ready to indulge.
Whisk Sunday Brunch Buffet in the Hong Kong Mira costs vary depending on whether you choose the early or late seating, as well as if you select alcohol. The early seating from 11am – 1pm costs HK$498, HK$598 with alcohol. Children 3 – 11 pay HK$398. The later seating from 1:30pm – 4:30pm costs HK$588 or HK$748. 10% service charge. They refilled all the stations between seatings.
Unlimited Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut NV, Sirius by Maison Sichel 2011 wine, and Sangria, Bellini, Mimosa, or Young, Free and Single cocktails. The food here crosses Asian and Western boundaries.
The Whisk Buffet allows you to order one item from an abbreviated menu, which includes two types of eggs: Poached Egg or Egg Blinis
Bite sized main dishes included: Wagyu Beef Cheek (just ok), Cod Fish, or Risotto with Truffles (excellent).
Steamed Scallops in garlic were also brought around and served to us.
Soup: Crab Bisque, and a curry lobster soup.
Salad and appetizers: Eggplant with Couscous, Cucumber Salad, Bayonne Ham, Vegetable sticks with dip, asparagas salad, Fresh Fruit, Ceviche European Tomato, Shrimp Salad, Ahi Tuna, Salmon, prosciutto, and more
High quality deli meats or charcuterie, Parma Ham, jamon freshly cut off the hoof. (Excellent)
Seafood: live oyster shucking bar (two types), clams, Cockles, prawns, King crab claws, Boston Lobster Medallions.
Four types of caviar along with Vodka shots.
Marinated sea food options, shrimp, Mackeral, Salmon, octopus, seaweed, etc.
Rillettes & Terrine of foie gras was available in several styles along with several types of country pate from Les Landes. Quality was decent. This is banned in California, so we ate a ton here. We wish they had sauteed Foie Gras.
Lots of prepared hot foods including seafood, Chinese foods, Grilled mixed seasonal vegetables.
Carved to order suckling pig, Wagyu Spare Ribs (Excellent), Roast Duck and Chicken.
Quality Sushi and four kinds of freshly cut Sashimi made with very fresh ingredients.
Bread, Rolls, Croissants, Swiss Laugen, Mira Muesli Walnut Bread, Blueberry Milk Bread Roll, German Pumpernickel, Italian Focaccia, German Pretzel Bread and Pastries, in a beautiful station. These were all quality homemade baked goods.
Impressive Cheese area with many fine cheeses from around the world. Lots of fruit, chutney and bread to go with it.
Baileys Cheesecake, Baba au Cointreau, Oreo-Chocolate Truffles Pot de Creme, Assorted Mini Cupcakes, Illy Coffee Slush Dessert, puddings, Tiramisu, Floating Island on Caramel “Anglaise”, Raspberry Delight, macaroons, Milk Tea Panna Cotta, Peach Pie, gelatins, chocolates, and more. Tawny Port.
Five kinds of Swiss Movenpick premium ice cream, tons of candy.
Interestingly, there was no dim sum or fresh sashimi.
Service – Whisk Brunch Buffet had very good service. There wasn’t a need to hail servers, as they were constantly scanning the room. Plate changes, food offerings, and more were performed smoothly.
Value – At HK$498 (US$63), Whisk Brunch is not cheap, but offers good value in its variety, unlimited liquor is just HK$100 (US$15) more, and good quality food. The better buffets in Hong Kong cost around HK$700 (US$91).
Alternatives – Our favorites include Intercontinental Harborside, Conrad, and JW Marriott.
Verdict – Whisk Brunch Buffet was a good option for us. Some others in our party actually hit the Cuisine Cuisine Michelin Star rated dim sum downstairs at the same time! While this buffet is not the best in Hong Kong, it is easy to get to and priced fairly. Compared to the US, you would be hard pressed to find an equivalent. In the San Francisco area, only the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch equals this.
Reservations required. 10% service charge.
Have you dined at a better buffet? Do tell! We wil fly just around the world to try it.