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Treat 54: The Buffet title goes to…

My cousins and I give each other titles similar to royalty that claim a special skill/talent. Actually it’s not like royalty because this title is not a birthright…it is earned. For example I have the title of being the baby whisperer. I have this knack of getting kids on planes to like me or stop them from crying. Exhibit A is 4 year old Ryan on the long haul flight from LA to Sydney back when I was 16 who laughed at all my jokes. However, my title is on the line with my cousin Nat winning the affections of a 2 year old on our recent flight to Sydney. I also have stolen the title of beach person from my cousin Nen by going to the beach every day for 2 weeks but she took my title of being the person that attracts free stuff. So as you can tell these titles are taken seriously, you work hard to claim them. So what does this have to do with treating? Well as my followers would know by now my cousins and I meet regularly for breakfasts before work. We take turns deciding where to go. This time round Nen decided we be daring and branch out to Crown Perth for a buffet breakfast at Atrium. So not only do we have to wake up an extra thirty minutes early we are also competing for the title of the best buffet person. The criteria includes how many laps you can do, how much of your plate you actually eat and how many different food combinations you can make. My problem is I fill my plate to the brim and pick at things and only eat what I like. Most things on my plate have only one bite taken out of them. For my first lap I did the traditional scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms and hash brown along with some random breakfast options like steamed fish, roasted vegetables and glazed ham. The fish was discarded quite early on…my mind couldn’t comprehend fish for breakfast. The ham made me feel like it was Christmas again but it is no match to the wonderful glazed ham efforts of my Aunty Georgette and the Nigella inspired ham that my friend Nush made for Thanksgiving 2012. I was disappointed that for the premium price you pay for this buffet that poached eggs are not an option. They do make an omelette in front of your eyes but for a majority of the time this was left unattended so I didn’t benefit from this. Another criticism is that they only offer percolated coffee. You have to pay $5 extra for your standard cappuccino/flat white options. You could end up out of pocket by $45 for breakfast. It’s not the best way to start the day. Round 2 I tried the Asian offerings like gai lan, dumplings and stir fried noodles. I’m not afraid of such savoury options around 10am dim sum time but at 7am I was struggling. This round was left mainly on the plate. After the overwhelming savoury options I went for sweets in Round 3. Think waffles, hot cakes, pastries and fruit. The highlight for me was the snail raisin pastry. It was light and crunchy. The hotcakes were slightly cold…unlike the freshly made ones you get at a Hyatt High Tea buffet. Same issue with the waffles. The strawberries were out of season and sour. Overall, the Atrium breakfast buffet has a lot of options. Maybe too many because the execution and quality isn’t always there. It’s that small attention to detail that can raise a buffet from ordinary to exciting and worth the premium price. Would I go back to a buffet before work? No. I should have learnt my lesson after the Miss Maud experience (see Treat 31). But my philosophy is at first you don’t succeed pick yourself up and try it again…and again. I was wrecked for the rest of the day. I think I was in a food coma that required intensive care (a nap) rather than work. Congratulations to my cousin Nen for her five laps of the buffet tables and for scraping her plates clean rather than my poor attempt. I also liked what she did with her pancakes…great choice with the berries. She has officially been crowned the Buffet Queen of the cousins (well between Nat and I at least). If you have time on your hands (before work is not recommended) and want to enjoy breakfast at a leisurely pace with a variety of options then head down to the Atrium buffet at Crown Perth. It is a guaranteed food coma especially with a title up for grabs you will be doing a lot of laps to win. Yes the competitive Monica (from Friends) in me comes out and a buffet becomes a competition. Except I lost…I don’t how to feel. I’ll have to steal back my getting things for free title from Nen or my baby whisperer title from Nat.

THE FOOD JOURNEY

Round 1

Round 1

The sweet round - shame about the sour strawberries

The sweet round – shame about the sour strawberries

THE DESTINATION
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Treat 31: Missing the mark

On this random Wednesday morning it was time for a long overdue catch up with the cousins. Today’s breakfast adventure was at Miss Mauds in the city for an all you can eat feast. Now at 7am it might be hard to stomach a buffet. That’s what I thought till I got there and all of a sudden the hunger pains hit. For $26 you get a decent spread. I’ve had better. In terms of hot food there is fried and scrambled eggs, hash browns, grilled tomatoes, sausages, baked beans, hotcakes and French toast. Another section included a variety of boxed cereals, pastries, yoghurt, fruit, bread and spreads. On my first trip to the buffet I went straight to the hot food. The scrambled eggs were a favourite, nicely salted which I ate on rye. The hash brown was a let down, there was one bite where I had a nasty hard piece of bacon. One of my favourite hash brown/potato cakes is the one at Ikea which I normally get with the salmon. I normally get disappointed because I keep going to Ikea on the day when they have chips or boiled potato instead. I really have to nut out what day they do the potato cake. On my second lap I tried out the French toast, slightly dried out from sitting out on the buffet table. The star of the show was the custard pastry ignoring the tired looking fruit. I love good danish. My local IGA makes this awesome apricot danish, with a crunchy yet soft lattice and jammy fake apricot taste. Don’t ask me why but I have fond memories walking with my mum to buy this danish. It’s obviously just a frozen pastry that is baked in store but it tastes delicious when it’s warm out of the oven like most things do. The fruit offering was extensive with your standard fare including strawberries, melons, pineapple, banana, apple and oranges. Unfortunately the strawberries were quite tart and not enjoyable. I think the most disappointing feature of this buffet is the drinks. Even Ikea gives you a real coffee; the beans are even fair trade. At Miss Mauds all you get is the percolated kind. Disappointing Darren. I felt like I was at a diner in the USA but at least the waitress pours it for you. I think for the amount you pay you are better off going to brunch spots like (sorry but I can’t help it) Sayers, Tuckshop, Mrs S and Boucla. In saying that though buffets are a lot of fun, getting to do laps of the buffet tables and having competitions to see who can eat the most. Yes I know I’m immature at times. I am going to test out another buffet breakfast, the Atrium at Crown Perth to see if you get better bang for your buck. Miss Mauds breakfast buffet still packs a punch, it was crowded this morning. If you feel like doing something different and you conveniently work in the city then say hello to Miss Mauds for a random all you can eat breakfast adventure.

THE FOOD JOURNEY

Round 1 – great scrambled eggs!

Round 2 – get a pastry.


THE DESTINATION
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