April 19, 2014
Wow this post is long overdue but better late than never, right?
Michael and I booked a 50% off Dimmi Special to enjoy an Easter lunch date together at Thyme², a buffet restaurant within Sofitel Brisbane Hotel.
From the description on their website, we were looking forward to a promising lunch:
“The interactive kitchen has set a benchmark for innovative dining. The theatre of chefs cooking live to an audience provides a stimulating, visual tableau and an international dining experience that will ensure you come back for more.
Challenge your tastebuds with 150 different dishes weekly and delight in 15 international themes including French, Mediterranean dishes in wood-fired ovens, Indian fare in our authentic Tandoor Ovens or watch as Asian cuisines come alive in our Chinese woks.”
With reservations for 12:30pm, the first thoughts we had upon entering were, “Wow, is it because it’s Easter weekend or is it always this busy?” Many tables, all full of patrons. The second thought we had was, “Nice decor, good ambiance and the service from staff here is absolutely lovely.”
We were seated beside the window with a view of Anzac Square and offered sparkling wine. Yes, free flow sparkling wine is included during breakfast and lunch dining times. 😉 Hungry and eager to see what the buffet had to offer, we headed towards the food.
The variety at the salad bar was decent and tasty.
Of course, the seafood – 3 items. Very tiny, but but fresh oysters. The mussles were plump and quite tasty, and I normally don’t like mussles! Large prawns, although tough and rubbery.
We found the selection of hot foods very lacking, with mostly Indian curries, some pastas and vegetable options. Also, the only interactive aspect of the buffet was a person manning the roast meat station, carving for guests. A little lame for an interactive buffet.
My lovely date!
We hoped for a better dessert selection and was pleasantly surprised with the variety of pastries and sweets, with even some gluten free options.
I was disappointed that there were no strawberries or any fruit at the chocolate fountain.
There was also a cart with a number of nice cheeses, dried fruits, nuts, breads, and crackers.
Overall, we enjoyed our lunch at Thyme2, mostly because we were able to spend time together as opposed to the food.
The selection and quality, especially hot foods, simply did not live up to expectations. And I assume there is already a better selection on the weekends compared to weekdays, although I could be wrong. I’m glad we dined for 50% off because the regular price of $76 per person is exorbitant. However, the staff were great the entire time we dined. Extremely friendly and pleasant and quick to refill our glasses and clear our tables.
Would we return? With such average food, no because it’s simply not worth it. Unfortunately, for the price, we would definitely be able to treat ourselves to a great quantity of much better food!
With happy bellies and such a beautiful day, we stayed in Anzac Square after lunch and… took a nap. It was glorious!
The view from where we lying, which was also the view from our table in the restaurant.