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Published November 13th 2012
5 Star Buffet is really five star dining
Hazelnut Norgen-Vaaz Icecream (and yes I did eat the cake nearly forgetting to take the photo)
5 Star Buffet is one of the best buffets I have experienced. I would be very confident dining with a group here whether it be business or family. Buffet selections tend to bring out the child in us but this has a great level of sophistication with a full bar and coffee service.
[ADVERT]Disabled access: I asked about disabled access and was shown the double door entrance and disabled toilet facilities. They seemed adequate with a large sliding door.There is one small step out to the atrium dining area.
Trees surround the outdoor atrium style dining area which for a reasonably busy Wantirna Road was still peaceful. Music played at reasonable level and I dined with local artist Gotye's recent album which I love.
My favourite part of any buffet meal. Spot the stuffed vine leaves? Yum.
Okay, the food. There's a great Mediterranean and Australian selection, with loads of fresh fruit and my favourite vine leaves. I'm fussy with my salads so I'm pleased to be able to report on the perfect crispness of each piece of cucumber, lettuce leaf and tomato. Fresh and healthy condiments like chillies and olives added to my meal.
Healthy hot foods with a larger selection provided at dinner. and on weekends.
The hot food provided a good selection with even more on weekends and dinner such as pizza. Being vegetarian I can't tell you how the crumbed chicken tasted but even in my humble opinion it looked healthy as the crumbing seemed light. Seafood lovers will appreciate the cold prawn bar.
I'll admit to a sweet tooth today as I could not dine without trying the Norgen-Vaas Gelateria. It was included in the buffet price which is very good value. For business dining a Gelateria works better than lining up with kids for a cone.
5 Star Buffet have a full bar and my double shot flat white and a small piece of cake was a relaxing end to a good meal. Perhaps I could have gone back for more of that but I had trouble making it past my first course which was lentil soup so I was full. Pumpkin soup was also on offer but but gosh that lentil soup was so nourishing.
My tip for buffet dining: don't load your plate with every choice especially if you intend to visit again. Your taste buds have half a chance if you construct your meal as you would normally. Last visit, I had the salad bar and one piece of vegetarian pizza with some garlic bread. I had plenty of room for the lemon gelato and a very well poured flat white. With that much salad on offer it is possible to have healthy choices with an added indulgence ;)
I'm curious about this review. This place has received an absolute caning from various diners on Urban Spoon.....each dining as recently as Sept, Oct and Nov this year.
Yet Michelle really talks it up. Is she impartial or is she connected to this venue in some way?