Secure Parking has a 2 for the price of 1 breakfast deal which ends 31st December this year. That's right, New Year's Eve, so say goodbye to 2014 with this deal. Normally $38 each, it's now $38 for two if you mention the offer. Secure Parking has a member's site called Club Secure. Recently Club Secure aligned themselves with some businesses to bring deals to their members. Subscription is free to become a member of Club Secure.
Now, for the breakfast. I've been to the Glass Brasserie four times for breakfast in the last three years. I have left very full and immensely satisfied with the food. This visit, though, was a mixed experience.
The Glass Brasserie has one of the largest buffet breakfast areas I've seen in any hotel (believe me, I've been to a few). At one end of the restaurant was a long table laden with assorted breads, rolls and buns. There were also a large assortment of muffins including raspberry, orange and poppyseed and chocolate. They were mouth-watering. The pastries - apple danish, cherry danish and chocolate filled - were delicious. The cinnamon donuts, though, were unappetising and my partner and I left them half-eaten. For hot drinks, the waiter told us that we could only choose English Breakfast tea and percolated coffee, otherwise we would have to pay for another option. In the past, the price included a variety of tea and coffee so this was disappointing.
At the other end of the restaurant were the hot and cold selections, cereals and a large range of juices. There were pre-made mixed juices in glasses but they lacked flavour. The fruits, though, ware juicy and refreshing. Many of the hot foods were either lukewarm or cold. The porridge was stodgy and almost cold. The eggs Benedict was also barely hot. The pancakes were tasty yet lukewarm. A big let-down were the eggs sunnyside up which had just arrived from the kitchen to the buffet station. The beautiful yellow yolk and the perfectly rounded white of the egg was enticing. When I took a bite of this egg, it was absolutely cold. I was stunned. How was it possible that food could get cold as soon as it came out from the kitchen?
There were some stand-outs, though. My partner enjoyed his made-to-order ham, cheese and herb omelette. The hash browns, potato rosti, sausages and tomatoes were lovely in taste and heat.
I just hope that sometime soon, the kitchen staff will lift their game. It may be a long time before I'm willing to visit the Glass Brasserie for a buffet breakfast. I was relieved that I did not pay full price for the buffet.