I'm a freelance writer, mum to three girls aged between 6 months and 10 years and I love travelling, eating and exploring, always with my girls!
Published May 8th 2012
For my 40th birthday I requested a Sunday buffet lunch and left the details to my husband. I love a buffet because then my kids can choose what they want and I like having a little bit of everything.
He chose Mesh Restaurant at the Crown Promenade Hotel. At $50 a head per adult it first seemed a bit steep, but kids eat free on Sundays, it's a seafood buffet, there is live entertainment and free flowing champagne. As I always loathe paying $12 for greasy chicken nuggets and chips for my girls I thought this was a great deal.
When we arrived the restaurant was already packed, it was obviously very popular for celebrations like birthdays, bar mitzvahs and christenings. And as kids are free (allow me to say it again) it won't break the bank.
My girls went straight for the hot food as they love a roast, the only slightly negative was that the only roast available was pork. But the delicious roast potatoes and crispy veggies made up for that. There were also kangaroo steaks and loads of other meat and fish dishes to choose from.
But the seafood selection was outstanding - fresh oysters, mussels, prawns and a selection of tasty fish dishes.
I was a bit dubious at first about the free flowing champagne, I mean really? But yes, as soon as your glass is just slightly empty the observant waitress would come and fill it up. Unfortunately my husband was driving and I'm breastfeeding so we couldn't make full use of it but some of the other guests definitely did.
The live entertainment was a lady singing and playing the piano, she engaged the whole restaurant by singing happy birthday to the numerous people (including me) who were celebrating a birthday which was fun.
The desserts were standard buffet fare and my kids really enjoyed the ice cream bar and chocolate fountain.
So if you are looking for a buffet restaurant with good food for a special occasion, you can't go wrong at Mesh.