A holiday just isn’t a holiday without a hotel breakfast buffet. This is what I got to wake up to during my stay at ANA Crowne Plaza in Osaka:

There were plentiful juices including orange, apple, grapefruit and tomato, plus I discovered a liking for ‘kurosu’ which is apple juice with black vinegar! It sounds like a disgusting mix, but I really enjoyed the mellow taste. It is apparently nutritious too, packed with calcium, vitamin C, D, and E.

ANA Crowne Plaza hotel, Osaka, Japan - breakfast buffet, juices

I also savoured the spread of freshly baked brioche, Danish pastries, awesome almond croissants, matcha tea cakes and more!

ANA Crowne Plaza hotel, Osaka, Japan - breakfast buffet, bakery

In the Western section, I couldn’t get enough of the smoked salmon salad and waffles…

ANA Crowne Plaza hotel, Osaka, Japan - breakfast buffet, waffles and smoked salmon salad

ANA Crowne Plaza hotel, Osaka, Japan - breakfast buffet, salad bar

And in the Japanese section, no morning was complete without a bowl of congee.

ANA Crowne Plaza hotel, Osaka, Japan - breakfast buffet, japanese section

Not eating enough fruit is always a problem when traveling so I made sure I ate a day’s worth at each breakfast. It was irresistible anyway, with fresh cut oranges, watermelon, kiwifruit, grapefruit, honeydew and jaboticaba. The jaboticaba fruit is grape-like in appearance and texture but with a thicker, tougher skin. Taste-wise, it reminds me of mangosteen but is much less sweeter – addictive nonetheless.

ANA Crowne Plaza hotel, Osaka, Japan - breakfast buffet, fresh fruits

Here’s an idea of how much I ate each morning, plate by plate:

ANA Crowne Plaza hotel, Osaka, Japan - breakfast buffet, plates of food

Apart from the food, the hotel was pretty luxurious too. I appreciated the finer touches, such as the Shiseido toiletries, pillow and aroma menus… And who could complain with free cable internet in every room!

ANA Crowne Plaza hotel, Osaka, Japan - the rooms and view

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ANA Crowne Plaza, Osaka
1-3-1 Dojimahama, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
Tel: +81 06-6347-1112
Web: www.anacrowneplaza-osaka.jp

Breakfast buffet is available 6:30 – 11:00am, ¥2700

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • What a sterling effort you put in for breakfast – I love a good buffet breakfast, too!!
    They do say it is the most important meal of the day, don’t they?

  • Who can say no to a good breakfast buffet? Especially if it happens to be included in your hotel stay!
    Always a great start to the day and can save money on lunch, unless you already have special plans for lunch that is =p

  • Soy

    kurosu-Hmmm, I love black vinegar and would happily give this a go.

  • Erik

    Great….will be at ANA Osaka and hope to get all of that too. Greetings from sunny Leipzig!
    Leipzig is worth a visit too, especially for people in love with food, we good plenty places and a greta atmosphere too, and we not always listen to the great classical works of BACH, Mendelssohn, and many more
    Come and see!