If you’re the type of person who counts down the months, weeks and days until December 25 and who revels at the sight of gingerbread houses, Christmas trees, tinsel and candy canes, then the ‘Christmas in July’ buffet special at Sheraton on the Park’s acclaimed restaurant, Feast, is definitely for you.
Impressive gingerbread houses adorn the buffet stations, with red and silver ornaments hanging from the ceiling. The atmosphere alone would transport you to the festive season, but the seemingly endless feast certainly adds to the impression of a wintry Christmas in Australia.
Upon first entering the restaurant, you’re greeted by a spectacular display of fresh seafood options, including Sydney rock oysters, mussels, blue swimmer crabs, salmon, and baby octopus. Seafood-lovers will certainly return to this food station multiple times, and will rejoice at the kitchen’s endless supply of the goods.
The salad station is a standard section of any buffet restaurant, but Feast’s array of salads certainly go beyond your basic caesar or garden salads. Cauliflower, pumpkin, and beetroot salads provide a more diverse spread of healthy side dishes which do well to complement the hearty meats offered in the carvery station. Maple and clove glazed ham and roast turkey are available every day in the buffet, while weekend diners are treated to more indulgent displays like whole suckling pig or garlic and rosemary infused lamb.
Other options also include the roast chicken, which was probably one of my favourite dishes in the buffet, especially when coupled with the balsamic glazed roast vegetables. It was a divine combination that certainly warmed me up and made me envisage a nice winter Christmas by the fire. An extensive DIY noodle station is also an impressive addition to the buffet, along with Asian-style curries and other Asian-inspired dishes.
The winner in my eyes, as always, was the dessert spread. This is where the true extent of the festive season comes alive. Christmas pudding and fruit cake, as expected, are regulars at the dessert station. Miniature panacotta cups are adorned with dollops of meringue and imprinted with Christmas designs. Strawberry, mango and green tea ice cream awaits you to eagerly scoop them into your bowl. The dessert options are aplenty, such that it’s truly difficult to pick which items you want to try. The advantage of a buffet is that you can essentially try everything – stomach space warranting of course. My recommendation is to try the crumble, which has the perfect combination of texture and sweetness that I look for in a dessert.
The ‘Christmas in July’ buffet at Feast will run until 31 July. It’s a lovely little taste of Christmas for those who can’t wait another 5 months for the real thing. Alternatively, for those who simply love buffets and the endless supply of food they promise, this spread is certainly a fancier and more high quality range than what many other places offer.
For more information or to make a booking, visit sheratonontheparksydney.com.
‘Christmas in July’ at Feast – a world of flavours
Offer available until 31 July, 2017:
Lunch, daily from 12:00-14:30
Monday-Friday: from $79 per guest
Saturday-Sunday: from $89 per guest
Dinner, daily from 18:00-10:30
Monday-Thursday: from $89 per guest
Friday-Sunday: from $99 per guest
I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of Sheraton on the Park and Feast Restaurant.