I long remember the Sheraton on the Park buffet as a special and well-regarded excursion in the minds of many a Sydney sider. I recall being taken by my grandmother at the age of 15 with my cousin, and having to dress up nicely to attend lunch in the beautiful hotel. Ten years later, the name might have changed to Sheraton Grand Sydney, but that stellar seafood buffet is still there and better than ever, transformed into the ultimate Sunday event called the The Grand Sunday Brunch.
My cousin and I returned to experience the Sunday feast and relive our childhood memories, luckily now also old enough to enjoy the endless flow of bubbles to accompany our meal.
The Sheraton Grand has recently undergone a modern revamp inspired by the majestic hotels of Manhattan. With an elegant design and comfy lounges, we checked-in with the hostess, and were greeted by an array of cocktails to begin the fun. Ornately decorated Aperol Spritz and Bloody Mary stations were the first stop, where we sampled one of each. The Aperol Spritz is dispensed from a very fancy looking tap just like a beer, whilst the staff are brewing freshly braised tomatoes, paired with Worcestershire sauce & Tabasco sauce to custom make Bloody Marys on demand.
We found our perch under the beautiful skylight, admiring from afar the Antipasto Buffet where one starts their food adventure. It’s a great idea to ease into the Feast, with some snacky h’or deuves including oysters with caviar, prosciutto wrapped melon, bite sized bruschetta, an assortment of cheeses and dips, some fresh berries, salami, nuts, pickles pâté and much more.
Grazing our way along the table, we alternated between cocktails and champagne. The attentive staff never left our glass untouched with a never-ending top-up keeping the bubbles constantly on the tip of our tongues.
We slowly made our way next door to Feast, the Sheraton’s main restaurant and the host of the Seafood Buffet. The room was filled with a variety of guests, including a private room available for hire, which today was host to a christening party.
The buffet is well constructed, with endless choice ensuring there is no way anyone would depart hungry. The first area features fresh cold seafood including prawns, salmon, crab and a wide variety of fresh salads. In the corner of the room, be sure not to miss the oyster, sushi and sashimi station. The selection included freshly shucked oysters, homemade sushi and made-to-order sliced tuna and kingfish sashimi. They were accompanied by a variety of Japanese condiments and proved essential to enjoy.
Next up were antipasto style dishes including dips, pickles, cold vegetables, an array of cheeses, some breakfast pastries and more. Beside were some delicious warm dishes including duck, seasoned chicken, roasted vegetables, freshly made ravioli, battered fish with tartare sauce and many more delights.
In the middle of the room is a pizza oven, where the chef creates made-to-order pizzas, along with some oriental style dishes including noodles with DIY toppings, as well as breakfast items including bacon, sausages, hash browns and scrambled eggs. The choice is wide and varied, however I will admit the pizza left a little to be desired with a tough base and average toppings.
Don’t forget to venture outside to the carvery station. A chef stands ready and waiting, to deliver some lovely glazed ham, roast beef and gorgeous turkey, with an extensive selection of infused salts, mustards, and sauces, you are absolutely spoiled for condiment choice!
The grand finale is the desserts. Excessively indulgent, with something for everyone! Macarons, cake, cupcakes, caramel slice, carrot cake, chocolate mousse cake, mud cake, red velvet, lamingtons, cheesecake, brownies, crème brulée, lemon meringue tarts, and much more, the choices were bountiful. A lovely pastry chef has a fresh made-to-order crepe and mini-pancake station with plenty of toppings, and jars filled to the brim with lollies. And don’t forget to finish off with some ice-cream from the freezer at the end of the buffet.
The standouts in my opinion were the apple crumble, which I topped with vanilla bean custard, the carrot cake with a delicious cinnamon focus, and an utterly decadent layered chocolate mousse cake.
Throughout our meal, the staff were attentive, constantly topping up our champagne, cocktails and delivering our coffee orders very promptly upon request. A lovely band played in the background, setting the mood with an elegant Sunday vibe. All-in-all the Grand Sunday Brunch was a lavish affair with amazing selection and delicious food.
The hotel is also hosting a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch with much the same menu. In addition they have a series of specials including Royal High tea, Wednesday wine & cheese happy hour, or Oyster, Champagne & Prawn Thursdays and many more events to come.
The Grand Sunday Brunch costs $195 per person and includes bottomless champagne, wine & cocktails, canapés, grazing table and seafood feast.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | The Conservatory Bar
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Feast Restaurant
Bookings at www.feastsydney.com.au or 02 9286 6000
I Ate My Way Through Dined as guests of Sheraton Grand Sydney on The Park.