The W Hong Kong is in West Kowloon, right on top of Kowloon Station and the Elements Mall. It is stylish and can boast of a gym with breathtaking views of Hong Kong Island and a 76th floor swimming pool. Besides the poolside cafe in the sky named Wet Deck, The W Hong Kong has a modern bistro Kitchen, a Cantonese restaurant Sing Yin and Woobar, where drinks and light bites are available and DJs spin music into the early morning.
We wanted breakfast at The W Hong Kong and thought it would be great to go to the Wet Deck on the 76th Floor where we could eat and enjoy great views. We went up to the poolside cafe and the views of Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour were indeed wonderful. There were also beautiful people swimming or lazing by the pool. Alas, we were a little too early as Wet Deck would serve food only from 11 am. So our plan of having pie in the sky was aborted and we came down to earth and had breakfast in the kitchen instead.
Kitchen is a bistro on the 6th level of The W. It offers a view of the West Kowloon Harbour with its gritty cranes and old barges. It is still a nice view but quite different from the gorgeous views from the Wet Deck. The Kitchen is attractively appointed. The decor is hip and whimsical. Food and drinks displays are incorporated into the interior design. Even plain milk bottles looked like art pieces when lined up in shelves bathed with subtle light of different hues.
Kitchen bistro is divided into two main sections – there is the dining hall with a view of the harbour and the open kitchen area where the food are being prepared and displayed. The kitchen area does look like a kitchen in a big house; there is even a long communal table where you can sit at if you want to be really close to the food.
Kitchen offers an international breakfast buffet for HK$250 per person. Addons for free flow of wine or champagne are available. The breakfast is prepared right before your very eyes in the open kitchen. The breakfast spread includes a wide range of local and international dishes.
Instead of just using metal buffet trays, the food at the Kitchen are all beautifully laid out – with some plating that could rival those in fine dining restaurants. They have the usual cold and hot selections, cereal bar and egg station. Sushi, dim sum, Peking duck pancake, pastries, sausages, cheese and all kinds of cakes plus other international buffet staples are available.
There is a Cantonese noodles station. The pancake and waffle station deserves special mention – even the peanut butter at the station is said to be freshly made in house. There are shelves of freshly prepared juices in bottles. The variety is extensive – from plain apple juice to exotic blend of vegetables and berries.
For once we managed to be quite disciplined at a buffet and restricted ourselves to small portions of local dim sum items, quiche, sausages and poached eggs. They were all generally good. We particularly liked the waffle where you add your own toppings. Their lobster Benedict with cheese and salmon roe was excellent. Our breakfast at The W Hong Kong was an enjoyable one.
Kitchen at the W Hotel in Kowloon, with funky decor and the vibe of a modern kitchen in a large seafront mansion, is a pleasant and interesting dining space. Kitchen’s buffet breakfast at The W Hong Kong is a lavish affair. The wide range of good food beautifully presented is alluring. It is a good place to start your day with a hearty breakfast, but serious self-control is needed.
The W Hong Kong
1 Austin Road, West Kowloon
Tel : +852 3717 2299
Opening Hours : 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
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