The Langham, Sydney has re-opened its fine-dining Kitchens on Kent restaurant, now offering Australia’s first ‘luxury buffet experience’. The premium, international hotel located on Sydney’s Kent street spent five months overhauling and refurbishing the restaurant space.
The new 180-seat restaurant now features eight, live-cooking kitchens where guests (both hotel guests and locals) can request made-to-order dishes and interact directly with chefs.
A seafood feast station features seafood supplied by the renowned Sydney Fish market, including Sydney rock oysters, blue swimmer crabs, tiger prawns, local tuna, salmon, kingfish and lobster.
The global chefs behind each station have been hand-picked by executive chef Dave Whitting. Chefs will create for diners whole cooked meats at the rotisserie; pizza in the beech oven; and game meats such as kangaroo in Sydney’s only Robata grill.
On the night I visit, I particularly enjoy visiting the tandoor oven where the chef from Goa, India was able to share with me how he prepares naan bread, placing it inside with a large metal tong instrument into 250-degree heat. I was able to chat and watch while he effortlessly balanced orders from multiple guests, retrieving numerous spices and herbs from circular, copper dishes. I was treated to possibly the freshest and pillowy garlic naan I’ve tasted, straight from the oven, alongside basmati rice and a fish curry.
At the pasta station, a giant, circular Grana Padano hard cheese wheel has had its centre carved out and is filled with shaved cheese that you can trickle on your made-to-order pasta. At another station, slithers of crispy-skinned Peking duck are rolled with cucumber, spring onions and sauce into a delicate pancake carefully placed on my plate by a chef.
After dinner, it’s over to the dessert station – and those taking children will be hard-pressed to pull them away from this zone! Expanding over three different display benches, there is everything here for the sweet tooth (with a touch of Langham signature pink shining through). It was extremely difficult to choose between the macarons, cheesecake, orange cake, profiteroles, chocolate shavings, a chocolate fountain (in dark and pink-coloured chocolate) with fruits, marshmallows and pretzels to dip. And then, there’s the unlimited ice cream with six different flavours.
The hotel has certainly upped the ante on the traditional ‘buffet’ stakes, with perhaps the best part of all not the choice of food on display, but the chance to watch the experts prepare it for you – all with a smile.
Kitchens on Kent at The Langham, Sydney is open daily for breakfast ($45 per person); lunch (from $68 per person); and dinner (from $88 per person). During weekends, brunch starts at 11am ($78 per person).
Until 30 September, children under 12 can dine for free. Until 30 October, for every four adult diners, enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine.
Find out more: langhamhotels.com
Kitchens on Kent
89-113 Kent Street