I probably like the cooked to order menu service at the Park Hyatt Maldives and room service at the Andaz 5th Avenue more. The highest quality ingredients I’ve had for breakfast were probably at the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris.
And the buffet (which I understand is no longer as good) that I had at the Le Meridien Chiang Rai several years ago was probably better as well — it wasn’t more extensive, but there were more and more interesting things that would be brought around by servers for you to try over the course of a meal that weren’t on the menu. (The most extensive buffet title probably belongs to one of the many top end hotels in Kuala Lumpur.)
But I imagine that the breakfast buffet at the St. Regis Bali is the most flashy. In fact, it would be hard to beat in that category by any hotel, anywhere.
Lobster, caviar, and foie gras
There’s a caviar service that you can order, and of course you can order it as many times as you wish.
You can have seared foie gras with your eggs.
And they offer lobster two ways:
Not to mention sashimi:
.. as well as oysters and wagyu beef tenderloin.
This wasn’t the best caviar I’ve ever eaten, though I didn’t ask them what kind was on offer. The portions were small as well. You don’t get much wagyu beef, either, though of course you can ask for more. No doubt portions are a cost control mechanism.
Menu Service and a Buffet
When you come up the stairs to the lobby level of the main building which houses the restaurant, you’ll walk through the buffet and can be seated indoors (very cold air conditioning, noisy acoustics) or outdoors.
Once seated you’re presented with a menu that you can order from in addition to having all of the items on the buffet.
In addition to the ‘premium’ items I tried the dim sum, which was disappointing.
The buffet has all of the items you’d expect.
However, service isn’t very good
This is strange, because universally across the hotel service is exceptionally good, even by Bali standards which assumes that service is good.
They do get busy. Every guest at the St. Regis Bali gets complimentary breakfast — regardless of loyalty program status or room rate. So a general member staying in an entry level room (suite) gets breakfast included.
That means that even though the hotel has only 123 suites and villas, that breakfast really fills up when the hotel is at the upper ends of its occupancy.
I can’t pin the problem on occupancy, though. Even midweek service is forgetful. Staff either don’t bring what they’ve promised or take a long time to do so, and frequently get requests (like what you take with your coffee) wrong. The problem is simply exacerbated when they’re busy.
As a result I do not think that the St. Regis Bali offers the ‘best’ breakfast. But I do think they offer the most ‘over the top’ breakfast.
What’s the best hotel breakfast you’ve had?