As the summer holiday closes in, mums and dads around the city are exploiting the coming last weeks to unwind. That may mean grabbing the best bite in town—think buffets, free-flows, and a limitless array of scrumptious food. But there may be one problem: your rowdy kids who haven’t quite mastered their indoor voices yet and turn the whole restaurant into a playground. Not quite the summer send-off you envisioned, is it? Fear not; here are six of the best family-friendly buffets guaranteed to keep your kids entertained and settled while you enjoy the finger-licking good meals.
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Monopoly-themed dinner buffet at La Scala
The all-ages favourite board game Monopoly—best known for tearing families asunder on Sunday nights—has transformed itself into a dinner buffet at La Scala. Follow the Monopoly-themed decor to locate mouth-watering cuisines representative of different dining districts in the 852, like the Western foods found at The Peak, alongside the typhoon shelter-style seafood to be had in Aberdeen. Keep an eye out for Monopoly game pieces or a stack of M500 game banknotes hidden amongst your dishes and place settings, so you and the little ones can enjoy a round of this contentious game whilst you dine. Don’t forget to finish off with the ingenious and beautifully-decorated desserts put out by the innovative pastry team. Bravo, La Scala!
Royal Plaza Hotel, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok | (+852) 2622 6154
How much: $528-628 for adults, $348-418 for children, $488 for seniors (Sun–Thursday); $548-668 for adults, $358-448 for children, $508 for seniors (Friday–Saturday)
Special discount: Free for children of 4 years old or under
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Summer Jungle dinner buffet at Panda Café
Here’s something for every taste bud, including the picky palates of your young ones: the Summer Jungle-themed dinner buffet at Panda Café. Serving up an all-you-can-eat international menu, delight in durian cakes, Indian curry matched with chips, grilled cuisines, a seafood counter, and so much more. And the best part? A children’s playground is located right next to the Café—perfect for when your kids need to switch between playtime and dinner time.
Panda Hotel, 3 Tsuen Wah Street, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 2409 3218
How much: $458 for adults, $328 for children, $388 for seniors (Monday–Thursday); $498 for adults, $348 for children, $428 for seniors (Friday–Sunday)
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White Peach Afternoon Tea Buffet at add@Prince
Heads up, afternoon tea lovers! From now until August 31, add@Prince is serving up their white peach-themed afternoon tea buffet, with an entire menu designed around seasonal Japanese white peaches from Yamagata. Expect innovative and luscious delights, including White Peach Mousse Cake and White Peach Pie—just the thing for you and your kids’ sweet tooths. Bear in mind that the buffet is only available on weekends and public holidays.
add@Prince, Prince Hotel, 23 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2113 6046
How much: $288 for adults, $188 for children, $268 for seniors
Special discount: From now on until August 31, every child aged 3–8 can dine for free when accompanied by three paying adults during the lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner periods.
Photo courtesy of InterContinental Hong Kong
A Taste of India weekday lunch buffet at Harbourside
Harbourside continues its tribute to the culinary specialities of different Asian regions with a Taste of India lunch buffet, available on weekdays from now on until August 30. With its extensive assortment of Indian cookery, take your kids on an explorative journey through this expansive country and its many regional dishes. Anticipate an array of flavourful and colourful bites from the Land of Spices, including Indian Fried Lobster, Indian BBQ-Grilled Chicken Grunter and Chicken Wings, as well as a selection of refreshing seafood like Brown Crab, Chilled Clams, and King Crab. We picture this as the ideal start for little ones with intrepid palates to get a taste of exotic cuisines.
Harbourside, Intercontinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon | (+852) 2313 2323
How much: $488 for adults, $338 for children (Monday–Friday); $548/588 for adults, $388/408 for children (Saturday/public holidays)
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International buffet at Enchanted Garden Restaurant
Located at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Enchanted Garden Restaurant offers stylish buffets in a grand Victorian setting. Dig your forks and knives into an expansive spread of Chinese, Asian, and Western classics, and keep your eyes peeled for the adorable bites and desserts in Mickey shapes. We spot Mickey-shaped waffles, Mickey-shaped tiramisu, and Mickey-shaped steaks (just kidding about the last one).
Of course, the food is not the sole attraction here. Kids also have the chance to get up close and personal with their favourite Disney cartoon characters—one of the key draws for families. Be sure to visit with the little ones in tow on a birthday celebration for a chance to witness Alice from Alice in Wonderland and the Mickey & Minnie duo dancing at the centre of the eatery—lucky you. It is known as the happiest place on earth, after all.
Enchanted Garden Restaurant, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Magic Road, Lantau Island | (+852) 3510 6000
How much: $718–$548 for adults, $478–$358 for children (Monday–Friday); $788–$618 for adults, $528–$408 for children (Saturday–Sunday)
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Ice-Cream x Chocolate Hot Pot Afternoon Tea Buffet at The Astor
For an incredible treat that your kids will surely lose their minds over, check out the Astor’s brand-new Ice-Cream x Chocolate Hot Pot Afternoon Tea Buffet. What they call hotpot, we call fondue, but the idea is the same—you are encouraged to dip an endless supply of fresh fruits, cookies, candy floss, and mini-shell cakes in a creamy and steaming hot chocolate pot for a luxurious indulgence (and an uncontrollable sugar rush). Need a break from the sweet tooth? There are also hot dishes like Beer-Battered Fish and Chips and hearty pastas for those craving something savoury.
The Astor, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon | (+852) 2710-1901 / 2710-1863
How much: $228 per person (weekends and public holidays only)
Still hungry? Find out more about the best family-friendly restaurants around Hong Kong, or explore the rest of our Food & Drink section.