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7 best family-friendly buffets in Hong Kong

By Gigi Wong 10 September 2019

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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Photo credit: Panda Café

“Retro Dining in Old Hong Kong” dinner buffet at Panda Café

Here’s something for every taste bud, including the picky palates of your young ones: the “Retro Dining in Old Hong Kong” dinner buffet at Panda Café. Serving up a selection of classic Hong Kong dishes and desserts popularised in the 70s and 80s, you can delight in Port Wine Oyster, Retro Western Chops, and Sea Snail in Spicy Wine Sauce; as well as nostalgic local street food including Black Sesame Roll, Shrimp Toast, 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)

When: Until November 30, 2019

Photo credit: Royal Plaza Hotel

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 (Sunday–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

When: Until November 30, 2019

Photo credit: Bay Bridge Lifestyle Retreat

Dinner buffet at Bay’s Kitchen & Bar

Located in the stylish serviced apartment Bay Bridge Lifestyle Retreat, Bay’s Kitchen & Bar offers international scrumptious buffet against the spectacular backdrop of Rambler Channel and Tin Kau Bridge. Parents, the main draw here is the spacious diner, an outdoor lounge (with kids’ swings) that connects to the restaurant, as well as a vast lobby that roughly equals to the area of three Starbucks in town. Your kids can play and zoom around these venues between mealtimes while you leisurely sip in a great selection of wine and gulp down a range of delicacies including the luscious Free-Flow Oysters, Grilled Squid, Roasted Halibut, and Beef Goulash.

Bay’s Kitchen & Bar, 123 Castle Peak Road, Ting Kau, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 2945 1138

How much: $438 for adults, $219 for children (Monday–Thursday); $488 for adults, $244 for children (Friday–Sunday & Public Holidays)

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Signature cheesecake afternoon tea buffet at add@Prince

Here’s something to satisfy your cheese cravings. add@Prince has just launched their Signature Cheesecake Afternoon Tea Buffet, featuring twelve distinctive cakes, both baked and chilled, served on a daily rotation basis. Cakes are almost always a hit for the little ones, not to mention the visually appeasing cheesecakes rolled out from their culinary team. Highlights include the Signature Blueberry Cheesecake—freshly made with the finest ingredients, the hand-crafted cake will melt in your mouth the moment you bite it in. Other must-try dishes are the Dark Cherry Cheesecake made from Tasmanian dark cherries and the Japanese Green Tea Cheesecake with Uji matcha green tea.

add@Prince, 3/F, Prince Hotel, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2113 6046

How much: $288 for adults, $188 for children (only on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays)

When: Until November 30, 2019

Photo credit: InterContinental Hong Kong

Taste of Asia weekday lunch buffet at Harbourside

Harbourside continues its tribute to the culinary specialities of different Asian regions with a Taste of Asia lunch buffet, available on weekdays from now on until November 1. With its extensive assortment of Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, and Indian cookery, take your kids on an explorative journey of premium Asian dishes. Anticipate an array of refined cuisines made with top-notch seasonal ingredients, including Nyonya Assam Lobster from Malaysia, Chili Lobster from Singapore, and Pad Thai with Scallops from Thailand, as well as a selection of Indian Dosa with Sambar, Mango Chutney, and Coconut Chutney. 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, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2313 2323

How much: $488 for adults, $338 for children (Monday–Friday); $548/588 for adults, $388/408 for children (Saturday/public holidays)

When: Until November 1, 2019

Photo credit: Mina House

Dessert buffet at Mina House

Recently opened at The Peak, Mina House offers all-day dining and a formidable two-hour dessert buffet with just $158! You can now delight in over 13 types of sweet delicacies that range from Green Tea Shiso Layer Cake, 8-Layer Opéra made with Earl Grey tea, and the luscious Citrus Tarts. Aside from these refinements on the buffet table, pushcarts pedalled with three kinds of cake—including Vanilla Chestnut and Chocolate—will also come roving to your table. If you want any of those, simply let the staff know and the cakes will be cut-to-order. Take your children and together indulge in the panoramic view of The Peak and all the flavourful desserts.

Mina House, Shop G03, G/F & Shop 101, 1/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak | (+852) 2885 3320

How much: $158 for adults, $108 for children (Monday to Sunday & Public Holidays)

Photo credit: Disney Tourist Blog

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: $548–$718 for adults, $358–$478 for children (Monday–Friday); $618–$788 for adults, $408–$528 for children (Saturday–Sunday)

Photo credit: hk01

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)

When: Until September 30, 2019

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Gigi Wong

Junior editor

From Hollywood blockbusters to indie flicks, Gigi loves just everything about films. Aside from rock & roll, she is also partial to jazz and vintage music. You can find her indulging in all sorts of books, eating out, discovering vinyl albums, and playing Blu-ray movies on her TV.