The Grand Sunday brunch, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park: Review
Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
161 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000 Australia
(02) 9286 6000
Because Sunday’s are for grazing, indulgent seafood buffets, a canvas of antipasto and endless Aperol Spritz.
The Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park is known as one of the city’s most luxurious hotels and premium dining spots, and now, they’re placing a spotlight on their early dining session with an all-new Grand Sunday Brunch offering.
But don’t expect avocado on toast, thick maple-syrup-laden pancakes or eggs benny. Instead, think brunch on a prestigious level – a prestigious all-you-can-eat-and-drink level.
Now that’s a brunch worth celebrating.
The Grand Sunday Brunch begins in the beautiful Conservatory Bar with sky-high window clad walls and ceiling overlooking the bright leafy green Hyde Park. As you enter the light-filled bar, you’re presented with a smorgasbord of antipasto that wraps around the bar countertop, showcasing local artisan cheese, melt-in-your-mouth charcuterie, brie and semi-sundried pizzas, chunky fresh dips and a chef’s selection of canapes. Choose from a Bloody Mary, Aperol Spritz or sensational glass of champagne, because brunch without a cocktail or a splash of bubbly is just breakfast. After you’ve filled your plate, perch yourself at the bar or get cosy in one of the low couches. The pre-brunch soiree runs from 11:30am to 12:30pm, the perfect hour to stimulate your taste buds and prepare your stomach for the delicious onslaught to come.
But the real show starts at 12:30pm – the Feast.
The recently revamped seafood buffet is now adorned with a lavish selection of culinary delights, including those from the land. Expect everything from fresh crab to lobsters, oysters and prawns to sushi and sashimi, antipasti, assorted cold cuts, Australian cheeses to roast chicken, lamb, salads and an Asian cooking station – everyone is sure to be satisfied. And for those seeking more of a traditional brunch, you can, in fact, order eggs your way, with all the big brekky trimmings. But why would you?!
A buffet requires strategy.
Don’t fill up on the bread – no matter how good it is. Leave the sensational prosciutto behind – you’ve just devoured it in the Conservatory Bar, and don’t delve too deep into the fauna – you’re at a seafood buffet. And this is what the Grand Sheraton excels at.
Be warned, because, believe it or not, the other guests who are at the Feast also love seafood. And for moments throughout the brunch, it’s as if there is a shark frenzy swarming the stunning seafood display.
Don’t be intimidated. It’s understandable. They’ve just spent $195 per head and they want their fair share. Plus, the seafood is ridiculously fresh and incredibly good. However, luckily for you, the exceptionally efficient staff at the Grand Sheraton are there to immediately replenish the display and keep the crustacean-pining guests content. It’s an ocean spectacle to see and be part of – it’s a whole new world.
Another word of advice; save room for dessert. They may be small, but they certainly pack a punch with flavour and looks. No word of a lie, the caramel slice is potentially one of the best we’ve ever had. It’s a big call, but we back it. The light caramel-filled doughnuts, which, oddly are hidden in the bread section, were outrageously good – melt-in-your-mouth and not too sweet.
But if brunch doesn’t tickle your fancy, or maybe you’d like to extend your food extravaganza, you can, all whilst at the Grand Sheraton.
A Festive High Tea ($250 per couple including Moët & Chandon ‘Grand Vintage’ or $495 per couple including Dom Pérignon) buffet is also available at The Gallery on the ground floor during December. Enjoy a selection of artisanal small plates including turkey bruschetta with cranberry jelly, compressed watermelon with crab and avocado foam, pumpkin and feta quiche and rare roast beef on charcoal bread with horseradish snow. Specially crafted sweet treats for the season include a cherry mousse Christmas bubble, a pistachio Montblanc Christmas tree, a white hazelnut petit four Snowman and a raspberry petit gâteau Santa. Who doesn’t love a Christmas themed high-tea?!
Or if you’re after a midweek cheese-fix, look no further than The Gallery’s Cheese & Wine Buffet ($65pp) complete with an endless array of cheese and cured meats paired with a free-flowing selection of wine each Wednesday night. Or, grab your fanciest friends and revel in freshly shucked oysters and house-cured salmon served with bottomless bubbles on Thursdays ($59pp).
So what are you waiting for?
We’ll see you for cured meats and endless drinks at the Sheraton.