I don’t really need to go anywhere fancy, but girls need to be spoiled every now and then you know? (Ideally everyday – I know you read this) so for my birthday recently I had the pleasure to enjoy brunch on the 118th floor of the ICC – Ozone Bar, aka the highest bar in the world! Peanut butter and jealous? Yeah, you probably should.
The brunch is your modern day buffet style for starters and desserts, and then you can pick a main of your choice. Unlike many of the other establishments doing a similar format, the Ritz Carlton and Ozone definitely don't skimp on the buffet items, and there are ample portions of roast beef, lobster salad, shrimp cocktail and a variety of sushi all up for grabs.
Before we move on any further, all you alcoholics out there will be happy knowing that there is an unlimited supply of Dom Pérignon champagne, and it’s Vintage 2015. Whatttttttt! I think I might need a shower.
Between the two of us, we picked the deep-fried brioche with lobster, zucchini, green asparagus with sesame mayonnaise and the Wagyu beef and foie gras burger with foie gras ganache without hesitation. They took their sweet time before even serving the mains, which was awesome because it gave us plenty of time to just sip on some bubbly and slowly make our way through all the delicious appetisers. They were simply all good. When they finally came after about an hour, I wasn’t exactly hungry anymore but OH MY LORD, they looked FAB. I have to say just the presentation alone was worth every single second of the wait.
First, the foie gras burger. Let me go on record saying that this burger would have been a 10 even if they skipped on the foie gras. It has a nicely filled out interior of a decadent patty covered with a thick layer of melted cheese, and of course a gourmet sesame bun that is toasted on both sides. A lot of people don’t care that much about bread but not me man, that's what makes any sandwich or burger amazing. The Foie Gras was grilled to perfection and I certainly would have appreciated it even more if I was not already full.
Best burger in town? I’d say… ABSOLUTELY HANDS DOWN-YES!
The deep-fried brioche with lobster was just as good, even though I still don’t think anyone in Hong Kong has gotten it quite right yet. For this one, it has to be the butter or the bun they used, which of course came down to my personal preference too. The lobster however was top notch and simply delicious, and I wished I could just preserve that sensation when I chew and swallow this wonderful gift of nature. I’m a sucker whenever it comes to lobster. But who isn’t?
By the time we finished the mains, there wasn't much room left in my stomach but the dessert bar was conjuring up seductive fingers and calling my name. I cannot recall exactly how many different types of dessert were available but you would definitely never run out of choices. There may not be an out of the world kind of creation, but every piece of pastry was made with fantastic ingredients. When you think about it, what more do you need to make a good old piece of cake or cup of mousse?
With a couple final glasses of “self-made” mimosas comprised of vintage Dom and fresh orange juice, we left this food heaven under heavy rain thoroughly satisfied. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME !
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