Birthday Dinner at Sydney Tower Buffet, Sydney CBD

For my 21st birthday… I don’t know why you’re looking at me like that; I totally just turned 21. For my totally 21st birthday, Richard took me to a mystery dinner place in the CBD with a promise that it’s going to be an epic feed. I thought it would be an all-you-can-eat place because that’s the only thing that could possibly satisfy a glutton like me, and I was correct. We went up to Sydney Tower Buffet; my first time up to the Tower!

We got there a bit earlier than our booking time and got a nice table on the side. The waitress explained to us how the buffet worked and made sure we knew our section and table number, which was important as the Sydney Tower offers a 360° view of the city — by revolving. A photographer offered to take a photo for us, to which we declined, but I’m sure I ended up as the backdrop in the photos of a few other couples around us.

It was finally eating time, and here’s the selected review!

Seafood
A bit meh; I was slightly disappointed that there wasn’t smoked salmon in this section. All the buffet I’ve been to at this price range had them.

Sydney Tower Buffet: Seafood
Sydney Tower Buffet: Seafood

Hot Food
A selection of Australian and international dishes here. The more memorable dishes were:

  • Crocodile chipolatas: Didn’t taste like crocodile to me, but tasty nonetheless.
  • Emu chipolatas: Never tried emu before, but loved that it’s available as a more uncommon dish.
  • Steamed vegetable dumplings: The wrapper was too thick and there was too little filling, but I still had a lot of these.
  • Salt and pepper squid: This was far too salty!
  • Fish and chips: Tried the fish; the batter wasn’t very good.
Sydney Tower Buffet: Hot Food First Plate
Sydney Tower Buffet: First of embarrassingly many plates of hot food!

Dessert
Loved it! And I don’t have a sweet tooth so that’s saying a lot. I tried at least one of everything and especially liked the panna cotta; Richard enjoyed the lemon curd tart.

Sydney Tower Buffet: Plate of Dessert
Sydney Tower Buffet: First plate of dessert

The buffet was $85 a head on the Friday night. The service was great at first but they really slowed down on clearing the plates as the place got busier at night. I also thought there could be more hot dish varieties, but that’s probably just the glutton talking. It’s definitely worth it to take someone from overseas up here, though.

Sydney Tower Buffet: Vickie and Richard
Vickie & Richard at Sydney Tower Buffet, 2014

Thank you so very much for the birthday dinner, Richard! heart

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Birthday Dinner at Sokyo, Pyrmont

It’s my birthday soon so good friends and colleagues Yuzhong and Ali took me to Sokyo to celebrate. We booked a table and got there early enough when the place still wasn’t very packed. It did get quite noisy later in the night after the rest of the tables filled up.

Yuzhong and Ali knew I’m a glutton so they pretty much ordered one of each dish from the menu for me. Okay, not quite, but close enough.

From memory, we had the pacific oysters, sashimi platter (24 pieces), tempura barramundi, beef robata (teriyaki beef), Huon salmon, king brown mushroom, spicy edamame, dengaku man (miso gindara / silver cod), lamb chops, mixed greens salad, spicy tuna nigiri, maki rolls, and probably more. Yep. One of everything, pretty much. Yuzhong also grabbed a sake that he poured and poured from but it never seemed to run out. For dessert, I had the donatsu (doughnut).

Everything was beautifully presented and unbelievably tasty. The best dish was the dengaku man; it’s melt-in-your-mouth good. Then again gindara is only my favourite fish. tongue

The bill came out to… they wouldn’t let me know because it’s a birthday treat, but I knew it was insane. Sokyo is so, so expensive, and the portion size so, so unsatisfying, but the food quality is so, so amazing. We decided that what we had tonight was not food; it was food sex.

Didn’t document the food porn take any pictures again!

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