My very first Mother’s day coincided with my birthday this year and to celebrate this momentous occasion I was treated to breakfast at Thyme2, the buffet restaurant in the Sofitel Brisbane. Mother’s day is one of those holidays where a cafe or restaurant is the last place I’d want to be! Any food establishment half worthy of eating in, is packed full to the brim of loud, noisy kids and slow grannies – not fun at a Buffet when my ravenous stomach is demanding a feeding!
So, I opted to enjoy my special buffet breakfast the day after – today – and what a great idea it was! We were seated in a quite spot of the restaurant, probably thanks to little 8 month old M (… one of those noisy, loud kids I was complaining about…) at a table by the window overlooking Anzac square. The morning looked glorious from inside the cosy, luxurious surrounds of the Sofitel.
After organising a plate full of breakfast foods for little M, I was off – Plate in hand to satisfy my own stomach rumblings. The selection is what you’d expect from any respectable buffet: hot food, cereals, bread & toasting station, bircher muesli & porridge, pancakes & waffles, fresh fruit etc.
A nice little novelty I hadn’t previously come across in a breakfast buffet was the self serve juicing station. A selection of fresh fruit and vegetables in bowls were positioned around a big trough full of ice to be selected and used at will with the adjacent juice extractor – what a great idea! Of course, if self serve juice extraction is not your idea of a fun time, you can take your pick between the made to order hot beverages, ready to drink juices or bottled juices.
The hot station was as you would expect from this level of Buffet dining. A chef was on hand to make fresh omelettes, fried or poached eggs as requested. The waffles were particularly good, one of the best I have had in Australia – a light fluffy batter with just the right ‘crisp’ on the outside. However, they could have been a little hotter for my tastes and although they offered a fair selection of sugary sweet accompaniments (including marshmallows), I was disappointed that ice-cream was nowhere in sight. I did manage to find a bowl of cream and happily piled a big blob on top. J
The pastry selection left more to be desired, I ended up skipping this part all together. I had expected more from this station as the desserts in the lunch and dinner buffets at Thyme are quite extensive and there was NO CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN in sight! Surely, there would be no shortage of patrons lined up to dip all kinds of breakfast foods into their infamous chocolate fountain (one of my favourite aspects of the later buffets).
A selection of Asian breakfast foods were offered, including wonton soup, rice and sushi – a nice international touch. I also enjoyed the slab of fresh honeycomb, which seems to be quite fashionable in the luxury breakfast buffet world of late, having come across the same little novelty at the Sheraton Mirage and Versace Hotels on the Gold Coast.
I give Thyme2 four out of five little hands for being family friendly. A highchair for M was quickly brought out to the table and there was plenty of space to safely park the pram away from our table and out of the way of other quests and staff. M was able to quietly play on the clean floor after his breakfast while we continued our buffet exploration and sipped on the complimentary freshly brewed, cafe quality coffee. (I had two ) There was also plenty of food for M to eat and he had many ‘firsts’ for new flavours today – lucky boy!
The verdict: a nice breakfast buffet, but not unlike any of the other buffet breakfasts you’d find in other luxury hotels. If you were thinking of dining at Thyme2, I’d recommend the lunch buffet. They offer essentially the same foods as the dinner service at a slightly better price – it’s one of the best buffet lunches I’ve come across!