[Yorkville] Sunday Brunch @ Windsor Arms Hotel
Buffet-style brunch is very common and popular in Taiwan, mostly offered by higher-end hotels. The selection of cold and hot food items is usually quite extensive, ranging from high-priced items, such as oysters, to street-eat type foods, such as dan dan noodles!
A friend of mine blogged about his Sunday Brunch experience at Windsor Arms and it made me really eager to try it myself. Charles and I finally went to Windsor Arms Hotel before the Christmas holiday.
I loved the little Christmas tree and chandelier at the hotel lobby. <3
As soon as we were seated, a waiter showed up to offer us some drinks (coffee, tea, water, and orange juice) and to take our order for their made-to-order items. We ordered french toast, eggs benedict, and eggs benjamin (eggs benedict with smoked salmon instead of peameal bacon).
I went up to the second floor to take a picture of the dining area while we waited for our made-to-order food.
The first round of our made-to-order food was served fairly quickly. Both eggs benedict and eggs benjamin were delicious. Soft poached eggs had a nice runny centre and the hollandaise was very rich and buttery. My only complaint was that it was so difficult to eat!
The french toast was my favourite. The bread was soft and fluffy, with slightly crispy edges. The egg/cream mixture for the bread was creamy but not overly sweet. It went really well with the maple syrup.
Charles ordered two more over easy eggs after we devoured our french toast and eggs benedict. The eggs were cooked in butter and was simply delicious!
The cold food selection includes king crab legs, poached prawns, smoked salmon, cold cuts, and salad. The crab legs and prawns seemed to be previously frozen and did not have the natural sweetness that usually comes with fresh seafood. The crab meat was also a bit too flaky, probably from being frozen or boiled for too long. :( The taste was still decent, and most people (including me!) still went to town with these two particular items.
Windsor Arms offers lots of hot food varieties, and the prime ribs seemed to be everyone’s favourite. Somehow I did not have a good picture of the prime rib, but it was very juicy and tender! The breakfast sausages were also huge – about the size for regular italian sausages!
Other than the meat, Windsor Arms also have an omelette station. Charles ordered an omelette with peppers and mushrooms, but he said there was nothing special about it…
The only thing I liked from the rest of the hot foods was the lamb. It was flavourful and moist. The curry chicken was dry and very bland. The brussel sprouts, sweet potato, and couscous did not spark our interest at all.
The spread of dessert was quite impressive. Everything looked so delicate and delicious.
The chocolate covered strawberries were awesome. Fresh sweet strawberries were dipped in a white and milk chocolate mixture.
My favourite dessert was the cheesecake – very creamy and moist, topped with a raspberry and some gold foil! It looked so fancy and tasted pretty good, too.
This cute-looking cupcake was not so cold – a bit too dry and the buttermilk frosting was too sweet. I would not have gotten it if it wasn’t for the shiny sparkles on top…
The mini creme brulee was not at all what we expected. It was a banana flavoured creme brulee and we did not like it at all…
It was a fairly expensive meal ($50 per person) but the selection and quality of food only met our expectations. Some food items were very tasty , particularly the made-to-order eggs, french toast, and the prime ribs, while some others were a little disappointing. However, the food was good overall and it was a good experience to dine at the Windsor Arms. I would recommend others to give it a try.