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[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.

Charles loved the pyramid-looking dessert, said it tasted like almond roca with nutella – nutty, chocolatey, and crunchy!

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.

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  1. January 5, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Nice hotels With nice decorating foods. The picture of the dining area looks amazing……..
    Vacation Italy

  2. Anonymous
    February 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Hubby and I recently did brunch here. Definitely not as good as yours. The chef couldn’t make an egg white omellette if his life depended on it. It took him 4 tries before he got it right. 1st one he just threw out. 2nd one I settled for (wish I hadn’t) 3rd was thinner than a crepe. I gave up. I continued on to select the rest of my items and returned to table about 5 mins afterwards, he came over with another egg white omellette and lo and behold, it was good. But a little late. The hot food selection and salad area (# of items as well as quality) pathetic! And, we had to get our own french toast and pancakes. I can tell you, the french toast was not their normal french toast (we’ve been here before) nor their pancakes. These 2 items are normally wonderful (I don’t do white flour so as you can imagine, for me to eat these items when I come is b/c they’re usually wonderful). Desserts: lame: little cupcakes with fake icing, plain creme brule, plain pannacotta (which hubby loves and said was grainy and tasteless). He said the meats were overcooked/dry. Ironically, the crab was probably .one of the better items albeit too salty. Had this been first time we were here, we’d never return. We suspect the nosedive is due to the coupon deal they succummed to (we did not have one so the $50 pp was insulting – at $25pp which is what the coupons were-would be “ok”. Such a shame that they lowered their standards and knowing we were They had better smarten up; those of us who are well-connected and those of us who blog… We’ll give them another try (did you know they have the same buffet as they did before they bumped up the cost to $50 – was $40 a few months ago – we thought it would’ve been a more upscale buffet now but it’s still on par with the “average, run of the mill buffets” that charge $25 (which we only go to if we have kids with us). Cheers

    • February 10, 2012 at 8:32 am

      It’s too bad that you didn’t enjoy the brunch. I think the quality and selection of food should stay consistent regardless of how much people are paying (coupons or not). Our experience at Windsor arms wasn’t mind blowing but we did really love their cook to order items like eggs and French toast. My hubby loved the prime rib and said it was tender and juicy. The service there was also great! Hopefully Windsor Arms will impress again when you return!

      • Anonymous
        February 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        I agree. The food should be consistent regardless of the date you’re there or the $value… That’s my point: it wasn’t. And, what is the justification for the increased cost; nothing that we can see and from our experience, it’s the same buffet. We’re happy to pay $50 if it’s worth it. This is not. BTW – was the French Toast made to order or did you get it from the buffet? FT made to order is excellent; not so from buffet – again, I don’t do white flour items and a friend convinced me to “just try it – it’s so good” so I did just to see what she was salivating over and I had to agree – if only it were whole grain/wheat, I’d actually order it. I tried it from the buffet just to see the difference b/c when I saw it, it looked different. Same for their pancakes. Anyway, we will return after the coupon deal expires – mgmt said in April. Until then…if we’re in the mood for a brunch buffet, we will go to our other fine dines (which are superior to WA). Cheers!

      • February 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

        Our french toaste was made to order and it was heavenly… did not see any french toaste from buffet. I will definitely try other brunch buffet in town for comparison. :)

  3. Steven
    June 3, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I agree that this buffet has become terrible!

  4. Alice Yu
    August 1, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I had brunch at Windsor Arms about 10 years ago and it was the best I ever had. I think at that time was $40.00 per person. I remember there was a small buffet, but there is menu that you can order from and everything were made to perfection.

    I had visitor from Hong Kong and so I think this is a nice treat. I paid $80.00 per person Including tax and tips and we are a party of 5. This time, it is very disappointing. The buffet is no better than places that charges $25.00 per person. The only thing different is they have champagne orange juice. The waiter told us that we can order eggs benedict and omellette. We ordered eggs benedict – the egg yolk is hard, the bacon is burnt.

    When we checked in, we were asked if we have any coupons. I fell so bad – why do we have to pay so much for such food. I don’t know what the coupon discount is but I think this place is only worth it with the discounted coupon.

    I don’t think I will ever go back again.

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Sorry to say that it is not even worth it with the half price coupon. It has become a terrible tourist trap and a very big embarrassment to Toronto! SO sorry for your experience.

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