We asked the Where editors across Canada to give us their picks for the country’s best buffets, and they came back with some interesting results. If you like brunch, the cuisines of India, Thailand, China, Italy and Canada, or decadent chocolate, read on.
It can be hard to get a table during the lunch rush at Rose Garden Thai, located downtown on Stephen Ave. Their popular lunch buffet can include Thai curry, salad rolls, pork skewers, sautéed vegetables, pad Thai and cashew chicken. For a sweet treat, head to the Rimrock at the Fairmont Palliser for their Death by Chocolate buffet. Chocaholics get their fill with ample helpings of chocolate squares, chocolate cake, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate pizza, chocolate pate and a chocolate fountain, to name a few. Monday evenings.
Hailed by Where to Eat in Canada as the best Chinese restaurant in the city, Cheelin is a Halifax gem. Tucked away in the Brewery Market on Lower Water Street, its weekday lunch buffet is a local favourite, showcasing Szechuan and Beijing cuisine, prepared with fresh ingredients.
Take in the view of the surrounding mountains while enjoying the breakfast buffet at the Pan Pacific Whistler.
East India Company offers delicious (and plentiful) lunch and dinner buffets on weekdays, which include a salad bar, 17 to 20 hot entrees, and dessert bar. Top off the meal with their mango mousse, served in a shot glass.
Foodies head to Café Pacifica at the Pan Pacific Hotel for its Italian Opera Buffet. Every Saturday night guests are treated to live opera and piano music as they nosh on lamb shanks and antipasti. For a sweet treat try the Chocoholic Buffet at The Sutton Place Hotel. Cakes, sorbets, pastries, crêpes and ice cream are sure to satisfy any sugar cravings.
Buffet dining in Toronto can be an eclectic experience, with numerous restaurants and culinary styles to choose from. In particular, 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence—though renowned for its toothsome tasting menus—offers an excellent daily lunch buffet with more than 50 traditional items like saffron basmati rice and chicken tikka. For a continental experience, treat the family to Hot House Café’s enormous Sunday brunch buffet, served with a side of live jazz. Omelettes, baked goods, salads, and such hot entrees as roast beef, lasagna and steamed mussels can be enjoyed in the dining room or on the large summer patio.
The baronial Bow Valley Grill in the grand Fairmont Banff Springs hotel (aka Castle of the Rockies) features handcrafted furnishings and a knock-your-socks-off Fairholme Range view through floor-to-ceiling windows. Their daily breakfast and weekend brunch buffets overflow with fresh choices including à la minute preparations by white-clad chefs.
The Mehra family’s flagship restaurant, East India Company, has set the standard for East Indian fine dining in Winnipeg. The ornate South Asian art, including exquisite ceramics, colourful tapestries, beautifully set tables and wrought iron chairs, are truly a feast for the eyes. The East India Company’s daily lunch and dinner buffets are a complete sensory experience. The food is flawless. Rather than covering off the basics of North American Indian food, the buffet is an authentic ethnic experience. Lunch buffet (Mon-Fri): $14.95, daily dinner buffet: $19.95. 349 York Ave, 204-947‑3097.
The Inn at Laurel Point has long been known as one of Victoria’s best bets for Sunday brunch. Under the expert guidance of executive chef Brad Horen, captain of Culinary Team Canada, the Inn’s restaurant, Aura, serves a delicious array of flavours, from custom omelettes and artisan cheeses to hot and cold seafood—a must on the West Coast—and delicious desserts.
Every Sunday is a glorious feast day at the Executive Royal Inn in West Edmonton where Steel’s Cafe & Grill puts on one of the best brunches in town from 10 am – 2 pm. All the breakfast goodies you can imagine, from Eggs Benedict to your tummy’s desire at the omelette station, await your plate—plus fruits, salads, pastries and decadent desserts, all for $19.95 (seniors $17.95, kids 5-12 $9.95).