I was so glad when I knew that I won the Food Selfie Competition held by Qraved and The Papilion. Why? Of course because the gift was a Lunch Buffet at Huize van Wely! Who didn’t want it? I’ve once dined in its Pacific Place outlet. However, it was only a dessert time and I definitely would not forget the heavenly taste of the cakes! Thus, I was so excited for this lunch.
First time visiting Huize van Wely’s Kemang outlet, I immediately fell in love with the interior design. Bringing the classic and elegant theme, every single corner looked impressive. My most favorite one was shown in the first picture. The ambience felt as if you were sitting at open-air space, while you’re actually sitting at the indoor area. I actually did not sit there as I came with several friends so we needed bigger table. But, I did love my place as it was so cozy and the light was very supportive to get wonderful pictures :p.
Not only was the venue, the service was also delightful. I wanted to throw a birthday surprise for one of my friends, and the waiter and waitress were really helpful when I requested for their assistance. Though this was a buffet, the waiter/waitress did not mind to take the dishes for you and serve them on your table.
Today’s theme was Japanese, including for some of the desserts.
Mixture of Various Salads
I started my lunch with their salads. Yes, they did serve several choices for their salads. You also could mix them with various dressings. The most unique was the one in the glass, Japanese Rice Salad (if I remembered the name correctly), which was basically the combination of steamed rice, veggies, and smoked beef. Combining spicy and refreshing taste, this salad was certainly distinctive.
This was basically soup with meatballs and various vegetables, including pumpkin, carrot, and cabbage. It was a quite simple yet scrumptious dish. The taste was balanced as some of the ingredients were sweet, while some were savory.
Prawn & Vegetable Tempura
I was sure that this golden-brown dish did not need much explanation. Anything deep-fried was always exquisite! Moreover, there were plus points coming from the fresh ingredients and tasty sauce.
Beef Sogayaki, Grilled Chicken, and Salmon Teriyaki
These 3 were the main dishes of today’s lunch buffet. Actually for the chicken one, I forgot what the dish’s name was. Before explaining about the dishes, I wanted to give credit to my sister for the plating, and of course standing ovation to the chef for the impressive taste! All the dishes were perfectly cooked and the meat was so tender. The star of the plate was the Salmon Teriyaki, which was ultimately delicious! It was served with super smooth and luscious mashed potato with broccoli, which impeccably complemented the salmon’s sweet taste. Once it went into your mouth, you couldn’t stop to have more and more of it.
Red Bean Dorayaki, Mochi, Black Sesame Panna Cotta, Matcha Puff, Strawberry Shortcake
This was my first round for dessert. When it came to dessert, everything was a must-try! Luckily they all came in small size so I could try all choices provided. To answer your curiosity, I would try to explain each of them. Starting with Dorayaki, the texture was moist and the red bean paste was great. Besides it was the chewy mochi, whose taste was quite good. The one in front was Matcha Puff, whose matcha filling was pleasant though the puff was a bit too dry and hard. The Strawberry Shortcake was my sister’s favorite. The cake was indeed so moist and the strawberry filling was refreshing. The Black Sesame Panna Cotta was my most favorite from this plate. The texture was so smooth and the taste was not too creamy. I actually did not really fancy black sesame. However, as the sesame taste was not that strong in this panna cotta, I really really loved it!
All the three flavors were enjoyable, but the chocolate one had the strongest taste for me. If you were the type of person who didn’t like too sweet desserts, these eclairs might be perfect for you.
Honestly, I did not know the name of these cakes. What I knew were just they looked appealing and they pampered my taste bud :p. They were actually the petite version of the cakes sold here. From the top-left plate, I loved the apple pie the most. The crust was crunchy and the small apple cuts were sweet and refreshing. The top-right ones were the cakes that delivered balanced mixture of sweet and sour. If I didn’t mistakenly taste them, they were cheesecakes. The two cakes in the bottom-left plate were both chocolate-based, the ones any chocolate lovers would have to go for.
Hot Cappuccino (IDR 55k)
Since the lunch buffet hasn’t included any drink yet, so we have to order the beverage separately. This hot cappuccino was my sister’s. Served on a board, the presentation was quite lovely. I did love the coffee as well as the aroma was strong but the acidity level was balanced.
Rose with French Vanilla (IDR 45k)
Though I rarely chose tea for my drink, this time I decided to try something different. My choice went to this Rose with French Vanilla tea. Unexpectedly, I loved it so much. The rose scent was delightful and the vanilla flavor perfectly matched it. And did you spot that little almond cracker? For me it was surely a perfect bonus.
In a nutshell, I was beyond satisfied with my lunch today. This was one of the best buffets I’ve ever had in my entire life. Usually, there were only few dishes which were exceptional from a buffet. However, this time almost all the dishes were must-try!
Thanks for Reading! :)
Huize Van Wely
Address: Jl. Kemang Raya No. 45AA / Pacific Place Mall GF
Phone: (021) 719 1975, +62 811 950 3345 / (021) 5797 3645
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