On February 25 (yes, the day before the wedding; it was quite a packed weekend) our company had a spring banquet at 饗食天堂. I knew it was a buffet, and my coworker showed me someone's blog entry about the place, which looked very nice, but I wasn't all that excited (typical apathetic Linda).
But once we arrived, my apathy melted away.
The buffet was awesome! The dessert table was right at the entrance and there were so many adorable little cakes, not to mention a chocolate fountain, panna cotta, brownies, jello, pudding, tarts, fresh fruit, etc. — a whole assortment of delightful desserts. I absolutely could not wait... to photograph them! I laughed and exclaimed to my coworkers how pretty everything was as I bounced all over the place with my camera. I don't think my coworkers had ever seen me muster up so much enthusiasm for food (and they probably won't again for quite a long time).
But of course, I wasn't really interested in the food because I wanted to eat it. No, I just thought they were pretty and looked photogenic. Haha.
Eventually I decided it was time to actually taste the stuff I'd been pointing my camera at with such zeal. And omg the food is soooooo good. I don't even know how to describe how yummy everything was. And these photographs are just a tiny percentage of the entire buffet. I didn't even try half of everything available because I got so full.
Despite my fullness though, I had to try the desserts and got a whole plateful. I thought I wouldn't be able to eat all of it without bursting, but I somehow I managed to do so during our prize-drawing festivities. And then once that was over, I went out with my camera for another round of food photography. :D
Which reminds me, there's a great story about that night I can tell you guys once I introduce my coworkers like I've been meaning to do forever. I don't think I'll get around to it in April though. May, maybe?
Oh yeah and let me know if the photos look super saturated/contrasty on your monitor. I noticed that my photos look totally different on my work monitor than on my laptop, and not in a good way. I know it's kind of subjective, but if you think the photos look too saturated then let me know and I'll see if I can fix my monitor.
I wish I took photos of the little placards next to the food too, so I can explain what they are. These appetizers are so artistic but I can't remember what the ingredients are. As it is now, you'll just have to guess. :P
I loved those tiny dishes! So cute and yummy. :)
Despite the wealth of delicate, sophisticated appetizers, those candied yams were hands-down the most popular dish — at least in our little corner. It's one of the made-to-order ones where you leave your labeled rubber ring and the waiters bring it to you later. The yams our table ordered frequently got pirated away by our friends at the next table over, so we kept ordering more. Thankfully, there are a lot of rubber rings.
The flaky bread with butter filling covered hot corn soup. So good.
Sorry there isn't a photo of all the food I ate since by then I was too hungry. There was a huge variety — steak, poultry, seafood, pasta, rice, dimsum, etc. — but while they were very filling and tasty they didn't photograph quite so well as the dessert. So you'll just have to take my word for it that there was tons and tons of food besides cake, even if that's what half my photos are for (I'm not even really a cake person, but they were too irresistible!).
(Don't ask me why I keep managing to focus on the piece with the defect.)
Wow, now I want to go back! To take more photos, of course. Although I certainly wouldn't mind eating there either. :P