|11:30am - 2:30pm,5:30pm - 10:30pm|
|2/F, Regal Master Hotel., 48, Section 4th, South Renmin Rd.|
|028 8887 8888|
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Susan Johnson (More chengdu)|
It's getting hard to keep track of all the five star hotels that have opened up in Chengdu over the last couple of years. For us, the main draw is not lodging but the kitchens attached which are turning out some of the best non-local food in the city. We recently went to check out Rivoli, which offers an evening buffet at a very attractive rate.
We had popped in for a look a few weeks ago and were pretty impressed, but this evening the offerings were more limited (no lobster). The seafood section did have crab, shrimp, and fresh oysters. There were a few dim sum, a fresh noodle and dumpling bar which looked very popular, some Southeast Asian dishes, pizza, a sashimi station, a bread station, a few cheeses and salads, and desserts. They also have a display of raw meat and fish on ice that you can get cooked to order. All the dishes were clearly labelled in Chinese and English.
We thought that the Western dishes were done particularly well though some of them had sat out a bit too long, which is a common problem with buffets. The chefs clearly know their way around the insides of an oven, as well as the steamers and woks. Since the included glass of wine on offer was a French red with some body, we got lamb chops from the pile of meats to be cooked to order. They were done expertly, even leaving some pink inside. The Indian curry chicken had some real heat going on, and we really loved the chicken wing and sticky rice dish. From the dessert area, the selection of fruit was impressive and we liked the rasperry financier. The main star of the desserts was the ice cream bar, which features Movenpick ice cream.
The servers seem very well trained and have the 'reqing' (warm hospitality) that is the mark of good service locally, though a few show inexperience. Lunch is 88 RMB per person and dinner is 138 RMB per person, including service charge.