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Sphere Café
Breakfast 6am-10am, Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner 6pm-10pm
Holiday Inn, 208 Century City Boulevard
028 8534 8888
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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
Stretching south of the third ring is a jungle of larger than life construction projects, the software park, and the Century City area which has become a popular destination for urban dwellers thanks to Metro line 1. The exhibition centre, the art museum with its recent popular Picasso exhibit, and the MGS outlet shops attract people on the weekend and there are also a few worthy dining destinations in the area. MORE was in the recently treated to lunch at the Holiday Inn' s Sphere Café buffet.

Hotel buffets are often rather pedestrian due to having to offer something for everyone, but Sphere put out a spread that did a good job of covering the bases while appealing to our appetites with some unique dishes. The requisite sushi station was slice to order and the cold seafood station had shrimp, scallops, and mussels. There was a good selection of local food including cold noodles tossed in spicy sauce, spicy rabbit, and some rice meal steamed chicken. There was a fresh noodle station with various ingredients and toppings, salads with a good selection of dressings, appealing grilled vegetables. One of the highlights was a curry station, where you could choose raw ingredients, curry pastes, and bases such as coconut milk and have various meats and vegetables cooked on the spot into a fragrant curry. The bread, which we always think is an important quality measure of a restaurant, was fresh baked and chewy.

The desserts included various bite sized cakes and cheesecakes, fresh fruit, and a few cheeses. The highlight was the ice cream station with its variety of toppings. Obvious effort has been put into styling and presenting the dishes. The lunch buffet at 148RMB is one of the better deals in town when we consider that coffee, tea, and fresh fruit juice is included.

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