Tuesday, December 08, 2009

WOODS


We woke up on our first morning to 7C - warmer than was predicted and started the day with a fantastic breakfast at Woods, the Intercontinental hotels' all-day dining restaurant.  It's been awhile since we've been back in Asia and seeing the interiors of Woods and the aesthetically presented buffet breakfast brought us back to other breakfasts in grand Asian hotels.

The buffet was spread out and with an extensive selection of both cold and hot breakfast items.  There was a large table of breakfast breads - croissants, pains au chocolat, brioches with artisanal jams and marmalades.  Towards one side was a large marble open-shelved fridge with cold items - smoked salmon, hams, cheeses, yoghurts, Bircher muesli, fruit and fresh juices.  Finally, in the middle was a large granite-topped counter with stoves built-in to keep the food hot and casseroles were filled with scrambled eggs, sausages, crispy bacon, fried mushrooms and sauteed cherry tomatoes.  The juices were served in individual mini-carafes, the yoghurt with raspberry puree was home-made, the Bircher muesli delicious, the bread selection extensive and the espressos short.  It was without a doubt, the best breakfast we both had this year.  Tabletops were modern and service was efficient and courteous.  Other tables were filled with international businessmen having breakfast meetings and delegates from the nearby United Nations.  We had a long leisurely breakfast, packed our bags then checked out and moved to the Hotel du Rhone which is closer to the old town for our last two nights in Geneva.

2 comments:

Tim said...

I'm sure it's on your hit list but make sure you go to La Reserve for drinks or a meal!

Gourmet Traveller said...

Thanks Tim! It is on my hit list but we had several lunch and dinners scheduled with friends and weren't able to make it to La Reserve on this trip. I'm saving that for our next trip to Geneva.
Was at a new-ish Argentine restaurant for lunch today. El Relingue can't be beat!