The Vegan Food
We chose to eat breakfast in SkyCity Bistro to take advantage of the huge buffet selection. At first sight the breakfast buffet in a hotel like this can be overwhelming for the vegan customer who may look and see nothing but non-vegan food offerings. But if you look a bit harder it’s entirely possible to fill up, indulge and get a taste of local favours all at the same time. As vegans, there was a very good selection to choose from plus staff were on hand to answer questions and make us some ‘made to order’ vegan dishes to complete our breakfast feast.
So how did we start our day?
We made colourful salads with purple yam, edamame beans, capers, sundried tomatoes and green pea shoots, drizzled with creamy rich tahini for an extra healthy boost. We delved into the congee station; adding fried garlic, shallots, spring onions, chilli oil, chilli paste, peanuts, soy and even tofu puffs (foraged from the soup station) to create our congee just how we like it.
Of course there were Western favourites, with breads, hash brown mountains and cereals (complete with soy milk) but with all the exciting flavours of Asia at our fingertips, we found it too hard to resist and opted for the other options offered to us. One of these was a vegetable packed fried rice, complete with two different types of tofu and served with soy with fresh chillies. One tofu was crispy and chewy, one was a more firm, marinated tofu that had a delicious aromatic Chinese 5 spice flavour.
We finished off with a bowl of fresh fruit and juices from the juice station (there was a choice of either ready made in jugs to help yourself or bespoke concoctions of your choosing) and our vegan breakfast-come-banquet was complete. Full of food, rested from a good night’s sleep and able to catch up on those last few emails in the well equipped workspace of the Executive Lounge, we were ready to take on the next part of our journey.