Last Saturday I was invited to enjoy the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth Super Breakfast. I think we can all agree that buffet breakfasts are the best so of course I said yes after all breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
The Radisson Blu Super Breakfast is a brand standard offered at all Radisson Blu’s across the globe. At the Port Elizabeth hotel, it is offered in the dining area on the first floor. Upon arrival, I was greeted by Manager Carlos Taag, who took me to my table, where I had a short interview with the Executive Chef.
According to Executive Chef Jonathan Hodder, what sets the the Radisson Blu’s Super Breakfast apart from breakfast buffets is the amount of thought put into planning the meals. The items in the buffet are not randomly selected with whatever is in stock. The needs and wants of the hotel brand’s guests, as well as food trends have been analysed to select the core breakfast items of the buffet. You can go to any Radisson Blu hotel in the world, and find the same breakfast items on offer, with the same quality. In addition, each hotel may have a selection of other items on offer, but the core foods will remain the same. Being a part of one of the world’s largest hotel brands, the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth, caters for a largely international clientele, so their clients will be able to travel to any of the brand’s hotels in the world and find the breakfast items that they love.
Hodder also mentioned that in 2016 the brand will be changing the items on offer.
The items currently on offer cater for a variety of different dietary requirements. There is literally something on offer for everyone, from vegans and health conscious to carb lovers and everyone in-between you’ll have a wholesome breakfast that you love.
You’ll find seeds, nuts, yoghurt, fresh fruit, muffins, a variety of bread, eggs (made how you like them) and bacon, amongst many other items on offer.
The Super Breakfast at the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth
I started my meal with a cappuccino. For me, a good cappuccino or coffee is dependant on whether or not I have to put sweetener in. If I do, then it’s bad. I took this photo after I’ve had a few sips and as you can tell, the milk heart is still in shape, so this cup got two thumbs up from me.
I started the meal like any carb lover should, with pastries and cake. These are a decent size, as one won’t fill you. If you enjoy eating like myself, you’ll know this is a good thing because it means that you’ll be able to try more of the different foods in the buffet. Which is why I was able to take three.
I then followed this by some salad with smoked salmon (which was divine) and salami. I took a small amount as I intended to finish the meal with some bacon and eggs, but by the time I was done I was full. I think this is due to the fact that I started with pastries. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy.
What I really liked was the layout of the eating area. I won’t claim to be a world traveller, but my experience of buffets at other hotels in South Africa is that the entire buffet is would literally be a linear counter along the wall, with parts of it open where you can make requests and of course there’d be a separate area for drinks. What normally happens with a setup like this, is that queue forms and you end up waiting a while for your food, especially in busy periods such as breakfast and honestly, I don’t like queuing for food in a hotel, it makes the experience feel cheap.
At the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth, the setup is done in such a way that this is avoided. You’ll find an island and the counter is not linear but pops out from the wall (I, unfortunately, don’t have a photograph to demonstrate this). Along the wall, you’ll find water, fruit juices and the fruit and yoghurt bar. Connected to this counter in an l-shape is the salad bar where you’ll also get cheese slice and meat cuts such as smoked beef, salami, ham and my favourite, smoked salmon. It was so good I wanted to go for seconds, but I didn’t want to be known as “the blogger who cleared out the buffet”. Adjacent to this counter is the hot breakfast items such as bacon and eggs. I didn’t taste any of the hot food items at the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth as I was full by the time that I left.
Each area is setup to contain food that goes together, such as the fresh fruit and yoghurt bar, the muffins and pastry baskets are together, etc.so that one doesn’t have to go from area to another. I had two courses at the buffet and didn’t have to queue at any of the sections.
Did I mention that the hotel has both indoor and outdoor dining areas? Many of the seats have views of the pool and some have ocean views. The pool also has a number of deck chairs, which I reckon is a good spot for an after breakfast nap.
I only have compliments about the service that I received. Everyone was friendly and helpful.
You don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the buffet, but I’m sure being one has its perks. The general public can also enjoy the Super Breakfast at a cost of R160 per person. It is open from 06:30 AM to 10:30 AM during the week and until 11:00 AM on weekends. On special periods such as Christmas and New Years Day, it is open up until 12:00.
If you don’t want to eat from the buffet, the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth also has à la carte menu that has been designed by Hodder.
The Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth Super Breakfast was delicious and calming, and if you’re in Port Elizabeth, you should pop in and experience it for yourself.