I had heard a lot of good things about Bazaar, a buffet at the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast, so I decided to see for myself what set this place apart from others. Interestingly, they stated on their website that they preferred to be called an “interactive marketplace” rather than a buffet.
Once I set foot inside Bazaar, I understood why it was more of an “interactive marketplace”. I was greeted with a buzz of noise from the diners and the staff, making the place feel busy and alive, it somehow made me excited about all the food! The hostess explained all the different selections of food and behind most stations, a chef was waiting to serve or explain the dishes. What makes this place “interactive” is the fact that not only can you choose from the food presented in front of you, but you can also request certain dishes. The wait staff would then bring them out to you so you would not have to wait around awkwardly.
There was a beautiful array of seafood that rested on a bed of ice, ensuring that they stayed fresh. The selection they had were: crabs, scallops, mussels, prawns and oysters. Although I have heard that this may change according to what’s in season, ensuring that you receive fresh local produce. I especially enjoyed the prawns as they were sweet and cooked perfectly. I’m not usually a huge fan of natural oysters, but the ones there were very fresh and went well with the sauce and lemons provided that I did go back for more. I also noticed that they had the proper utensils there to crack open the crab and dig out the meat, which makes life easier. Apart from the fresh seafood on display, there were also fried soft shell crabs and steamed prawn dumplings that were made to order.
On alternate nights, Bazaar chefs prepare at request either a plate of fresh salmon sashimi or Peking duck pancakes. I got to try the Peking duck pancakes which were delicious, although they ran out early on in the night, but not before we got two servings in! Maybe next time I’ll be able to try the salmon sashimi, which I’d imagine would be just as fresh as the seafood available on the night.
Bazaar also had a huge meat section where you could order steak cooked to your own preference, pizza made with your desired toppings, antipasti, pot roast, paella and a whole lot of yummy dishes. There was also a section with lots of Asian-inspired dishes like stir-fry, fried rice and yumcha nibbles in bamboo baskets.
The healthier side of me was delighted by the different salads and you could also request fruits that are on display in the glass fridges behind the chef stations, again explaining the “interactive” in “interactive marketplace”. What we couldn’t stop ordering that night were beautifully fresh figs that were drizzled with balsamic vinegar – just divine.
Of course, no restaurant can be complete without a dessert section. What I loved most about Bazaar was that the desserts all came in tiny bite size pieces so you could try as many different kinds of desserts without getting full on just one. The highlight for me was definitely the cute little red velvet cupcakes and the panna cotta.
The menu at Bazaar may change throughout the year – probably owing to their dedication to use fresh, seasonal produce – and they do serve different dishes on special occasions such as Easter and Christmas. Note that, price does increase on public holidays.
I very much enjoyed my experience at Bazaar Seafood Buffet Gold Coast and cannot wait to go again. It really does live up to its reputation, as there is a buzz of excitement in the air like a busy market place with lots of glorious food to explore.