In Hong Kong, my friend discovered buffets from 5-star hotel chains served daily with more food variety and higher quality than in Canada, including Chinese delicacies like Abalone, Fish Maw, and Sea Cucumber.

From hotel chains that lack any hotel in Canada:

From hotel chains that possess hotels in Canada:

Are such buffets offered in Canada? I conjecture not, as existing buffets in Canada, smaller and limiting in choice, are offered only for festivals or for Sunday brunches.

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    P.S. The original has been bifurcated on this advice.
    – user13759
    Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 7:25
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    What on earth are the down votes about? We are not all fast food junkies in too much of a hurry or too economically challenged to eschew some epicurean treasures. Some of us sybarites would totally love to tuck in to a quality spread.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 9:31
  • @GayotFow Thanks for the support. Ironically, I do not frequent buffets as I eat little: I ask this for my grandparents who are more interested.
    – user13759
    Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 12:00
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    I've reformatted the post to make it more readable. I think it was part of the reason why people downvoted
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 13:57
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    Not sure what to answer here. Restaurants in 5-star hotels in Canada are rarely buffet style for dinner, although breakfast and lunch buffets are extremely common - but I suspect the questioner knows that already. Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 17:10

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As I'm sure the questioner knows, the best restaurants in five-star hotels in Canada are not usually buffet-style, at least for dinner. Breakfast and lunch buffets are common. Lunch buffets are usually aimed at a more casual or budget-conscious traveller. High-class buffets specifically for Sunday brunch are also frequent.

However there is one class of establishment that usually offers high-class buffet dining every day in Canada, and that is the casino resort. Here is an example from Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. Casino Rama also has a couple of every-day buffet dining options. Presumably these are for people who want to maximize their time at the gaming tables, but that's just my speculation.


Elegant Sunday brunch buffets are not unheard of in Canada. For example, the Old Mill restaurant in Etobicoke (Toronto) serves one that I think was equal to or superior to the only one I have visited in Hong Kong at the Mandarin (so a limited data set, I'm afraid).

Daily dinner buffets tend to be served by chains and to be aimed more at gourmands, and to be lacking in quality, though few cover the really low end as you can find in the US (Golden Corral, for example with all-you-can-eat for around $8-$12). Mandarin (no relation to the hotels) is an example of a typical one with Chinese-style food and some Western stuff aimed at kids. Indian food also lends itself to buffet style and there are some such establishments.

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