A holiday just isn't a holiday without a hotel breakfast buffet. This is what I got to wake up to during my stay at ANA Crowne Plaza in Osaka:
There were plentiful juices including orange, apple, grapefruit and tomato, plus I discovered a liking for 'kurosu' which is apple juice with black vinegar! It sounds like a disgusting mix, but I really enjoyed the mellow taste. It is apparently nutritious too, packed with calcium, vitamin C, D, and E.
I also savoured the spread of freshly baked brioche, Danish pastries, awesome almond croissants, matcha tea cakes and more!
In the Western section, I couldn't get enough of the smoked salmon salad and waffles...
And in the Japanese section, no morning was complete without a bowl of congee.
Not eating enough fruit is always a problem when traveling so I made sure I ate a day's worth at each breakfast. It was irresistible anyway, with fresh cut oranges, watermelon, kiwifruit, grapefruit, honeydew and jaboticaba. The jaboticaba fruit is grape-like in appearance and texture but with a thicker, tougher skin. Taste-wise, it reminds me of mangosteen but is much less sweeter - addictive nonetheless.
Here's an idea of how much I ate each morning, plate by plate:
Apart from the food, the hotel was pretty luxurious too. I appreciated the finer touches, such as the Shiseido toiletries, pillow and aroma menus... And who could complain with free cable internet in every room!
ANA Crowne Plaza, Osaka
1-3-1 Dojimahama, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
Tel: +81 06-6347-1112
Breakfast buffet is available 6:30 - 11:00am, ¥2700