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Buffet Delight at Osteria at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile

Lede: One of Hong Kong’s more venerable Italian restaurants offers a scrumptious lunch buffet that is excellent value for money. 
The iconic Holiday Inn Golden Mile, located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, has been one of the Hong Kong’s best-known hotels since it opened its doors in 1974. Besides its excellent location, the hotel is also known for several of its restaurants which have served visitors and local guests with distinction over the years. One of them is Osteria, its Italian restaurant which open its doors in 2009. The restaurant offers a relaxed casual dining venue, serving multi-regional Italian cuisines that include traditional favourite dishes, fresh homemade pastas and real Italian-styled pizzas. 
Osteria’s current Chef Paolo Federici, who is from Gavardo, Northern Italy, has continued to carry out Osteria culinary philosophy of providing its dining guests with authentic Italian fare at value-for-money prices.  
We went to Osteria this month to try out the restaurant’s Set Lunch Semi-Buffet menu that is being offered.  The lunch set is priced at $288 person, which includes an Appetiser Buffet, a choice of Main Course, Dessert Buffet, plus Tea or Coffee. For an additional $109 person, the lunch also offers free flow beverages of beer, wine, juice and soft drinks. 
We started with the buffet, which frankly is a meal in itself. The buffet features an array of vegetables that include several leafy salads, onions, salsify and beans, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin squash and more. The cold cuts are excellent, which is what we expect from an Italian buffet – thinly sliced Parma ham, speck ham, porchetta and salami. We also enjoyed the smoked salmon and the shrimp salad. But it was the cheeses that grabbed our attention – several excellent cheese soft and hard that include Cacciotti chili, fontina cheese, parmesan cheese from a cheese tub, and a large bowl of soft gorgonzola cheese from which to spoon from. We should mention that guests that may want to enjoy a lighter fare can choose Mushroom Soup with Truffles Paste in lieu of the buffet. 
The main courses are equally enticing. The pasta is Fusilli with Braised short rib and green pea in red wine sauce which is tasty; the Pan-fried sea bass with beet root puree, fennel, and baked leek is nicely prepared; the Grilled Angus Beef striploin with roasted potatoes and sauteed broccoli is cooked to order and the beef is tender and juicy, as expected;  the final entry is one of Osteria’s signature white pizzas - Pizza with tuna, capers, anchovies and black olives. 
The generous dessert buffet includes fruits -pineapple, honey-dew melon and watermelon, tarts, cakes, mousses and tiramisu, of course. 
The buffet lunch at Osteria was a thoroughly enjoyable experience – relaxed ambience, attentive service, tons of yummy Italian food, all at an excellent price. It is easily one of the best deals in town as far as quality semi-buffet lunches go. So, if you are in the mood for a hearty and appetising meal, either with your friends or family, and spend a most pleasant afternoon sampling Italian delights without emptying your wallet, Osteria is worth considering -we highly recommend it. 
Address: Mezzanine Floor, Holiday Inn Golden Mile, 50 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Telephone: 2315 1010


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