Written by Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan
10 May 2023
It’s a bold statement to say the world’s best breakfast is in Sydney, yet as someone who has travelled the world for a living for more than twenty years, I’m qualified to make this statement.
So where is this breakfast and why is it so good? Try the Park Hyatt Sydney in the Dining Room by James Viles.
Let’s start with location. The Park Hyatt Sydney is situated between two icons – the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. It’s the Opera House that you gaze across to at breakfast and not even a Sea Princess can get in your way.
Here, it’s just you and the harbour and the sails of the Opera House backgrounding an ever-moving feast of yachts and ferries and sneaker-wearing corporates. Nothing compares to this view, whether a blue-sky day or one pouring with rain. Each has its charm. Location 10/10.
Then there’s the food prepared under the two-hatted James Viles of Biota fame and his head chef, Brian O’Flaherty of three-hatted Quay. I’m not one for buffets and breakfast here is a hybrid.
The buffet offers a huge selection of mouth-watering bites, but rather than be piled high, there are only a few of each selection, which are freshly topped up as they diminish.
The croissant is having its moment in the sun even though the pastry presents a huge challenge for many chefs – but not at the Park Hyatt. Buttery light layers of flaky pastry combine with melt-on-your-tongue chocolate when you bite into the pain au chocolat.
There are also plain croissants just as buttery, and while I’m not usually a Danish fan, here they are just ethereal. Then there are Portuguese tarts that could rival Lord Stows’ in Macau, and vegemite scrolls for the locals.
The fruit selection has luscious pink grapefruit, shiny pineapple pieces and a host of curated fruits that await the health-conscious. The passionfruit are so good, I watched a guest pile her plate high with them and then spent the morning delicately spooning the plump pulp into her mouth.
The gluten-free are catered for with a delicious apple tart, orange pound cake and scrumptious mushroom quiche.
There are also yoghurts, Sonoma spelt muesli, fresh honeycomb and poached fruits, but what I loved the most was the section on the menu called the Pantry, which offers an unlimited amount of dishes brought to your table.
So, rather than having to help yourself to say the cheese platter on a buffet table, a whole plate is brought to your table fresh from the kitchen. If it’s not enough, you can order more at no extra charge.
The unlimited menu offers assorted berries, antioxidant acai bowl, house-made Bircher muesli, farmhouse cheese selection and condiments, chilled soba and toast sesame and soya dressing as well as Tasmanian smoked salmon with sour cream and chives plus other tasty dishes.
But wait. There’s more. You can choose one of nine of the large plates. These include a spicy spanner crab omelette with fresh herbs and chilli oil, a soy linseed sourdough with avocado, lime, coriander and poached egg, a toasted rye with creamed eggs and smoked salmon, chives and lemon, eggs benedict with spinach and hollandaise, ricotta pancakes with whipped ricotta, cinnamon and Malfroys honey.
Tea and coffee are not forgotten. Provided in silver pots delivered steaming hot to the table, they are also unlimited.
The icing on the cake is the price. While the Park Hyatt Sydney has the label of perhaps the most elegant hotel in Sydney with a price to match, the breakfast is amazing value.
Everything just mentioned costs $55 in total and, with a multimillion-dollar view, it’s worth every cent. However, if you want to go all out, you could add a breakfast cocktail.
Perhaps a Taittinger champagne mimosa for $31 or a non-alcoholic lemon marmalade wine and hibiscus for $14? Or, if you’re feeling particularly flash, perhaps a bottle of wonderfully chilled 2012 Dom Perignon for $675?
The Dining Room by James Viles also serves a three-course Business Lunch every Thursday and Friday for $135 per person, or a decadent dinner, but you’ll need to save your pennies for that one. Truly, I cannot imagine a finer place across the globe from where to start the day.
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Seated majestically on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, the Park Hyatt Sydney perfectly personifies contemporary luxury with its coveted location between the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Reminiscent of an exclusive harbourside residence, the hotel offers intimate surrounds with architecture, art and design that reflect the Australian landscape.