Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hyatt Regency Irvine 2009 Review Part 3: Breakfast and Conclusion

Hyatt Regency Irvine Exterior

Welcome to part 3 of the Hyatt Regency Irvine review. This part isn't much of a "review" of any sort but experiencing the breakfast buffet they had set up the next day for us. If you have not read Part 1 or 2 yet, they are here:

Hyatt Regency Irvine 2009 Review Part 1: Check-In and Public Spaces
Hyatt Regency Irvine 2009 Review Part 2: Rooms and Conclusion

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Tree

Anyway, after waking up, I left the room to go down for more of the conference activities. While waiting for the elevator again on my floor, I looked around and found this plant. Usually, these plants symbolize good things for the Chinese, so I was interested to find it here.

Grand Ballroom Morning Set-Up Breakfast

Downstairs, although it was almost three hours until we would even have breakfast, the Hyatt crew was already busy setting up. Here you can see the tables.

Prepared Fruit

They brought in plenty of prepared items such as the fruit you see above as well as things like small glass jars of Hero jams, lots of plates, and lots of glasses. These were all on rolling carts, as there were so many of them!

Trays of Butter

Look what they did with the butter too! Piped nicely in a tray, this was not the final product yet. They still had to place these pieces of flower shaped butter onto plates. By the end of the breakfast, they had run out of these. Looks like a lot of butter here right? But it was just the perfect amount. Approximately 140 of these per tray :).

Preparation of Pastries, Jams, and Fruit

When it was about an hour to serving they placed everything onto their respective areas while not opening the plastic wraps just yet.

Breakfast Buffet Lineup

It was not long until they finished the preparations and the buffet was open for use. Go, people, get your food!

Pastries

After getting some of the hot items available in the line, I took a picture of the pastries, which then of course came another yell of "you take pictures of food?"

Breakfast Plate

So here was my first jumbled plate of everything. There were not that many things to choose from- you are seeing all the hot items available: sausage, scrambled eggs, homestyle potatoes, and bacon. All of these items were okay, other than the sausage which was too oily and quite hard to cut with a knife with the oily casing. With some ketchup the scrambled eggs were even delicious, although it was already fluffy and nicely cooked. The croissant was crispy on the outside and buttery on the inside with multiple layers of dough. Not that it needed it, but the butter went great along the the croissant as it was not salted. I like unsalted butter after all. All the fruits were fresh and thus I got more.

And of course, the orange juice was fresh and not pasteurized. I got oh, 5 cups of the orange juice? It was tasty! Besides, it was not cheap either at the Cafe- one large plastic cup for 6 dollars.

Overall, a simple but pretty good breakfast buffet of good quality ingredients. The funny thing is that other people from the hotel who were not part of the conference would come and take some items for their own breakfast. That's the problem when you set up breakfast in a public area. :) Free continental breakfast for everyone!


Hyatt Regency Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road

Irvine, California, USA 92614
Tel: +1 949 975 1234


Other posts in this series in order:
Hyatt Regency Irvine 2009 Review Part 1: Check-In and Public Spaces
Souplantation- Irvine
Hyatt Regency Irvine 2009 Review Part 2: Rooms and Conclusion
California Pizza Kitchen- Irvine
Hyatt Regency Irvine 2009 Review Part 3: Breakfast

6 comments:

kirbie said...

I was wondering if you would be reviewing the food! hehe

tigerfish said...

GOod that the fruits are fresh. I am usually wary of fruits served in a platter for a buffet or big lunch/dinner catering....they can smell so unfresh at times. :O

Selera Malaysia said...

My Irish friend who visited Malaysia recently amazed with the way hotels in Malaysia served their breakfast. Fantastic..

EatTravelEat said...

kirbie,
Haha, of course :).

tigerfish,
Usually I get wary at lower end buffets/hotels where most of the food is from big industrial places (e.g. Sysco).

Selera Malaysia,
Yeah, buffets in Asia are really nice! Really big and pretty much all of good or excellent quality.

Shelby said...

"Free continental breakfast for everyone"... LOL!! Hilarious.. I must admit I would not be quite that BOLD!

EatTravelEat said...

Shelby,
Haha, basically any smart person who managed to stumble into the conference area! There wasn't much monitoring anyway...