Breakfast at Mickey's...
"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever."
- Walt Disney
One of the reasons why I wanted to stay at Disney's Hollywood Hotel, aside from its very nice interiors and facilities, is the fact that it houses the Chef Mickey restaurant.
I was excited to try their buffet, and since we were so tired from walking around Disneyland the day before, a big, hearty breakfast sounded just right for that day's Disneyland part 2.
When in the House of Mouse, one can expect to see icons of the main character all over the place, and that includes the interiors of Chef Mickey. It is his restaurant after all.
nostalgic mural sketches of Mickey and the gang
cereals, pizza, juice and ice cream for the kids and kids at heart
My baby was pretty much excited to eat. And why not, there were these plates and cups decorated with her favorite character, Minnie Mouse. We piled on different types of cereals for her - frosted corn flakes, honey stars, chocolate rice crispies - and filled her cup with apple juice.
The place was bustling with waiters dodging each other, trying to clean tables here and there, while seeing to other diners' requests. Kids were aplenty, though most were well-behaved, obviously enjoying the themed restaurant's breakfast items.
eggs, sausages, veggies, congee, dim sum and other Chinese dishes
salad, cold cuts, dressings, garnishes and fruits
Even the tiles that lined the wall of the salad bar were designed with Mickey's iconic shorts and shoes.
The buffet spread was pretty decent; nothing spectacular aside from a few items. It was more a treat for the kids, actually. But hey, I wasn't saying no to these familiar tastes while I can, lest I find myself yearning for some in the days ahead.
pancakes and waffles, pastries, hashbrowns, bacon, cheese and dried fruits
These were my favorites, ones that I kept coming back to the buffet section for. Hashbrowns greeted my morning with a smile, while I piled several strips of bacon on my plate. The unctuous smell teased my nose, triggering a hushed rumble inside my stomach. I sneak one into my mouth and crunch... tasty! A little more crisp and it would have been perfect. I got a couple of ham just because, and I moved on to the famed Mickey waffles. The pancakes were a bit dry and I skipped the corn.
On another plate, I put some slices of cheese and a few different dried fruits. I got a couple of egg tarts, its crust a bit thick (I would have wanted it a bit flaky), but the custard was lovely, its bright yellow color echoing my mood. There were coconut paste buns, cinnamon rolls, apple strudels, croissants, banana cakes, and strawberry and blueberry danish pastries, most of which were pretty good.
Overall, Chef Mickey was definitely a treat. Don't expect much from the dishes, though. It's really just so you can let your kids experience a buffet they can relate to and pretty much enjoy. Chef Mickey himself makes an appearance sometimes, usually during lunch or dinner depending on the days.
Spot: Disney's Hollywood Hotel, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Contact No.: +852 3510-5000