When a Park Hyatt gets built in your city, it signifies that a certain status has been reached. Park Hyatts are not built in just any cities, but the great cities of the world – New York, Paris, Tokyo, etc. So when Park Hyatt Hangzhou opened recently just after G20 (that other play for the world stage), it is something to acknowledge and celebrate how far our little town has come.
I visited Park Hyatt Hangzhou’s restaurant Forty8 for brunch on a Saturday. As the name suggests, the restaurant is located on the 48th floor and it is the highest restaurant in Hangzhou. You’ll get great views of the CBD, Qiantang River and Binjiang. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to the West Lake.
It was a sunny afternoon and the sunshine brilliantly filled the restaurant, making you feel close to nature even though you are inside a glass and steel structure surrounded by what is starting to look like an urban jungle.
The buffet selection is not the largest, but it features some big ticket items like whole oven baked salmon, roast turkey with candied sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, prime rib and Peking duck.
From Tuesday to Sunday nights, Forty8 serves Italian and Chinese cuisine à la carte in a market style casual setting. Guests can discuss with the chef what they would like to eat and dishes will be specially made for them, usually in large portion size to share with family and friends.
All vegetables come from local organic farms and they take farm-to-table to a new level. During the evening market, there will be vegetables planted in soil for guests to harvest and cook immediately for ultimate freshness.
The brunch buffet runs from 11:30am-2:30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for 288RMB, add an extra 100RMB to include alcohol beverages.
Park Hyatt Hangzhou occupies the top floors of a building just next to Mix C mall, conveniently located at Qianjiang Road metro station on lines 2 and 4.