The Café at the Hyatt is well known for serving one of the best buffets in Hangzhou, but their à la carte menu is also worth a look for a quickersit-down meal. The menu can be ordered from anytime between 11am-11pm, and if you come to the Café between 2:30-5:30pm, the buffet is closed and the à la carte menu is the only option.We were invited to try theirnew menu whichfeatures manyhealthy, low calorie options.
Super Salad (110RMB) of quinoa, grapefruit and orange segments, carrot, red cabbage, rocket and pomegranate molasses dressingwas a great example of the their new light menu. It’s low in calories, nutritious, colourfuland tasty.
The French Onion Soup (80RMB) came with a gruyere crouton on the side for you to drop into the soup when it is brought to the table. At first this seemed unorthodox, but the broth had a satisfying depth without being too rich and the gruyerecheese packed a lot of flavour. Compared to the traditional heavy cheese covered French onion soup, this is a lighter version that doesn’t sacrifice taste.
The impressive Café BBQ Burger (148RMB) had a 250g Australian beef patty, crispy onion strings, bacon, cheddar cheese, BBQ and a pot garlic lemon aioli. Thehousemade sesame seed bun did an admirable job of holding everything together. The burger had a side of jalapeno poppers minus the cream cheese filling, so you get the fiery heat without the calories.
Café Mac’n’Cheese (100RMB) with leeks, bacon and cream is one gooey comforting dish that makes no pretenses of being light and is worth all the calories. The mellow flavour of the leeks added a sweet fragrance, and there wasenough bacon pieces to accompany every bite.
Vanilla Crème Brûlée(80RMB) was smooth assilk with ahard caramel top that shatteredjust right when hit with a spoon. The Mango Sago Pudding (80RMB) was light and fruity, and the Chocolate Trio (90RMB) comes with housemade chocolate ice cream.
The menu also has lean meat and fish entrees, steaks, Chinese stir-fry and Asian rice and noodle dishes.