Next in my impressing friends with food series is a couple. I’m gonna need some help for this, and SPG is great help, and if you didn’t know SPG is the loyalty program from Starwood Hotels and Resorts. If that doesn’t ring your bell than maybe names like the Sheraton, Le Meridien, and The W Hotel will get those proverbial bells clanging.
I chose to bring my friends Rod and Dorota to Kitchen at the W Hotel, both of them have a past in the fashion industry, that sense of elitism coupled with Rod being from Quebec (French! He speaks French!) and Dorota being… well… herself, makes them hard to impress.
Within seconds of entering the seafood buffet in Kitchen Rod was won over. I don’t know if it was the rows of fresh oysters, or the mounds of salmon fillets cooked to perfection, or the Boston lobster claws he was shovelling into his mouth while still standing at the buffet, but I’d made a believer out of Rod.
Dorota was being her usual aloof self, acting unimpressed by piles of cured meats (which is just ridiculous, who isn’t impressed by cured meats?), until she noticed the dessert buffet. Fruits, cakes, jars of gourmet jelly beans, a fondue fountain to dip everything in, the previously unimpressed Dorota was now on my side.
We were so busy eating that we didn’t notice the cool design accoutrements that are so uniquely W that were found all over Kitchen. From dishes stacked impossibly high to a Mona Lisa painting that eyed a plane flying through the picture, once our appetites were satiated we appreciate this other touches.
Great food and awesome design, Rod and Dorota were impressed. Buying your friends with food might seem morally ambiguous but it’s better than buying them over with money.
And anyone can join the SPG program for free and enjoy triple benefits and other perks until September 30, 2013. Check out www.spg.com/triplebenefits for more info.