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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.
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When SPG invited me to try out some of their venues in Hong Kong, I immediately asked if I could bring some friends, not because I’m selfless but because I thought it would be a good way to impress them. When it comes to impressing friends, I’m always looking for help.
Who to impress? Who to impress?
I chose an especially tough cookie or maybe I should say platzgen, which is German, because of course my friend Saskia is a stoic, efficient, sauerkraut loving (I presume) German. I invited her for a business lunch at Unkai, a sleek Japanese restaurant in The Sheraton.
She took time out of her work day to meet, and of course I had no intention of discussing business with her, in fact I don’t know what she does specifically—I mean I know she has a boss and deadlines—but the details of what she does, whether she sells hammers, corkscrews, or is some kind of top secret assassin I don’t know—or care. You don’t impress friends by knowing their work—you impress them by providing plates of food—and Unkai did that in spades.
We had a teppanyaki menu which means the food is cooked in front of us, and it included everything from succulent fresh shrimp, to delicately roasted salmon, chicken, to rich pate, to sliced tender lamb, juicy beef rolls, and finally fried rice and vegetables. Few meals will offer meats from so many sources. I felt like I’d eaten a farm—next to the sea, and with rice paddies in the distance.
A nice touch was the little taster sets of sake that were brought out, which were more than enough to get an idea of the different sakes on hand, and warm the heart of even Saskia. Saskia confessed she didn’t eat much Japanese food (seriously?) and that Unkai had been incredible.
Another friend impressed and since I’m an SPG member, I also received a 15% discount on lunch and a 15% discount voucher for the spa—though I figured I’d use that spa voucher to impress myself.
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