How to work your way through a buffet

Updated: Mar 25

Holiday buffets – who can resist them? (And any other kind of buffet, for that matter.)

Well I can’t, even if I don’t eat that much. :) There’s just something about seeing all that food, and seeing all those happy diners, that makes me feel full and satisfied.

Maybe it’s about time I have a strategy, especially since there are a lot of feasts this month. Two (or is it four?) that come to mind are JW Marriott Hotel Macau’s Christmas Lunch or Dinner Buffet on 24 and 25 December 2018, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Buffet on 31 December 2018 and 01 January 2019, all at Urban Kitchen.

Urban Kitchen's Baked Pistachio Lamb Rack

Another option is The Ritz-Carlton, Macau's Christmas and New Year’s menus. You can have decadent French dishes at The Ritz-Carlton Café...

Roasted Metzger Beef Tenderloin in Papillote, Jerusalem Artichoke, Truffle Sauce

… luxe Cantonese fare at Lai Heen…

Pan-Fried Hokkaido Scallop with Purple Potato in Sweet and Sour Sauce

… and a selection of winter drinks and bites at The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge.

The Blue Blazer cocktail

Yes, ‘tis the season to indulge. :)

To help me – us – get the most out of a spread like the ones above, I got Mr Rauf Malik, the hotels’ vice president of operations, to give us some valuable tips.

Mr Malik knows how to navigate a buffet

“With so many tasty choices on the menu for Christmas and New Year’s at Urban Kitchen at JW Marriott Hotel Macau, and Christmas Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Café, pacing yourself is key to enjoying a sumptuous, hearty meal,” he says. Keep his advice in mind and you can be as good as ready.

#1 Start with what’s special and seasonal

“This is to make sure you taste the mouthwatering selections that are only available for a limited time. You definitely wouldn’t want to get too full before indulging in traditional and refined holiday favourites, like Roasted Juniper Turkey with Traditional Gravy and Cranberry Sauce, at Urban Kitchen’s Christmas Buffet.”

#2 Healthy = yummy

“With hundreds of delectable options at your fingertips, it can be tempting to forgo the ‘healthy’ ones. But trust me – you wouldn’t want to miss out on the vegetable dishes prepared by our expert culinary team.”

#3 Fresh is best

“If you want to enjoy a delicious and varied meal that feels like something out of the ordinary – but don’t want to overindulge or get too full too fast – jet-fresh seafood on ice at The Ritz-Carlton Café’s Christmas Brunch is the perfect choice.”

#4 Take advantage of the selected bubbles and wine

“We offer Ritz Brut Champagne, Perrier-Jouët Champagne, and wine pairings for The Ritz-Carlton Café’s Christmas Dinner, so you can enjoy an expert pairing experience and simply focus on relaxing with your friends and family.”

#5 Save room for dessert

“A holiday buffet just wouldn’t be complete without Christmas dessert favourites – so be sure to sample a few of these holiday treats that have been reimagined with a luxurious twist.”

The Ritz-Carlton Café's Christmas Afternoon Tea Buffet

I’ll add a few of my suggestions too:

Featuring Urban Kitchen's Pan-Fried Goose Liver

So we don’t keel over, are able to recover, and have enough space in our tummies for the next buffet, Mr Malik also has three recommendations:

#1 Get pampered

“The invigorating foot treatment at ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau is a great choice.”

#2 Have a sip while you listen to music

“If you’re a fan of live music, go high up to The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge at the 51st floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Macau to enjoy the live performance from 8pm, Monday to Saturday. The team has specially curated three winter cocktails, including the classic Mulled Wine with a twist, for this festivity.”

#3 Keep the kids occupied

“If you’re with the little ones, check out the JW Marriott Kids Club, which is a fantastically fun choice to keep the little prince and princess happy.”

Sounds good to me. :)

For more information and reservations at Urban Kitchen, call +853 8886 6228 or email For The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, it’s +853 8886 6706 and