The Eatery in Four Points by Sheraton

Disclaimer: The SO and I dined at the Eatery restaurant’s seafood buffet dinner as invited guests of Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane and GTI Tourism.

As one of the three major cities on Australia’s east coast, Brisbane has a shockingly inadequate number of hotels in the city. It’s not uncommon to find a lack of hotel availability whenever there is a major event in town. Perhaps sensing that gap in the market, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane opened its doors on 3 March 2014. Located in the heart of the city’s Central Business District (CBD) on Mary Street, it is also home to two dining outlets – The Eatery, an all-day dining restaurant and Wrapped™, a relaxed deli-style café and bar.

The Eatery

The Eatery offers a relaxed and casual dining environment on the hotel’s first floor, which is only accessible via the lifts from the hotel lobby. In that sense, The Eatery is a little disadvantaged from the lack of foot traffic. The 60 seat restaurant offers a selection of daily menus including breakfast and an express market lunch. A seafood buffet is also available for Friday and Saturday dinner for $75 per head, and a Sunday seafood brunch option for $55 per person, which includes a glass of bubbles on arrival.

The SO and I arrived at the Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane for our 7:30pm booking and were immediately shown to a simple black wood lacquered table, set for two with wine glasses, cutlery and 2 bowls – an empty one for seafood castings and the other a finger bowl of water with a slice of lemon. While the a la carte menu was also available, most of the other tables were digging into the buffet, which included a dessert table offering more options than the hot food and seafood combined.

Since we were there for the seafood, let’s talk about that first. The seafood offerings were natural oysters with lemon wedges (no Tobasco in sight), mussels served with sweet chilli and soy sauce, sand crabs dressed in olive oil and lemon juice, and prawns.

The Eatery

There was some confusion when I asked about where the seafood was sourced – a wait staff said the oysters were from Coffin Bay, while the floor manager said they were from Bryon Bay. The prawns and crabs were said to be from Queensland. We particularly enjoyed the oysters and mussels – I found the oysters fresh and creamy, and the SO preferred the mussels with its zingy sauce. But with the prawns and crab, we found these overcooked. The crab flavour had disappeared from much of the flesh, save in the crab legs, where they still retained their sweetness. It was a real pity as they were otherwise quite fresh, decently sized and meaty.

I should add that seafood is something that is very close to my heart. Growing up in a Teochew family in Singapore, seafood is often the protein of choice and so we cooked and ate it a lot. Boiling seafood and then chilling it is my least favourite way of preparing seafood, because there is a tendency for the seafood flavour to leech out into the water. Steaming or frying with aromatics, such as ginger, shallots, peppercorns or curry leaves are my preferred seafood treatments.

My other preference is to see a couple more hot seafood options to the seafood buffet – think fish kebabs, salt and pepper calamari, or coconut prawn fritters. Instead there was a basa curry and a sweet Asian stir-fry noodle with baby prawns and octopus, alongside pork ribs, lamb ragu, chicken meatballs and vegetables – excellent if you’re dining with companions who don’t like seafood (in which case, why are you taking them to a seafood buffet?!), but not so great if you wanna maximise the table real estate with as much seafood as your stomach can physically handle.

The Eatery

The Eatery

The Eatery

The Eatery

The salad bar had four options: coleslaw, sweet potato salad (mistakenly labelled ‘garden salad’), potato salad and pasta salad. All four were very lightly dressed, so those who are often irked by overly creamy dressings, take heart – The Eatery has your back. If you prefer more bang in your salad, there were bowls of extra dressing you were welcome to help yourself to.

The dessert bar was phenomenal. There was such an assortment of tarts and cakes, my mind was boggled. Especially as none of it was labelled. I couldn’t tell if anything was gluten free or what type of preserves were gracing the tops. The cheeses and fruit were no brainers and for the kiddies, there was always ice-cream.

The Eatery

The Eatery

The Eatery

 

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Disclaimer: The SO and I dined at the Eatery restaurant’s seafood buffet dinner as invited guests of Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane and GTI Tourism.