The economy may be picking up, but everyone’s still looking for bargains. Well, what could be more value for money than all-you-can eat meals? Just make sure you go hungry, and leave some room in your handbag for that last slice of cake. Did You Say Dessert? Tiffin has done things backwards. Having achieved citywide renown for its sumptuous dessert buffet, it’s now cast its eye on conquering the savory world as well, with their new dinner buffet, launched just last month. Chefs mingle with customers around the carving station as they stock up on shellfish, salads and European treats, the gem amongst which is the salmon roulade with horseradish cream. Those with a fearsome sweet tooth have no need to fear however, as there are eight tables dedicated to desserts—tarts, soufflés, fresh waffles, truffles and French cheeses to name a few. The Grand Hyatt also offers an Asian buffet every Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Kaetsu , cooking up Japanese treats (Taraba crab, king prawn and oysters flown in) to satisfy even the most famished Sumo wrestler. Dinner in Tiffin is $538 and $269 for children, whilst Keatsu is priced at $580/$290. Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2684-7722 . Turn Up The Heat The hotel may be a year old already, but FIRE , situated on the ground floor of the W Hotel and bathed in dark reds and contemporary art, is still well ahead of its time. Until the last Friday of September, FIRE will be hosting Brazilian chefs from Macao’s famous charruscaria Fogosamba for an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbeque buffet. Aside from themed starters, salads, cheeses, smoked meats and antipasti prepared in an open kitchen, Brazilian cowboy chefs, or “Gauchos” will move around the restaurant from table to table with huge skewers of fire roasted meat, terrifying any hapless vegetarians who happen to have walked through the door. At your bidding, they’ll slice off prime cuts from the pichana (rump) or coxa de galinha (chicken thigh). The Brazilian buffet will run every day for the next five weeks between 6-11pm and is priced at $450 per person. 1/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Rd. West, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3717-2222 . Turning Japanese If modern, chic Japanese dining sets your taste buds tingling, Yamm is just for you. Blending chic, hyper-modern interiors with live cooking stations and “à la minute” Japanese delicacies, Yamm comes across with all the cool and precision of a Harajuku sushi chef. Don’t be tempted to fill up on the jet-fresh sashimi, yakitori and wagyu beef though, for within the buffet occidental pearls lay hidden—Caeser salad with Scottish Bulik salmon cold smoked in Switzerland, and freshly shucked oysters from the US and Tasmania, not to mention a superb range of fruity European summer desserts. Buffet lunch runs 11:10am-2:30pm daily and is priced at $208 on weekdays and $288 on weekends, with dinner (also buffet style) between 6pm and 10pm at $498 during the week and $550 on weekends, with a reduced price available for 3-11 year olds. G/F, The Mira Hotel, 118-113 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315-5111 . Lobster Lovin’ Any buffet place in Hong Kong that does lobster automatically scores points with the value hunting, cholesterol-be-damned buffet veterans that you’ll see lurking around the seafood station on any given weekend, which is why “Lobstermania” at Langham Hotel’s L’Eclipse restaurant fills a much-needed gap in the market. But hurry, because this promotion—which features lobsters in every preparation imaginable—is only on until the end of August. Try the lobster demitasse with orange and cayenne, or the lobster and okra skewer. Chefs also recommend the lobster dumplings crayfish broth. If you prefer your foods raw, play it simple and head for the fresh seafood bar, featuring Australian oysters as well as Balmain bugs, Whelps, mussels, and Boston lobsters. While seafood is the star of the night, you can also sample Michelin-starred Chinese roasted meats or the delightful Thai Style pomelo and shrimp salad. Further choices include the cooked-to-order luxuries, including Cantonese braised abalone and fire grilled Wagyu beef sirloin. The dinner buffet is $468 per adult and $268 per child on weeknights and $488/$288 on weekends and public holidays. Upper lobby level, Langham Hotel, 8 Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2375-1133 . Dining by the Sea Harbourside at the Intercon certainly lives up to its name. Its front-row seats of our famous skyline makes it an ideal place to take visitors, and indoors, the bistro settings and lush greenery creates the perfect atmosphere for a pleasant family lunch. Sample the interesting variety of salads, such as pomelo with roasted coconut and mango, or the Sam Tam Green papaya, and make sure to order one of the freshly squeezed juice mixes to enjoy on a hot summer’s day. The Japanese hot and cold selections alone are enough to make the meal, with crispy tempura and a chef on hand to prepare fresh sashimi. Old Chinese favorites such as Hainan chicken and homemade dim sum are a tempting choice. For the sweet of tooth, the fun variety of trifles, cakes and sprinkled ice-cream cones are the perfect end-of-summer treat for kids. Prices start at $248 for lunch, $588 for dinner, and $638 for the weekend champagne brunch. LG/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2313-2323 . Buffets Galore Café TOO is famous among buffet buffs for its sheer variety of foods on offer. But while we love the huge range of international offerings, our favorite part of the experience is getting to watch the chefs at work at the seven open kitchen food stations, where they busily prepare tempting delicacies. Work the room and savor a rich, spicy Indian curry, or the subtler iced crab and oysters. Then, when you’re done, head to the dessert island and choose from rows and rows of delicately prepared sweets. The café is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, the latter costing $418 per adult, Mon-Thu, $458 on weekends. 7/F, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2820-8571 .