Just off Nanshan Road opposite the Hefang Street junction, you’ll come across Ibiza Garden Club, an all-you-can eat seafood buffet. Nestled amongst the trees and bushes, with the lake just a stone’s throw away, the setting feels perfect for a night of romance or just a cozy dinner with good friends.
The environment inside has no single detail overlooked, providing comfort akin to that of a five star hotel. Special outdoor heating systems, including heated seats and tables, provide a halo of warmth around each and every guest, making it perfect for Hangzhou’s chilly winters. A DJ plays relaxing music in the background, and there’s soft lighting throughout.
This restaurant prides itselfon the quality of its oysters, with a dedicated menu featuring twenty seven types. Naturally, I started with a French Gillardeau oyster, which left a lovely crisp long-lasting taste, and was paired perfectly with a glass of Black Tower white wine. Following the appetising starter was Smoked Salmon with Mango, Fish and Chips, and Fried Tempura Shrimp, all flawlessly cooked and presented. Next, I had the massive Spanish Red Shrimp, peeling apart easily, leaving me with an extremely flavourful shrimp – a testament to the freshness of the seafood.
In addition to seafood, a delectable range of other dishes is available. Most notably, these include the Rocket Beef served on a hot stone and the selection of grilled vegetables. Finally, there is the hot pot with a choice of seafood and meats, coming in two varieties, scallop rice and tomato, both also perfect just as a side soup. Unlike other buffets in the city, there’s no need to get up: all dishes are ordered from the menu.
The buffet drinks menu features a wide array of non-alcoholic and alcoholic options, including free-flow beer and a particularly tasty Glühwein with strong scents of cinnamon, perfect for warming up.
From 9pm, the lights go down and the music goes up, becoming a chic lounge bar, featuring a selection of wines and specially made ‘constellation’ cocktails, one for each star sign. Needless to say I had my own, the Gemini, a delicious rum based cocktail with pineapple and mint hints.
Buffet is 398RMB for adults, 199RMB for children, from 5pm till 9pm. MORE readers have an exclusive 12% discount; just mention the magazine to them. Menus in English, parking available, smoking permitted. For reservations, directly contact Robin, 15168250798.