Hangzhou's field of fine-dining options just got a little bit deeper with the opening of Oakroom; located on the 4th floor of Oakwood's North Tower. We were actually fortunate enough to be invited to the North Tower Grand Opening Celebration, which included the new Oakroom dinner buffet, so we can tell you firsthand, it's going to be a hit. During the celebration, there was a prize drawing, where our fortune continued, winning another free Dinner Buffet for two. So we went back a few weeks later to check it out, and were delighted to find it was just as good as the first time.
As you'd expect from any 5-star buffet, the options at Oakroom's dinner buffet were fresh, bountiful, and of the highest quality. We hit the seafood area first. Iced serving-stations were overflowing with lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, oysters, and enough king crab legs to worry about their overall population. Right around the corner you'll find an array of fresh, made-daily, sushi and sashimi. From there you'll find a nice selection of tasty tapas, a nice cold cut spread, cheese board, and bread. We spent way too much time there, considering we'd only been to less than half of what's on offer, but seriously, how good are cold cuts, and cheeses?
After recovering from momentary cheese blindness, we made our way to the dim sum station where we had dim sum. Dim some more! From there we sampled a few of their tasty renditions of China's most famous dishes, like Xinjiang-style lamb legs, which we devoured, and there's also a make your own stone pot station. Along the east wall, is the grilling zone, where you can pick from a variety of Australian and U.S. steaks and seafood, made to order.
There's also a whole separate dessert bar featuring homemade desserts, freshly-baked pastries, assorted tropical fruits, and Haagen-Dazs Ice-Cream. They even have a chocolate fountain, which they will not let you dunk your head in.