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BREAKFAST: MASU

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Photographs: David Straight

For a child of the 1980s, nothing was more fancy than breakfast out at a fancy hotel – the Regent, say, where the hot chocolate was rich and dark. Sadly, for the longest time, hotel breakfast didn’t measure up to these very high standards. Until, that is, Masu introduced the Sunday Nichiyo Brunch.

It costs $68, which is admittedly pricey, but it’s worth it. There is a buffet, the likes of which are usually found in big hotels in Asia where breakfast may be the best thing you eat all day and you feel slightly guilty about that. There is beautifully fresh, perfect sashimi and sushi, along with a pile of salads – grilled eggplant, beans, carrot – in earthenware bowls. There is, holy of all holies, a big pot of silken tofu which you spread with pickles and sprinkles, and there are great big hunks of grilled salmon.

Then you choose a dish from the lunch menu: we recommend the grilled baby chicken and the cedar plank salmon. At which point, the dessert platter arrives, a pile of ice with house-made ice cream, fruit and a couple of desserts. It can take a couple of hours to get to this point: this is how breakfast out should be. SFG

HOURS Sundays, 11am to 3pm.

ADDRESS SkyCity Grand Hotel, 90 Federal Street, City, ph 378 7979. masu.co.nz

COFFEE Not applicable. Order champagne.

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