Recently I bought a Groupon for the Hastings Racecourse for buffet dinner for 2 at Silks Restaurant. A couple weekends ago, my bf and I took advantage of the Groupon for Friday night to watch the horse races and enjoy a buffet dinner out. This restaurant has prime view of the race track. Tip: when making reservations by phone – request a table near the window with a view of the track.
The buffet on a Friday evening is normally $27.95 per person, and on Friday nights there is a $5.00 cover charge. The Groupon I purchased included buffet dinner for 2, cover charges for 2 and 2 program booklets for the races. Each Friday night the buffet starts an hour prior to races (the night we went, buffet started at 6pm, races at 7pm).
When we arrived at the buffet and got lead to our table facing the window out onto the race tracks, we had to wait for our server to come and give us a card for the buffet. At the buffet, we gave our card to the host there and he stamped our hands for re-entry into the buffet. The buffet had 5 stations: cold salad bar, hot food items, seafood items, cheese and cracker platter, and desserts.
At the end of the hot food station, a chef was on-hand to carve juicy slices of AAA roast round of beef and honey glazed ham.
There wasn’t too much seafood items – primarily peel and eat shrimp, smoked salmon, salmon lox, and a couple other fish items on the cold and hot tables.
The cheese platters were your average crackers and cheese (brie, cheddar, swiss). The desserts included fresh fruit platter, various mousse cakes, yogurt and fruit parfait, a strawberry mousse, a selection of pies (pecan, apple, lemon meringue were just a few of the pies), and a hot rice pudding. There was also an assortment of bars such as brownies, rocky road, etc. My favourite was the raspberry mousse cake and the fresh fruit platter.
Non-alcoholic drinks like pop and juice were at extra cost to be ordered with the server. Because we’ve been here before, I was anticipating that their dessert bar would’ve included the sticky toffee pudding we had the previous year at the buffet, but on the night we went it was the rice pudding instead. If you go and they offer the sticky toffee pudding, try it! It’s delicious and not super sweet.
In general, I would say that with the Groupon it was a great deal to come out for the dinner buffet and enjoy the horse races from a more premium seating; however the food quality was average. For regular price, it would be better if soft drinks/juices would be included as there was not a lot of premium quality food for $28. Also, it would’ve been nice to have some ice cream to finish off from the dessert bar for the pies. I would’ve also liked to see more variety of cheeses and even a cold cut platter with sliced meats.
I hope in the future they continue to upgrade their buffet so that more people will take advantage of enjoying the races while enjoying the buffet. In Hong Kong at The Jockey Club, they have a very high end style buffet with seafood and premium meats ranging from $25 – $100 CAD depending on the race day. People dress up to check out the races and enjoy a nice buffet. I hope to continue to check out the buffet at Silks Restaurant, and one day see the improvements of the menu offerings.