The Best Reason to Sleep Late
From Monday to Friday, Bangkok is an overexcited metropolis filled with all the sights, sounds and smells one would expect of a big, bustling Southeast Asian city. But come the weekend, when the traffic disappears and its well-heeled citizens sleep late before coming out to play on their day of rest, starred hotels across the city are rolling up their sleeves in preparation for the onslaught of the weekend-brunch-seeking hordes, who come in search of their favourite tables for the best gourmet buffets, à la carte menus and quality free-flow drinks in town. Exotiq Thailand visited a few of the best in Bangkok, and here’s what we thought.
St. Regis Bangkok
Not content with a simple affair, St. Regis Bangkok ramps up the pace on the last Sunday of every month with the grandly-named Monthly Mega Brunch, a belly-stretching event that spreads seamlessly across their four elegant restaurants and bars on Level 12. It is a dining experience said to combine the grandeur of the early 1900s with the allure of the modern-day culinary scene, and all accompanied by free-flow Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage champagne and choice Italian wines. This gargantuan gourmet ensemble includes assortments of antipasti, delicately crafted foie gras, Fine de Claire oysters, caviar and house-cured salmon, shellfish on ice, freshly-prepared sushi and sashimi, slow-roasted prime rib, carved premium meats, eggs benedict, lobster thermidor, imported cheeses and masses of indulgent desserts.
Sunday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm; THB 5,500++ per person inclusive of free-flow champagne and wine. Reservations: +66 (0)2 207 7777; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
If music be the food of love, then Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit plays on to a surfeit of gourmet buffets at their Sunday Jazzy Brunch, which is staged on Level 1 across their three award-winning venues – Rossini’s, Basil, and The Living Room. Pulling no punches, this spectacular brunch jumps to the syncopated beat of sparkling standards from a live jazz band, supporting an array of antipasti, salads, pasta, exotic Asian favourites, premium oysters, fresh snow crab, blue claw prawns and Moreton Bay slipper lobsters. For meat lovers, a carvery serves roasted Wagyu prime rib, Iberico pork rack and roasted quail with thyme, while to finish – if you get to that line – there are imported cheeses, desserts and homemade ice creams to really send you over the edge. Of course, there’s free-flow!
Sunday from 12pm to 3pm; THB 2,500++per person. Free-flow wines at 1,300++ baht per person. Reservations: +66 (0)2 649 8353; email email@example.com
Grand Hyatt Erawan
The city’s Champagne Charlies flock to Grand Hyatt Erawan each Sunday, where the Tables Grill Champagne Brunch offers unlimited Moët and Chandon Imperial Brut and a menu featuring a wide variety of foods to match the quality of the bubbles. Boston lobster bisque, an oyster bar, smoked salmon, prawn cocktail, duck liver parfait, pork loin confit, beef sirloin, champagne risotto, kurobuta pork, Australian prime rib, a full range of salads, and a sumptuous choice of desserts will fill the most empty of bellies. And if that’s not enough to sate that post-late-Saturday-night hunger, then the à la carte menu offers delectables such as lobster thermidor, pan-fried foie gras, sautéed sea bass à la Meunière, and homemade pasta gratin. For those to whom bubbles aren’t to their taste, then the hotel offers a soft option of free-flow premium white and red wines, beer, soft drinks, mocktails, iced tea and mineral water.
Sunday from 11am to 3pm. THB 3,999++ per person inclusive of free-flow champagne, beverages and soft drinks. Reservations: +66 (0)2 254 6250; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit bangkok.grand.hyatt.com
SO Sofitel Bangkok
There’s double trouble at SO Sofitel Bangkok for brunch fans, because just like Old Blue Eyes’ New York, New York, it’s so good they hold it twice, on Saturday as well as Sunday. The setting for this tasty twosome is the striking Red Oven on the 7th floor of the hotel, an L-shaped venue reminiscent of a traditional street market, but with a contemporary twist, energised by a huge handcrafted Molteni red oven. Amidst this vibrant setting are nine live-cooking stations comprising hot selections, Japanese sushi and robatayaki bars, a fresh seafood counter, organic salad corner, a dessert table virtually groaning under the weight of its calories, ice cream teppanyaki, cold cuts and a gourmet cheese corner for those whose stomachs are endlessly large or who just never learned to say no. The big beautiful buffet spreads are complemented by blackboard-listed à la carte dishes, and, as always, a wide range of free-flow options are available to help wash it all down.
Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 3pm. THB 1,950++ including juices and hot teas; THB 2,350++ including free-flow wine, beer, soft drinks, juices and hot teas. Reservations: +66 (0)2 624 0000; or visit sofitel-so-bangkok.com
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Devotees of authentic Chinese fare can take a graceful step back in time to the era of 1930s China, where a sensational spread of Shanghai haute cuisine as long as a May Day parade is devoured in the classic setting of The China House, filled with mahogany furniture and the aroma of jasmine-flavoured tea. With tea the only free-flow drink on offer with this feast, it’s an ideal venue for families and those who want to focus on the food. The dim-sum is a blend of classic and contemporary innovations, and a good place to whet an appetite for what’s to follow at the buffet tables, where the showcase includes chilled drunken chicken with spicy marinated jelly fish, and honey-glazed cha siew pork slices. A vast main course menu contains temptations like wok-fried garoupa fillet with lotus root and black bean sauce, and wok–seared beef tenderloin with black peppercorn and seasonal soy sauce.
Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm with free-flow of tea. THB 1,271.16 nett for adults; THB 882.75 nett for children. Reservations: +66 (0)2 659 9000, ext. 7393; email email@example.com
The Peninsula Bangkok
Sunday at the Pen is a thoroughly upscale experience in the serene setting of The Lobby, enhanced by views over the riverside and discreet live music. The scale and variety of culinary delights on offer here is truly astonishing and diners can expect an exceptionally luxurious gastronomic journey, with the option of complementing it all with premier Louis Roederer Cristal champagne. There are masses of European meats and cheeses, freshly-shucked oysters from around the world, live cooking stations presenting signature dishes of the hotel, lobster, seared Japanese scallops, and a mighty Wagyu beef burger served with seared foie gras, red onion and truffle oil (pictured at the top of this page). Complete the pure indulgence with an extensive dessert selection featuring more than 15 special chocolate creations.
Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. THB 2,200++ per person including free-flow juices and soft drinks; THB 3,200++ per person including one bottle Louis Roederer for two persons. Reservations: +66 (0)2 020 2888; email firstname.lastname@example.org
W Hotel Bangkok
Brunch goes street with two offerings at the W; the Lazy Sundays brunch, and the Saturday W Does Brunch, both at The Kitchen Table. The first is a relaxed affair for family and friends to gather and gossip. The mouth-watering buffet launches with choices of starters from Mexican grilled corn salad with spiced cream, lime and coriander to smoked salmon and watercress crepe rolls with black garlic aioli, before moving onto main selections including eggs benedict with cold smoked mackerel and avocado, and marinated fried chicken with ranch, fennel and carrot slaw. W Does Brunch has a DJ playing live beats and an art workshop with a different local Thai designer each month for guests to experience hands-on art activities between – or even during – buffet courses. There’s also dedicated cocktail stations for guests to enjoy free-flow all through the afternoon.
Both 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Lazy Sundays from THB 775++ per person; additional THB 775++ per person for free-flow cocktails, wine and beer. Children aged 3-12 THB 450++ per child. W Does Brunch first Saturday every month. THB 2,500++ per person; with free-flow THB 3,100++ per person. Reservations: +66 (0)2 344 4000; email email@example.com
Decisions, decisions with two brunches to choose from. What will it be – living it large with champagne at the Sunday Bubbly Brunch in Espresso, or celebrating la dolce vita with the Italian Weekend Brunch at Theo Mio? Bubbly Brunch is a global guzzling adventure with an ocean of seafood, Wagyu beef prime rib, foie gras, Australian lamb, and a special stop for Cantonese, with dim sum, soups and a duck pancake station. There’s no let-up on this ride, which ends with selection of desserts and a chocolate buffet. Italian Weekend Brunch stays firmly in its homeland with traditional favourites accompanied by free-flow sparkling prosecco or red and white wines. There’s Porchetta: roasted pork belly rolled with herbs and fennel seeds; and seasonal specialty Salmone alla Griglia, and loads of desserts to finish you off. Both come with free-flow options.
Bubbly Sunday Brunch from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. THB 1,999++ per person; includes free-flow mineral water, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Free-flow alcohol packages from THB 3,899++ Italian Weekend Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 2:00pm. THB 1,288++ per person including free-flow beverages. Reservations: +66 (0)2 656 0444 ext. 6430 or visit bangkok.intercontinental.com