Weekend feast at Amaya Food Gallery, Amari Watergate Hotel
The Amari Watergate’s newly opened Amaya Food Gallery is featuring a Sunday Brunch inspired by the alluring flavours of Asian street food, with a tantalizing touch of Western cuisine—all at prices that are easy to swallow (from B1,800 for food only to B3,500 with free-flow champagne).
The product of an extensive recent makeover, the Amaya Food Gallery is defined aesthetically as much by the understated elegance of the décor as by its spaciousness: Not merely located on the fourth floor—it is the fourth floor.
An expansive, wide-open layout is punctuated by distantly spaced cooking and serving stations, with a towering glass front wall giving out onto bustling Petchaburi Road. Strolling around the vast floor space gives one the sensation of wandering through a foodie wonderland, with each cooking station like a wee quaint village.
Diners will always find a standing selection of premium highlight dishes, such as mountains of iced seafood including rock lobster and Alaskan king crab—all conveniently segmented. Similarly plate-ready, the imported mussels, oysters and clams are absolutely shucked. Meanwhile, generous slabs of French foie gras are grilled to perfection and served on toasted brioche with fruit coulis.
It can be said that at the heart of any brunch outing is the social element—breaking bread with friends and sharing new culinary experiences is nourishment for the soul. But catering to a plurality of individual tastes and preferences can be tricky. Not so, here. The bountiful, ever-changing menu of supporting-cast international dishes makes for carefree hob-noshery that will sate the most discerning palate.
Setting out to explore the delicacy-laden landscape of salads, uncountable cold dishes, legions of dim sum, BBQs, omelettes, grills, smoked fish, noodles, sushi, soups, tempura, and Thai specialties, we also encountered a number of unspeakably seductive nibbles like seafood gratin, prime rib-roast, eggs Benedict and chicken à la king. Meanwhile, divenely pungent aromas lead to a dedicated cheese populated with curds of such superb pedigree as Taleggio, Fontal, Camembert and Samsoe.
Then a shift in ambient fragrance brings to attention a fine selection of sub-continental favourites like chicken biryani and murgh malai tikka, plus succulent tandoori-baked mains, created by Amari’s resident Indian chef. Fans of Italian fare are well catered for, with a live pasta station featuring oodles of the traditional noodles and sauces, along with antipasti, cured meats and flatbread piadinas. And those with a penchant for a fine, traditional-style crust will appreciate the artisanship and real-deal authenticity of Amari’s oven-fresh breads—from Indian rotis to Italian focaccia, ciabatta and sun-dried tomato loaves.
Finally, a suite of tongue-lolling desserts mercilessly beckons, including fresh crêpes, warm pies, cakes and a cascading chocolate fountain, as traditional Thai treats and creamy-rich chocolate truffles provide a satisfying conclusion to this sumptuous, whirlwind buffet affair.
Amaya Food Gallery
Amari Watergate Hotel, 847 Petchburi Rd
Tel: 02 653 9000 | www.amari.com/watergate