Boozy buffet dinner that won’t break the bank
Conveniently located on Sukhumvit Soi 24, just walking distance from Phrom Phong BTS station, Bistro M at the elegant Marriott Executive Apartments serves up an array of Thai and international fare, with lunch and dinner buffets on offer Monday to Friday. But come the first Friday of every month the ‘International Dinner Buffet’ is served with a selection of free flow wine, plus a welcome glass of Prosecco on arrival—all for a mere B1,300 per person.
With floor-to-ceiling windows facing the bustling soi and an open kitchen, the venue combines the offerings and style of a restaurant with the laidback feel of a cozy café—an idyllic setting to sit back, relax, and sip on bottomless wine. The high ceilings, wood floors, warm lighting, and bright pops of colour on the walls also keep the atmosphere relaxed yet upbeat, while the friendly and knowledgeable staff complete the package.
For starters, you’ll find: marinated feta, olives and anchovies; Manchego cheese and Serrano ham; bruschetta; an assortment of cheeses; and even tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa amongst the offerings at the tapas bar—alongside which is a variety of more than 10 salads. A new addition to the lineup is the seafood section with fresh prawns and mussels on ice.
Moving on to mains, you’ll find an array of home-style cooked dishes such as meatballs in Spanish tomato sauce, Galician calamari, sautéed New Zealand mussels in white wine, garlic and chilli prawns, BBQ pork ribs, and chicken coq au vin. But the main attraction is the hot kitchen, where meaty delights such as baked salmon with dill cream sauce and roasted beef ribeye and roasted potatoes—a must-try—are on offer. The chefs are also on hand to make made-to-order pasta dishes with a variety of sauces, and serve up piping hot thin-based pizzas (vegetarian options are also available).
The dessert table is filled with an assortment of Thai desserts, blueberry cheesecake, and crème brulée, along with a range of fruit and ice creams.
Guests can also choose from a special à la carte menu (not included in the buffet price) featuring seared scallop with mango chutney and cheesy nachos for appetizers (B220 each), and Chu-chi snow fish or grilled lamb chops for mains (B680 each).
Not forgetting about the all-important wine, the list here offers four types of grape and is rotated every other month. On the night of our visit the selection included a South African Chardonnay and Shiraz, and a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon—simple but suitable for the dishes on offer.
This popular event sees couples, friends, and families come together. Tables fill up quick, and after an hour of eating, most folks seem to hangout the rest of the night taking advantage of the unlimited glasses of wine.
NOTE: The upcoming International Dinner Buffet evenings are scheduled for October 6th, November 4th, and December 1st.
By Kelly Harvey
GF, Marriott Executive Apartments
90, Sukhumvit Soi 24
Tel: 02 302 5265
Buffet available: 6:30pm-10pm