East-meets-West at this high-end “home-styled” living space
Walking down the runway-esque stairs of the illustrious Park Hyatt Bangkok to the 9th floor lobby lounge, suitably named the ‘Living Room’, it’s immediately evident why the brand’s 40th hotel is synonymous with luxury and prestige. Elegance and charm is found in every understated detail, but I still feel right at home.
Seamlessly flowing from one living space to the next, the adjoining Embassy Room harmoniously co-exists with both the Living Room and open-plan kitchen to offer guests a high-end “home-styled” dining experience. A calming palate of cool earth tones sets the scene, with small pops of colour found in the playful turquoise crockery. Trendy minimalistic chandeliers hang from the ceilings, and Asian-inspired art is dotted along the textured walls, while floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of Bangkok’s skyline.
We visited for lunch and were welcomed with unlimited offerings of appetizers and desserts from ‘The Pantry’, as well as one main course, all for the price of B1,450. For a lighter lunch, the option of only appetizers and desserts is also available, priced at B990. Both are inclusive of coffee or tea and a serving of the soup of the day.
Keeping it homey, the Embassy Room goes back to basics serving simple food done well. At first glance the fare seems to be strictly international, but upon second inspection of the menu you’ll find the offerings are cross-cultured, perfectly balancing both Western and Asian influences. Miso marinated black cod fish served with pak choi, and Atlantic salmon, ratatouille, and quinoa with lemon confit both being fine examples of their East-meets-West culinary offerings. The wood fire oven roasted baby chicken with roasted vegetables and rosemary jus came highly recommended, but it was the pork chop with pumpkin purée and pickled onion that caught my eye.
After ordering our mains, we proceeded to The Pantry to choose our starters (or desserts, depending if you want sweet or savoury first), where over 20 options of freshly made appetizers and salads were presented. Each dish is made fresh, and the selection is rotated daily. Fresh baked quiche; Waldorf salad; watermelon and feta cheese; French beans salad; smoked salmon; salted egg som tum; fusilli pasta with rocket pesto, buratta from Khao Yai and sundried tomatoes; as well as a DIY salad section with a homemade Caesar dressing, were but a few of the day’s offerings.
Just as we finished our appetizers we were presented with our mains—all in very generous portions. The salty char-grilled pork chop, sweet pumpkin, and sour purple pickled onion came together in a perfect balance of flavours (and colours). A sprinkling of fine cap moo (pork crackling) gave it an extra element of both crunch and salt.
For something sweet, classic desserts were a prominent theme with beautiful strawberry Swiss roll, baked vanilla custard, New York cheesecake, chocolate layer cake, Paris-brest, Opera cake, pistachio bavaroise feuilletine, macarons, and much more on offer, not forgetting a selection of cheeses and breads too. By Kelly Harvey
9F, The Park Hyatt Bangkok
Central Embassy, 88 Wireless Rd.
Tel: 02 012 1234
Open daily: 6am-10:30am, noon-2pm, 6pm-10pm