Seafood dinner experience leaves the rest of the weekend jealous
You’ve crossed a mighty river, strolled through otherworldly forecourt gardens and majestically vaulted halls of glass and 3fine fabric, to a place where a brimming cornucopia of flavour-fresh ocean goodness awaits, as the gently rippling waters of the majestic River of Kings flow serenely by.
Despite sounding like a journey to Valhalla, Seafood Friday at Flow is a “fruits of the sea” buffet-with-a-view which, as it turns out, is conveniently located at the earthly plane-based Millennium Hilton Bangkok.
This impressively diverse spread of top-tier imported crab, oysters, shrimp, and fish is served against the picturesque backdrop of the Chao Praya River, with its procession of gaily-illuminated watercraft plying the current, and reflected city lights dancing on the gently rolling swells.
Along with seafood, the all-you-can-eat selection (B1,800 net) also includes a sushi/sashimi station, Mediterranean and hot dishes including: Seafood Thermidor with tender-leaf spinach; Oysters Rockefeller; Sea Bass in cream sauce; and a carve-your-share whole Norwiegian Salmon—oven-browned and seasoned just so.
And unlike many international dining venues that pander to those unaccustomed to the piquant wonders of local cooking, Flow’s Thai station serves real-deal authentic favourites like grilled chicken, som tam, and fresh pomelo salad—with no punches pulled in the generous use of notoriously potent Thai chillies (it’s clear by virtue of the super-sized som tam mortar that they really mean business!).
A dedicated, climate-controlled fromagerie offers a mind boggling and impressively curated selection of over 50 European cheeses, along with dried fruits and nuts plus crisp breads and flat breads for pairing. We suggest guests take their time visiting this station and avail themselves of the opportunity to explore and sample as many of the often obscure, heritage-quality varieties as their intake capacity will allow… which leads us to a crucial caveat. Amid this teeming plethora of as-much-as-you-want dining delights, guests will face a familiar buffet conundrum: how to achieve a balanced and satisfying ratio of main dishes to afters. This “problem” is particularly acute here, given the voluminous assortment of desserts, including uncountable tarts, cake slices, and tartlets that entice with merciless sweet tooth-teasing allure.
And those who find themselves paralysed with indecision over having to choose between an additional main dish sortie, or moving on to the terraced displays of Stollen loaf, fresh figs and cream, and chocolate torte, have Executive Pastry Chef Urs Rohrbach to blame. With well over a decade on the job at the venue, the Swiss bake-meister plays the ovens like a piano in creating this Willy Wonka-esque display of tempting treats, as well as gorgeously-crusted European breads, rolls and buns.
As alluded to earlier, getting here is in itself an enjoyable and visually stimulating experience. A complimentary hotel shuttle boat leaves from the Sathorn Pier (below Saphan Taksin BTS station) every 20 minutes for what is a serene, picturesque, and all-to-brief cross-river jaunt.
By Chris Michael
Seafood Friday at Flow
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
123 Charoen Nakhon Rd.
Every Friday: 6pm-11pm
Tel: 02 442 2000