Celebrate the weekend with a sumptuous Sunday brunch
Sunday is brunch day in Bangkok, and the options for city dwellers are vast and varied. Narrowing the choices down is never easy, but if live band, riverside view, and extensive selection of Asian and Western fare is part of your criteria, then pay a visit to the River Barge restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok. To be fair this spacious, newly refurbished restaurant serves up delicious buffet dinners every night of the week, but the Sunday afternoon buffet allows diners a chance to appreciate the light streaming in through the extra tall floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out over the Chao Phraya River. Indoors there’s seating for 150 persons, but brunchers can also dine outdoors at the hotel’s Pier 28 restaurant, which offers seating for 80 persons.
The brunch itself runs from noon to 3pm each week (with an irresistible dessert corner that remains open till 4pm), and the price of the feast is B1,850 net (children B925 net). For that, diners can choose from an array of menu items, all beautifully displayed and replenished regularly. There are also a half dozen live cooking stations preparing made-to-order meals, including a tempting pasta station— the first one visitors will encounter up on entering—and a joint Pad Thai and Som Tam corner where guests can customize their own version of these Thai classics.
As is to be expected there are also numerous seafood items to choose from, including ice-chilled oysters, mussels, prawns, and King crab, as well as a generous selection of spiced up sushi rolls and colourful sashimi. But Executive Chef Andrew Brown also has lots to offer meat lovers, including cooked-on-the-spot, grain-fed Wagyu beef steaks, a full spit-roasted lamb, and a choice of French or Hungarian seared foie gras. There’s also tasty roasted duck and pineapple ham up for grabs, and to compliment everything there’s enough sauces and condiments to please any palate (the rosemary lamb gravy goes well on almost everything!).
Rounding out the buffet choices are roasted vegetable dishes, pork and chicken specialties, and some inventive appetizer-sized snacks (the Thai style deep fried spicy minced pork plates proved to be thoroughly addictive). However Western palates might be just as drawn to the cured meats—smoked fish, cold cuts, gravlax, to name a few—as well as the excellent European bread and cheeses on offer.
Finally, save some room for dessert. There are dozens to choose from—all neatly individualized on small plates—including passion fruit panna cotta, tempting lemon meringue tarts, macarons, and red velvet cake. Or, make your own aprés feast treats by dipping some fresh fruits or marshmallow pieces into the gushing chocolate fountain.
NOTE: Free flow drink packages are also available for B899 net, which includes beers, spirits, and cocktails, as well as red, white, and sparkling wines.
GF, Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
28 Charoenkrung Rd.
Tel: 02 307 8888