Claiming to have invented the Polynesian-inspired Mai Tai in 1944, Trader Vic’s is now celebrating its long-standing Tiki style with a unique Mai Tai Sunday Brunch (B1999++). Giving the classic buffet a colourful twist, this Sunday special takes the cocktail experience to a fine-dining level. Think inventive fusions and smoking dry ice mixes, with a cocktail shaking lesson led by creative mixologist Ron Ramirez thrown in for good measure — all this on top of a mouth-watering feast.
Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, home to the relaxed South Pacific-themed restaurant, is reached by a breezy boat ride up the Chao Phraya River from Saphan Taksin Pier. Guests are welcomed with a Mai Tai mocktail served from a waterwheel of flowing tropical flavours. A classic Mai Tai, made from Trader Vic’s own brand of dark rum, starts the day off with a strong start.
Buffet highlights include a luxurious seafood tower of fresh Maine lobster and crab, with high-quality French, Thai, and US oysters, as well as a sublime tuna ceviche. Trader Vic’s signature prime rib, cooked in a gigantic, wood-fired Chinese oven, is beyond good. Outside, though, is where the real culinary action happens. A teppanyaki grill sears Australian beef, lamb chops sizzle on the barbecue, and naan bread is baked on the side of a traditional tandoor — a true smorgasbord of cuisines.
Throughout the brunch appear artistically presented carafes of Mai Tais that have been cold-infused for twenty-four hours. Added from tableside ice buckets, dry ice gives an artisanal touch to cool the creative concoctions. A peppermint infusion is served first; a sweet wild berry brew and a delicate earl grey-style pair with dessert. Funky variations of the tropical drink are also available, including creamy Blue Hawaiian, zesty Mojito, and the wonderful salty, sweet, and sour punch of Margarita.
The cocktail lesson with the charismatic Ramirez is a fun extra. Still, after being drip-fed Mai Tais for several hours, the energy to shake a cocktail, let alone drink another one, is definitely on the wane. A heady barrel-aged Mai Tai threatens a cocktail-induced afternoon crash.
If Mai Tais alone sound overwhelming, consider the brunch option with champagne and free flow wine and beer as well as the tropical cocktails. It offers more variety, but includes an extra B2000 price tag.
The brunch is a novel interactive experience amidst the glut of options in Bangkok. Be careful, though: what begins as an exhilarating tropical journey can leave you feeling as if you’ve spent too much time in the sun. Stay hydrated.
Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa
257/1-3 Charoennakorn Rd | 0 2476 0022 | bangkok-riverside.anantara.com
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