A newcomer among Bangkok’s hotel buffets, Radisson Blu Plaza’s Twenty-Seven Bites is hoping to strike big with its ambitious array of international fare, with lunch (B790) and dinner (B1190) catered by attentive staff amid warm, stylish interiors. Dinner comes with free-flow local beer and good house wine, while the widely spaced tables make it equally ideal for business meetings, romance and some quality lingering.
First up, the salad station showcases Western combinations with an Asian twist. Kick-start your appetite with a refreshing blend of smoked salmon tossed with frisée, watercress, pomelo and lime. Citrusy tang and delicate textures complement rather than overwhelm dices of fresh salmon, while the bursts of pomelo add an extra oomph.
Expect an all-encompassing menu. Asian favourites range from Japanese sushi, Chinese noodles and dim sum to Indian curries, with each cuisine occupying its own station. Seafood lovers can enjoy a good selection of fresh prawns, crabs and other shellfish. Staple Thai dishes are presented in clay pots and include basics like red curry and fried sea bass.
The buffet’s strength, however, lies in its meat station, which boasts a choice of cooked-to-order beef, pork and lamb. A highlight is the freshly carved, medium-cooked prime rib roast. Crusty on the outside, tender and flavourful on the inside, and served au jus. Nearby are the lighter but equally satisfying options like the tender fish fillet with garlic sauce. Alternatively, the turkey medallions come on a bed of mashed potatoes and are sprinkled with cranberries, roasted garlic and baby shallots.
Rounding off the evening are the generous dessert offerings, from Western classics like apple crumbles and raspberry financiers to ice creams with your choice of toppings. Our favourites were the mild but pleasantly addictive blueberry jelly and the much more intense lemon mousse.
Twenty-Seven Bites is a pleasant experience at a fairly good value for money, and with its convenient location is a good place to duck in for an hour or three.
489 Sukhumvit | 02-302-3333
radissonblu.com/plazahotel-bangkok | 6.30am-10.30pm