Sunday buffet brunch that goes above and beyond
A Sunday brunch should be on everyone’s weekend to-do list. The perfect antidote to late Saturday night, and a lazy segue into the working week, there’s no better way to stave off the Monday blues. Thankfully, there are plenty of top brunch spots throughout the city to choose from, offering gourmet buffets and bubbles to sip and sup through early afternoon.
When the occasion calls for something more refined, there’s Up & Above. This 24th floor restaurant in the five star Okura Prestige Bangkok hotel boasts a brunch to rival all others—delivering a buffet of luxurious proportions.
First, there’s the hospitality of the waiting staff, who warmly welcome me into the modern, spacious venue, built with floor to ceiling windows for up-close views of the city. I’m then taken through the various packages on offer. There’s the Classic Sunday Brunch (B2,600 per adult, B1,050 per child), which includes an international buffet including homemade pastas, Asian favourites, and a selection of cheese and breads, as well as a variety of soft drinks and mocktails. Upgrade your brunch, and you can wash down your meal with free-flow Follador Prosecco D.O.C Treviso, as well as a choice of cocktails, beers and wine (B3,300). Finally, there’s the top package, which includes all of the above, as well as Lombard Brut Reference Champagne (B3,900).
Onto the food. The buffet area occupies a large corner, providing plenty of space to navigate each station. Though the venue was busy during my visit, there was no jostling for plates or the last spring roll. Instead, the ambience of the place was relatively serene, helped in part by the live string band playing a chorus of classics from the corner.
I started with the sushi and sashimi, a live station where I watched a chef prepare fresh plates, before moving on to the Thai selection. Here, I fell for the red curry with roasted duck, barely resisting the urge to go back for seconds.
Soups and stews were next, where I found a delicious beef Burgundy—which I highly recommend—as well as a smooth lobster soup. If you prefer your seafood in solid form, there’s plenty to choose from here too, including French oysters and Maine lobster. Meatier options include a succulent Porchetta and Beef Wellington, served up with all the trappings of traditional Sunday roast.
With little room left for dessert, I bypassed the cakes, pastries, fruit, and matcha chocolate fountain, in favour of the ice cream station, where a selection of homemade gelato and wafers were available. I’m told by the hostess that the restaurant makes most of their food in house, with high quality ingredients sourced locally where possible. It clearly makes all the difference, as the brunch buffet at Up & Above really does go above and beyond.
By Annaliese Watkins
Up & Above
24F, Okura Prestige Bangkok, 57 Witthayu Rd.
Tel: 02 687 9000 | Open daily: noon-10:30pm, Sunday Brunch: noon-3pm