A Sunday institution destined to become a Saturday favourite
The Sunday buffet brunch at Up and Above Restaurant at the Okura Prestige has been popular with foodies since the hotel opened. And now the brunch concept has expanded to include a Saturday version that takes place from 12 noon to 4pm. It is a capital way to spend a leisurely afternoon with family and friends.
To start with there are the surroundings. Located adjacent to the lobby on the hotel’s 24th floor, the chic and modern restaurant is clad in marble and possesses massive picture windows overlooking Bangkok. The serving area is purpose built, meaning it was designed to serve as a buffet, and uses a variety of heating and cooling techniques to keep food fresh and at the right temperature. There is also an open kitchen where patrons can order food a la minute, and a small terrace area for those who enjoy dining in the great outdoors.
Of the many highlights is the massive selection of fresh seafood on ice. The selection of local oysters (shucked as you watch), crab, prawns, mussels, clams and much more is pristine and impressive. Equally popular are giant river prawn dishes that are cooked to order and delivered to your table.
As one would expect at a Japanese hotel, there is also a great selection of sashimi and sushi. In fact, Asian options are very much to the fore and include succulent Chinese-style roast pig and roast duck, a good selection of dim sum, chicken and pork sate charcoal broiled as you watch, and an enormous selection of Thai dishes ranging from appetizers to salads and main courses. Those with a sweet tooth will simply love the range of Western-style desserts and pastries on offer. The chocolate fountain, where favourite fruits and other goodies can be coated in sweet splendour, is particularly popular with youngsters. There is also a selection of Thai sweets including mango and sticky rice and kanom sai sai, sticky rice flour mixed with coconut and steamed in a banana leaf.
The Saturday brunch at Up and Above costs B1950++ with free-flow of soft drinks and mocktails, or B2650++ with free-flow cocktails, beers and wines. The price for children aged 7-12 is B975++. There is, of course, parking at Okura Prestige, but many patrons prefer to arrive by Skytrain and then use the elevated walkway from Ploenchit Station to access the hotel.
The Okura Prestige
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