Spectacular Sunday spread at The Kitchen Table
I have to admit, I am extremely weary of brunches at hotels. Not only are most of them generic in their offerings, but often the mood is stiff and the general ambience deprives us of the joy that brunching should bring. But a Saturday afternoon at the W Bangkok hotel makes me seriously question this sentiment.
Adding to its iconic quotient of design and style, W gives us a sensory feast with innovative cocktail and culinary offerings, as well as a dose of fashion and music. The ‘W Does Brunch’ concept is fast becoming a quintessential feature at many of W’s properties worldwide, and now locals can join in on the fun every first and third Saturday of the month at the hotel’s The Kitchen Table restaurant.
Right from our arrival, we notice how every detail and element within the restaurant sets the tone for an extraordinary experience. Visually, the sun-lit space, with both indoor and al fresco seating, a warm and inviting ambience thanks in part to rich gold murals and eclectic artwork. Lending the whole place a cool and energetic vibe is a lady DJ spinning lounge music.
My friends and I kicked off our ‘Experience Package’ (Just For Food at B2500++/person and The Experience at B3100++/person including cocktails, wines, and beers) with sparkling wine and a selection of Fine de Claire oysters, Alaskan king crabs, black mussels, and Manila clams.
The W brand takes its cocktail culture very seriously, and it’s no wonder the lay of the land includes a wing dedicated to cocktails, with premium brand stations such as the one from Tanqueray gin where guests can try their Gin Iconic, with a splash of lemon or fresh berries. Other from-the-bar highlights include the hotel’s signature Woojito (a spin on mojito), Bloody Mary, Pimm’s, sangrias, and mimosas.
It is here that we meet Thai artist Chanaradee Chatrakul Na Ayudhya (pictured), whose Spain-inspired illustrations and colourful portraits—part of her Juli Baker & Summer collection—serve as inspiration for the brunch this trimester. Lucky for us, not only do we get to interact with the friendly artist, but also get a personalized sketch (only the first 10 brunchers to arrive get this).
We continue our gastronomic journey at the cheese and cold-cut, and sushi stations. A brunch is never complete without a few Bloody Marys, which we enjoyed with a variety of salads—favourite being the Truffle and Mushroom—and the Confit Duck Leg with Yellow Mango. Another refill of the sparkling and we dove right into the hot food station, which included ravioli, foie gras, and the very memorable smoked brisket BBQ and prime ribs.
Some four hours later, and almost nearing the end of the brunch hours, we had moved on to mimosas and copious helpings of desserts that were both creative and delectable, while also sending us into a satisfying food coma for the day.
By Reena Karim
2F, W Bangkok | 106 North Sathorn Rd.
Tel: 02 344 4000
Brunch from 12:30pm-4:30pm