Daily dinner buffet with an alternating food focus
On the 8th floor of the Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit guests can enjoy a quick dip in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool, but they can also tuck into a sumptuous buffet—either at lunch or dinner—at the hotel’s sleek and modern Zeta Café. And one of the nice things about choosing the dinner buffet (B899++ weekdays/B999++ weekends, with reduced pricing for children) is that the food focus changes day by day, so the offerings never get stale.
The food themes showcase different countries on weekdays— Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and Chinese, respectively from Monday to Thursday—while Fridays and Saturdays are reserved for BBQ specialties, and Sundays are appropriately titled ‘Oyster and Mussels Mania’. Our visit was on a Wednesday evening, which meant a section of the buffet was given over to zesty chili con carne, tomato tortilla soup, piping hot chicken burritos and quesadillas, and a DIY nachos and taco making station featuring shredded chicken, guacamole, grated cheddar cheese, tomato salsa, sour cream and more.
But the buffet offerings are not limited to just what coincides with the evening’s theme. A truly international selection of food items is on offer daily, and at the far end of the buffet line there is a sushi and sashimi station (the octopus was delicious), as well as a live grilling station where the chefs cook to order your choice of beef, chicken, pork, or salmon (complete with an array of condiments and gravies). There’s also lots of Thai food on offer, including spicy salads, curries and noodle soups, as well as fresh shrimp, mussels, and oysters on ice, grilled vegetables, a salad bar, a pasta station, and an array of hard and soft cheeses.
The dessert selection is also quite varied, with fresh fruit, soft serve ice cream (mix and match your own toppings), and a large selection of cakes, tarts, and other sweets. The carrot cake, chocolate truffle balls, and the cheesecake were definite favourites.
Tea, coffee and soft drinks are also part of the set price, but if you want to indulge in some beverages from the bar there is a happy hour from 5pm till 8pm that consists of a buy one get one free deal on cocktails, house wines, and local beers. From the cocktail menu the signature Zeta Cooler (B280) is a soothing blend of vodka, lemon juice, sour mix and chamomile tea, while the yummy Kiwi Mojito (B280), made with Pampero rum, syrup, kiwi, lime, mint, brown sugar, and soda, is decidedly sweeter but equally refreshing. It’s also worth noting that the wine list offers a fairly substantial selection, broken down into new and old world wine categories.
With seating for 132, consisting of 96 indoor and 36 outdoor—beside the swimming pool—the Zeta Café provides a spacious, relaxing environment for dinner as well as lunch (when the price is just B599++/B349++ for children).
By Bruce Scott
8F, Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit | 1, Sukhumvit Soi 22
Tel: 02 683 4888
Open daily: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-10:30pm