ISO Buffet at Swissotel Nai Lert Park Bangkok
Sunday brunch Chit Lom
Sunday Brunch at Swissotel Nai Lert Park ticks all the boxes when it comes to a great feast in comfortable surroundings. There’s everything you could want here, from sushi to dim sum representing Asia and roasts and pastas showing off the best of Europe. Not to mention the heavily-laden dessert trolley! But often, brunch in Bangkok can cost thousands of baht. Thankfully, ISO restaurant at Swissotel Nailert Park Hotel on Wireless Road provides slap-up brunches that start at only 1199 baht++ per person, including soft drinks and juices. It runs from 12:00 until 15:00 giving you plenty of time to eat, rest and then eat some more. Getting there is easy: it’s only a short walk down Wireless Road past the British and Swiss Embassies from the BTS sky train at Ploen Chit.
A bit like a passion fruit, the hotel doesn’t look like much from the outside. But inside it is decorated in a warm contemporary style with space a luxury that more modern hotels just can’t afford. ISO restaurant is located on the ground floor of the hotel, looking out onto the lush green gardens and pond. The extremely high ceiling and large windows let in plenty of light, and there’s seating to suit everyone on Sundays, either on the outside terrace overlooking the water, in the colourful Chinese restaurant or in the main dining room (offering the closest access to the food). As well as the food, brunch can also be served with all you can drink beer and wine (1599++ baht) or light bubbly prosecco (฿2199++ baht) for a sparkle of celebration.
There’s plenty of food, so there’s no way of going hungry here. With two large tables for desserts and sides and plenty of live cooking station it can be hard to know where to start. Do a few laps before selecting to ensure you will get a taste of everything you want. I started with some freshly cut salmon and tuna sashimi served with a dollop of wasabi and thinly sliced pickles, whilst my companion picked a generous plate of Chinese duck pancakes from the cooking station. Salads and seafood came next, with oysters, prawns, mussels and crab legs all making an appearance. Service is attentive and as soon as we’d finished one plate it was whisked away and replaced with a new one. They also topped our drinks and water up frequently.
When it came to mains there was a good selection of Thai foods, a must for any visitor. These include tom yum made to order, pad Thai, curries and spicy pork salad. On the international side it was equally extravagant with delicious duck breast cooked in a rich orange sauce, some of the tenderest beef we’ve tasted and a large side of baked salmon in a garlic sauce. For dishes cooked to your requirements head outside, where an à la minute grill is set up with pork chops, fish and other tasty barbequed goods. There are plenty of sides to go with this, from potatoes and vegetables to couscous. If you need a break before tackling the dessert section, wander round the grounds and marvel, it’s rare to find such a nice green space in the centre of Bangkok.
Everyone knows to leave room for dessert, especially at buffets. There’s plenty of fresh tropical fruit on offer, but for those with a sweet tooth, the desserts are served bite-size so you can attempt to taste all of them. Highlights include the buttery lemon meringue tarts and the pistachio and raspberry cake with peanut (a recommendation from the manager, great tip!). There’s also ice-cream with toppings, marshmallows and dried fruit that you can dunk in molten chocolate and at least half a dozen kinds of cakes, including the delicately layered opera cake.
Brunch is a weekend staple in Bangkok, and it’s definitely something to add to your list if you are visiting the city. Swissotel Nai Lert Park’s three hour extravaganza delivers enough food to feed an army, so wear something stretchy and make the most of it.
ISO Buffet at Swissotel Nai Lert Park
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00
- BTS: Ploen Chit
- Address: Swissôtel Nai Lert Park, 2 Wireless Road, 10330, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 2 253 0123
- Price Range: Soft drinks and juices: 1199++ baht, Beer and wine: 1599++ baht, Prosecco: 2199++ baht