Red Oven Restaurant Bangkok offers one of the most impressive all-day dining set ups in the city, with well prepared dishes appearing from the unique scarlet stove. Food from around the world is served here: from fresh sushi to homemade ice-cream. Although it is set up like a buffet, this restaurant also serves a la carte options for those who aren’t in the mood for multiple course dining.
The selection on offer for dinner from Sunday to Thursday is up there with many of the famous brunches served in Bangkok, and at a much better price (only 1,200 baht ++ per person). The restaurant opens at 6:30 for breakfast and keeps serving fresh hot and cold options throughout the day until 22:30. On Saturdays and Sundays a classic brunch is served from 12:00 until 15:00. This is a great all-you-can-eat option in a refined setting.
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The oven is the centerpiece to the main dining room, which offers expansive views of Lumpini Park, but there are plenty of other options when it comes to seating. Outside is a small terrace with its own bar, and round the corner is a long canteen table in polished wood, just the thing for group meals. Head towards the back of the restaurant, towards the Japanese section, and you’ll find the more sophisticated seating area, with leather covered chairs and funky chandeliers made from cutlery. Last but not least is the Wine Connection section, where diners can sit on high stools and sample great value glasses and bottles from one of the biggest importers in Bangkok. Often buffets can feel a bit cavernous, but by dividing the room into zones Red Oven feels cosy.
The food is what guarantees Red Oven is buzzing, even on a Tuesday evening. The giant oven has a stovetop where fresh pasta dishes and noodles, as well as juicy steak cooked to preference, plump slices of duck à l’orange and lamb chops are served. To accompany this are piles of potatoes, fresh organic salads and vegetables. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialities are given their own section, with fresh hummus, coarse pâté, sun-dried tomatoes and olives.
The Japanese station is popular with sashimi cut and sushi rolled to order. It’s extremely fresh and the chef is generous with his portions: thick cuts of salmon and tuna accompanied by the traditional wasabi and soy sauce blend. Over at the Teppanyaki counter there’s a selection of hot Japanese classics, which are delivered directly to your table once they are griddled.
Dessert is the first thing you spot as you enter Red Oven Restaurant Bangkok, just to make sure you leave enough room. The homemade ice-cream selection includes unusual flavours such as peanut butter and chocolate, but the Thai fruit sorbets are far more refreshing. Fresh patisseries can be ordered from the glass cabinet, and there are individual portions of chocolate mousse, cheesecake and colourful macarons. A definite bonus point for Red Oven is the gluten free cakes and breads on offer. If dessert isn’t your thing then be sure to peruse the cheese counter, which includes French brie, Italian parmesan and Dutch Edam alongside plenty of bread and crackers.
There’s a decent variety of wines served by the glass, and the Sunday brunch (2000 baht ++) comes with free flow beer, wine and soft drinks. Red Oven is a great pick for all you can eat, with a warm atmosphere that many hotel buffets fail to master and good quality produce that guarantees you’ll want thirds.
Red Oven Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 06:30 until 22:30
- MRT: Lumpini
- Address: 7th Floor, Sofitel So Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok, 10500
- Tel: +66 2624 0000