Sunday brunches are to be found all over Bangkok, with many hotels competing for the most extravagant food displays. Still, only a few are known to be a real ‘experience’ or something you wouldn't or couldn't do on regular basis but would want to try at least once.
Until recently, the title of 'The most awesome brunch in Thailand' belonged to the Four Seasons Hotel on Ratchadamri Road, but the very exclusive St Regis is a hot new contender in town. The brunch is set in the VIU (view) restaurant on the 12th floor and as it starts at twelve o’clock, it feels a lot like a lunch to me.
Of course you need to book in advance as the restaurant can only accommodate a limited amount of diners, and you also should skip breakfast (and last night’s dinner) to make sure you will be hungry enough to justify the price. At 2,650 baht for the non-alcohol brunch and 3,500 for the wine-inclusive option, you don't want to be feel full after just a couple of imported oysters... but full, you certainly will be. The restaurant is not large but with its high ceilings, white and wood-panel walls, and red carpets it does feel luxurious.
So you’ve got your seat at one of the oversized tables, but don't rush things yet! Take your time to explore this beautifully designed restaurant with its central open kitchen surrounded by a staggering choice of dishes, mostly imported. The food is beautifully presented in three rooms, the first one being a downright sinful display of sweets, creams and cakes, but you will have to resist your childish urge to start here.
Instead, move to the main area where a large display stands full of imported oysters, New Zealand mussels and king crab legs. Oysters are not unusual in Bangkok, but a king crab buffet is a rare treat and going back three times in a row is perfectly fine. Next to it you'll find a large selection of smoked hams, salamis and prosciuttos hand carved on request. A bit further is a nice display of sushi and sashimi, but the actual fish display is not really impressive, just a few classic salmons and tunas. Instead, try some of the specialties prepared bite size in small and nicely decorated glasses; this is more surprising and creative. But the best bargain of all (if you’re that way inclined) is the pan-seared foie gras prepared the way you like it and brought to your table, with as many servings as you want!
Then move on the main dishes... get a slice of that perfectly prepared roast beef, lamb and venison or choose among the daily specials cooked on request: delicious cod, crab claws or Peking duck also brought to your table, with no unnecessary waiting. If you are a veggie lover, you will be just as spoiled (but real vegetarians might not find the brunch worth the price). We could go on and on, but this review would start to read like a restaurant menu.
Just as you’re ready to move on to the sweets and cakes you’ve had your eyes on since you arrived, you'll discover a hidden room full of incredible cheeses. Not everyone is a cheese lover, but here you can try more cheese types than you’ll normally have in an entire year. Some are soft and gentle to the nose, while others are simply repulsive, just the way they should be! Here, you’ll also find Pecorinos mature cheese, up to three or four years old and so hard to slice you might have to ask for help.
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The St. Regis Bangkok
The 227 rooms at the St Regis Bangkok are sure to impress, effortlessly blending a classic New York style with modern touches and comfort.The high quality fixtures and fittings mean that even the most discerning traveller will enjoy their stay here: silks that echo the pattern of flowers found in Thai temples cover the walls, beds are made up with 300 count Egyptian cotton sheets and the desk has a Louis XIV feel to it.From the floor to ceiling windows you get to enjoy city views, with the palette of cream and forest green that creates the perfect environment to rest in.The en-suite bathroom is decked out in marble, with double sinks and a separate bath and shower. Read More...
Then finally, go back to first room where there’s a sinful display of sweets, creams and cakes arranged so nicely that you just might feel a pinch of guilt for being the first to cut into the beautiful chocolate cakes... twice.
Overall, the St Regis might not yet beat the Four Seasons’ brunch, but it's worth the price as a dinner in this restaurant with these dishes would certainly cost more... if you don't eat like a bird, that is.
St Regis Bangkok
- Opening Hours: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
- Location: St Regis Bangkok on 159 Rajadamri Road
- BTS: Ratchadamri
- Tel: 02 207 7819 or 02 207 7777