Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sunday Brunch @ Peninsula Bangkok

Browsing through the Internet to pick our Sunday Brunch we stumbled upon Peninsula’s Famous Gosset Champagne Brunch that is only offered from December till February.

Peninsula Hotel

We made our reservation a week ahead and were lucky enough to get a seat at the patio overlooking the Chao Phraya River. The atmosphere was what I loved, classy but yet laid back. Shorts are allowed as long as you looked prep. The wait staff was super attentive as well with our drinks being refilled and plates taken without us asking.

Chao Phraya River

Despite all these extras it was the food that initially made me come here for brunch and it didn’t disappoint. The variety maybe limited compared to the bigger buffets like Marriott and Sheraton Grande but the quality of the ingredients and food more than make up for it.

For a price of THB2500++ (with champagne) the main feature of this brunch is their live grill station featuring Boston Lobsters, Hokkaido Scallops, Wagyu Flank Steak, Cod Fish, lamb chops and more. Everything I ordered was surprisingly cooked perfectly which is a far cry from Four Seasons.

Live Grill Station
Grill Platter
Boston Lobsters
Lobster, Wagyu Flank and Salmon Skewer

The grill station also served a host of Western Cooked Dishes that included a Prime Rib Roast, Torte Flambe, Potato Gratin, Ratatouille and etc. My favorite was the Salmon Crepe, Foies Gras and Lobster Bisque.

Salmon Crepe
Foie Gras
Lobster Bisque

The other live station serves up Thai/Chinese Food, which were so-so. It wasn’t bad but neither was it very good. You are much better off eating the local restaurants in Bangkok.

Fried Rice
Stir-Fry Seafood
Dim Sum

Indoors, the restaurant houses a wide variety of hot and cold appetizers and desserts. Steak Tartar, Caviar, Fines De Claire Oysters from France are some of the items you should eat to get your money’s worth.

Smoked Salmon
Steak Tartare
French Oysters

The only disappointment we had were the desserts. They looked very appetizing and even had their pastry chef roaming around to make sure everything is up to standard. Nothing we had was outstanding, from the cakes to the popcorn. The best desserts for a buffet I’ve had still goes to Rain Tree Café at Plaza Athenee.

Luk Chub
Sticky Rice with Mango
Fruit Torte
Pear Torte
My Dessert Plate

Overall I really enjoyed my Sunday Brunch. The variety maybe lacking but so far the quality of the food was definitely the best I have had in any Sunday Brunch. Together with an excellent service and a great ambiance I would highly recommend the brunch here.

Food: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Price: $$$$ (Approximately USD $80 per person)

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