I was back to my favorite city Bangkok last week and again, I found another treasure, The St. Regis hotel Sunday brunch.
Asia has always been a place for extravagant hotel Sunday brunches. They are full of flavors from all over the world; imported cheese from France, seafood from the globe, New Zealand lamb and so on.
Asia does it well, but I think Bangkok does it best. I have experienced many. Previously the best was the Sukhothai hotel. Their cheese room was beyond sinful. They however did not do a free flow of wine or champagne and it was around $110 USD a head.
This time I let myself go. I indulged. I booked the St Regis hotel Sunday brunch. It’s got great value at around $120 USD with a free flow of Verve Clicquot, yes you heard right, free flow! Given the expense of imported French wines and champagnes this was a deal beyond all belief and they were not shy at topping up the champagne anytime you wanted it.
So, it starts off in the salad room. My all-time favorite beef tartar was made up for your taste, as was tuna tartar and salmon tartar. I could just have had that. But there was way more in store for me.
There was an oyster bar, with imported oysters from Australia, France and Japan. They were not shucked but you picked them out and then they were prepared and bought to your table. I like it this way.
Then there was a cold seafood selection like shrimp and caviar blinis.
Next up was the best.
Rather than the traditional roast sitting out like most Sunday brunch buffets, all the mains were ala carte, as much as you wanted, when you wanted. It gave great class to the meal and you did not feel like you were eating plates of food. Rather it was like sampling great courses, one after another.
There was New Zealand lamb on a pea mash, seared foie gras, grilled lobster, turkey, beef, chicken and a dozen more items that were cooked to perfection without the normal sitting out for hours on end. There was even a Brilliant cocktail menu like espresso martini.Then the traditional cheese and desserts.
This has to be the best brunch I have ever had. Service was impeccable, polished and nothing was too much. Seriously I want to plan a trip back to Bangkok to experience it all again.
Too much champagne but never too much good food.
Thank you, Chef Richard Sawyer.
Well done St Regis, Bangkok.
Daniel Green, the Model Cook is a Celebrity Chef known for his healthy approach to food and living well. With TV, books, magazines and live appearances, Daniel spends his time helping fans to cook better, feel better and live better. He’s also an avid traveler and a self-confessed Foodie.