Panaroma restaurant, located on level 23 of the Crowne Plaza hotel, offers more than tasty international dishes, but a stunning panoramic view of Bangkok as well. This year, it was voted as one of Thailand's best restaurants by elite magazine Thailand Tatler. Diners have the options between intercontinental buffet or a la carte, we went for the buffet lunch today.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
How am I not obese by now??
With all the buffet I've been eating this whole month. Here's another one. After years of pleading and begging, I finally had to "honour" to dine at Espresso. Located at 5-star luxury hotel, the Intercontinental, Espresso offers a variety of international cuisines with focus on seafood and modern fusion fare. There are also vast variety of European, Japanese and Chinese fare elegantly presented. There was a pasta station and I think the chef was actually Italian! This is just based on his appearance and my assumption, of course. Like, how much more authentic does that get??
It's definitely one of the best hotel buffet in Bangkok with superior ingredients, large and appealing selections, and very tasty all around. A word of advice, if you see something you like, only grab 1 piece only and take a few bites. Maybe explore all your options first before you get suckered into getting a large plate of something. You will regret getting full too soon then discovering something better!
Here's a recap of what went down.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
This week is going to be a heavy one on my stomach as we are packing 2 days of lunch buffet. The first one was at Plaza Athenee Bangkok, and the next one this Saturday will be at Intercontinental hotel. It's a bonus that both of these places are 5-star luxury hotels renowned for their elegant, yet satisfying buffet :D
I was very impressed with the buffet at the Rain Tree Cafe. While the selections may not be as extensive as other hotel buffet, but the details and execution are definitely superior. In comparison to Dusit Thani, Landmark hotel, even Centara Grand, I find that the quality is much higher and the food is tastier than most. Here's the photo recap of the buffet.
Cheese and charcuterie
|Assortment of fine cheeses|
|Freshly sliced prociutto|
Friday, February 17, 2012
Following my pleasant truffle making class with swiss chef, Laurent Ganguillet at the prestigious 5-star hotel, Sukhothai Bangkok, we were directed for an afternoon of leisure and afternoon tea. Only available Fridays and weekends, this is no ordinary afternoon tea, but an extensive buffet with 2 separate halls, one for savoury one for desserts.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Every night Centara Grand opens up not one, but two restaurants for one epic buffet. Together, Ginger and the World offer a real trip for diners to get the finest fares from around the word. Located across each other, the restaurants are a fair distance to get to and each being extremely spacious. Ginger offers mainly Japanese and Chinese cuisines. At the other side, the World offers Thai, Indian, and intercontinental cuisines, a salad and raw bar, as well as a large selection of fine desserts. There is a different feature to the buffet almost every night. Thursday night is wagyu beef night. Meat lovers, you can't miss this deal.
|The first of many to come|
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Ever since my college years ended, I was totally out of the AYCE japanese restaurants phase. It's not just a fact that I could pack a lot more in back then than I do now, but also the fact that I found a new appreciation in quality over quantity. Once in a while though, when the mood is right, I would still go on a sushi binging trip and devour everything in sight. I have already conquered E-Bei and Shabusen many moons ago, and wanted to try somewhere new. So, I visited the 2 popular AYCE places in Richmond; Ninkazu and the longstanding Richmond Sushi. Of course, I went to the 2 restaurants weeks apart. Doing AYCE twice in one week is a bit much for me to handle.
Deluxe all you can eat dinner for $22.95
Service was...meh, to say the least. Not friendly, not anything, just seemed very robotic. The menu seemed to me to be more attractive and "decked out" than most AYCE places.
So here's what we ordered:
Sushi, sashimi, rolls, and cones.
I actually enjoyed their maki rolls, a lot. The soft-shell crab and their dynamite roll were not overloaded with rice, but made fresh and very crispy inside. The cones, on the other hand, were heavily filled with rice with a teeny bit of filling.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
I love hot pot in the fall/winter time.
Cooking raw meat, dumplings and vegetables in a hearty broth one at a time warms you right to the soul. And it feels pretty healthy, up until you dunk the freshly cooked meat into a sauce and fully coat it with oil. Hot pot is a meal which brings people together, whether it be family or friends as it is often a fairly large meal which may take quite some time to finish. As conversations take place while you wait for the food to cook, you may find yourself ordering more food after discovering the food you were waiting on have already disappeared before you get to it. But I guess it's also about the joy of sharing food. In the end, you can always count on leaving overstuffed and happy every time.
Located in Landsdowne Mall in Richmond, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, a large hot pot enterprise from Batou has become one of the busiest hot pot places in Richmond. With a large dining space, a sufficient number of staff and quick service, as well as fair amount of quality control of ingredients have made first time comers into returning customers. Our party arrived around 7 pm on a Thursday and had AYCE dinner which, at the end, came up to almost $30 per person.
What makes a hot pot place stand out from the rest?
I feel it's a combination of factors; freshness of ingredients, price, cleanliness does matter (I know some hole in the wall places that are amazing but I wonder about how clean it is sometimes). Most importantly, it's probably the broth that makes each hotpot place unique. We chose half of Little Sheep's famous original herbal soup and half of the spicy version. Both broths were flavourful and filled with unique herbs you normally don't find at any other hot pot restaurants. The spicy broth had more distinct cardamom spice flavour, which was aromatic, but became a bit overwhelming towards the end of the meal.
Needless to say, hot pot is not spectacular without its side kick, sauce! There is a condiment station where you can get as creative as you like in making your own sauce.
While having a long hot meal session such as this, I needed a cool refreshment to keep me going. Arrived the $2 refillable plum drink. It was a little bit tart and sweet, a very nice and refreshing concoction to go with the heavy duty meal.
Our party had a fairly good experience at Little Sheep. The food was fresh, and the broth was unique and delicious. The house made dumplings and various seafood balls were tasty as well. We did not have any issues with service. Although they were not the friendliest, they worked quite quickly in clearing the dishes, filling our drinks, and did not give us a time limit to finish our meal.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
|Som Tum (papaya salad) station|
|Seafood cocktail station|
|Japanese station with sashimi, sushi, cold soba, tempura, and other Japanese delectibles|
Thursday, August 4, 2011
|With summer finally arriving here in BC, I must admit I had been slacking a lot with my posts and being out enjoying the sun. Since long weekend festivities are finally out of the way, I hope to get back on track with my regular posting soon. Over a week ago, I had the opportunity to try the Sunday seafood buffet at Oru, an Asian-Western fusion restaurant located at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Just started in June, the buffet offers a blend of flavors from all over Asia. Despite Oru posting their menu online and I already read it prior, I still had hoped there was more variety of seafood fare being offered. I was still excited, nonetheless. Without further ado, here is the recap of the offerings.|
|The first of many to arrive|
|a small mountain and many more to come..|
|Tuna belly and salmon|
Cold seafood station - Now we're talking. Mountains of poached prawns, Alaskan king crab legs and snow crab claws, smoked salmon, sushi, and raw oysters. The snow crab claws and the raw oysters were my favorite. Endless batch of freshly shucked oysters, I felt bad for the poor gentleman at the station shucking these little guys that kept disappearing all night long. Though there was a variety of sushi, the quality was only satisfactory. Of course it won't rival with actual sushi restaurants. They weren't terrible, but the rice was dry and hard and the freshness of sashimi was only so-so.
|Salads as intermission, or palette cleansers|
Hot food station - Aside from the mussels and the butter chicken (surprisingly), I found the rest of their cooked food were thoroughly disappointing. Poached sable fish was bland and mushy, halibut was also flavorless, and the paella was really dry. What a waste. I would recommend sticking to filling up on the cold seafood.
After a few more rounds...
|feeding frenzy is musical chair-like|
I have to say it was only okay. I would recommend stocking up at the raw bar, the mussels and desserts only. Now that I know what it's about, I'm not sure if I would be so keen on returning, or simply find other seafood restaurants that would give you a better bang for your buck.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
While on our way to finding dinner one evening, my parents decided to make a quick stop over at Dusit Thani Bangkok, a 5 star hotel located in the heart of downtown Bangkok. My family has been visiting the hotel frequently ever since my sisters and I were little. Last year, the hotel suffered heavily from the civil unrest and has renovated since. We were off to a bad start that night just by pulling into the parking lot. As my dad signalled his car to park for a spot, the parking lot security let a Mercedes that came out of nowhere after us to steal our spot instead. I think we were all frustrated and wanted to start a riot, or at least say something. But since we didn't think it was worth our time, especially when the parking security seemed to be absolutely clueless and oblivious, we brushed it off and walked down to Dusit Gourmet to pick up some breakfast sandwiches. While I love their delicious seafood and prociutto sandwiches, I remember hating the arrogant, indifferent customer (no) service based on our experiences ever since the previous year I was visiting. Basically, once their gourmet bakery goes on sale at a certain time (whenever they feel like), they start treating customers like second class citizens instead. Alas, I was still standing there, waiting to get those yummy sandwiches for half price and receiving the usual cold attitude service.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
So ever since I have been in Thailand since December, I have my mind set on the legendary Sunday brunch at Intercontinental hotel in Bangkok. After seeing and hearing stories about the epic luxurious brunch with Moet champaign free flow for,*gasp*, $75, I kinda made it a mission for my visit. HOWEVER, 5 months later, still no such brunch due to conflicting schedules. Now that I finally have the time, the red shirt mob or the UDD have managed to prevent my dream from actualizing. The hotel is forced to close from the public indefinitely. Seeing how the civil unrest is going, I don't think the possibility of me going to Intercontinental hotel for a Sunday brunch and enjoying myself will happen anytime soon. Bye bye food.... Bye bye Moet.......