First of all, I absolutely love Sunday brunch. I’ve been to quite a few, but I’ve never been to a better Sunday brunch than the one I went to at the Rain Tree Cafe at the Plaza Athenee in Bangkok. Is it hedonistic and over-the-top lavish? Why, yes. Yes, it is. So make sure you arrive hungry and with your palate ready for tasting.
There are so many choices that the brunch buffet takes up three rooms. My favorite station was the seafood station which offered sashimi, King crab, prawns, scallops, and more. But, before I could even start, a Maine lobster tail was brought to my table, and my waiting glass was filled with champagne.
What I especially liked about this brunch was that the food didn’t just happen in the buffet line. Food theater was also happening at the table. I was brought a morsel of crab that was smoked at my table. The smoke-filled the glass bowl that surrounded it, and the unveiling left wisps of smoke that trailed up to my nose and my palate. I was also brought a “frozen” strawberry dry margarita that was made right in front of me with nitrous oxide.
Then, there was the station with Belon oysters flown in from France and five types of caviar. The oysters were fresh and briny and oh, so sweet and were kept perfectly chilled in sculptures of ice.
The Plaza Athenee also offered a huge and colorful choice of caviar, which paired perfectly with the champagne being served.
The impressive foie gras station served foie gras three different ways. My favorite was the creamy concoction they served inside the ice cream cones. Absolutely, positively decadent!
Nothing seemed off-limits at this Sunday brunch in Bangkok. They also offered peking duck, a 65 degree poached egg served with carbonara espuma, Wagyu beef tartar served with poached quail eggs, lobster bisque, rack of lamb, Wagyu prime rib, and so much more.
The dessert selection, which I barely had room for was also really lovely. I especially loved the mango and sticky rice selection with three different types of rice.
The ice cream station with unlimited choices of Movenpick ice cream left the little kid in me absolutely delighted. Yes, even with all the food I’d already eaten. It was incredible and a perfect ending to such an incredible brunch.
I also stayed at the Plaza Athenee for three nights, and I found the hotel to be very lovely. I found the service at the hotel to be excellent. My room was comfortable, and the hotel was well-located with easy access to the Skytrain.
I thought the pool was one of the prettiest pool areas I’ve seen in Bangkok with its gorgeous trees, flowers, and garden that surrounded it.
If there is one area the Plaza Athenee could improve on, it would be the time it took to check into the hotel. Compared to other hotels I’ve stayed in, it took a very long time. Overall, though, I would highly recommend staying at Plaza Athenee on your visit to Bangkok.
Plaza Athenee’s Sunday Brunch happens every Sunday from noon until 4pm. The cost is THB 3,599 ($111 USD) for adults and includes a complimentary bottle of Champagne “Veuve Clicquot” for two full paying guests. The cost for children under 12 is THB 1,200 ($37 USD).
Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay and Sunday brunch from the Plaza Athenee, but all opinions are my own.