Best of Bangkok

The Great Kebab Factory Review

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

After frequenting The Great Kebab Factory on a number of occasions in India, my husband was thrilled when he discovered the franchise had opened a location in Bangkok.  With great expectations, we visited this week hoping it would live up to its reputation.
We were not disappointed!!

There are few cuisines so bold in flavor as Indian food and we anticipated authenticity that we have grown to love from our many visits to India.  The blessed difference dining here is you are not bombarded by the crowds, noises, smells and blaring traffic horns of India, but are able to enjoy the rich flavors and regional favorites in the comfort of a high-end dining experience.  Located inside the Majestic Grand Hotel just off the BTS on Sukhumvit Soi 2, The Great Kebab Factory welcomes you with authentic decor and live entertainment and a set menu of unlimited servings!

The uniqueness of The Great Kebab Factory hinges on the ever-changing menu.  With a selection of hundreds of dishes and kebabs, the variety changes from night to night, begging the connoisseur to return time and time again to taste the rich variety from which they craft a new serving selection each evening!  While veg options are available, our party opted for the non-veg menu and ate like kings!

You begin your dining experience with Kebabs.  Similar to the concept of a “Brazilian steak house” you are served a variety of portions of meat which are prepared and brought to your table.  The legendary Galouti lamb is a patty of seasoned lamb meat minced and served over roti.  An ornate large copper pot displaying Rampuri Murgh Tikka Chicken coarsely coated with coriander and crushed chilis was my personal favorite and we all ordered second helpings of the Tali Machhi deep fried fish with was melt-in-your-mouth tender!  Generous portions of kebabs are offered and you are encouraged to request more of your favorites.

Eat to your hearts content and then when you can take no more, the “main” course starts….

Waiters plate up Gosht Biryani (lamb and basmati rice), Murgh Pasanda (chicken curry), yellow dal and black lentils, and order after order of piping hot butter and garlic naan are brought to your table.  While I typically am not one for “spicy” food, The Great Kebab Factory perfectly tempered the aromatic spices and our variety of tolerance.  Each member of our party ate their fill (and then some) and found the delicious flavors impossible to resist!

Hot milk tea and light desserts and ice cream are then served with pomp and circumstance presented over dry ice for a visually appealing treat.

The Great Kebab Factory also offers a week day lunch set menu at a reasonable price for business lunches and corporate gatherings.
The dinner menu we enjoyed is a set price of 950++ per person.
Good drink list and live music make this an optimal gathering place for larger parties or dinner out with friends as the dining experience encourages you to linger, enjoy and taste and try new things!
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The Sukhothai Sunday Brunch Review

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nothing says “relaxing Sunday” quite like a slow start and then a lavish brunch at a swanky hotel sipping champagne and listening to live jazz.


With Thai Mothers Day approaching soon, we have an exceptional recommendation to treat the family to an upscale unlimited brunch that will include all her favorites and spare her a day of toil and prep slaving over a hot stove herself!  Whisk her away to enjoy the legendary Sunday Brunch at The Colonnade, The Sukhothai Bangkok!  From 12:00-3:00 every Sunday, the Colonnade restaurant welcomes its guests for an unforgettable culinary experience!  

Luxury from the moment you set foot in the hotel and can hear the strains of stringed instruments and live piano and drums accompanying the talented American jazz diva Coco Rouzier who entertains guests throughout the course of the afternoon with her charming, engaging personality and intoxicating voice.  The glittering ice sculpture, fine china, foreign wine selection and professionalism of staff are the first impressions that lay the foundation for a gloriously opulent brunch!

Tables are laden with refreshing chilled eucalyptus cloths and a lemon wedge water bowl serves as hand-cleansing between courses. Tables are promptly cleared and new dishes and silverware are seamlessly laid out between courses as you frequent the buffet tables.  Spring for the drink package which includes exceptional red, white and sparkling wines that pair beautifully with the food, catering to every palate!

Mix your own baby spinach, bacon, cheese, croutons and homemade caesar dressing in a massive carved out parmesan wheel.  French sausages, Parma ham, foie gras, cured salmon and grilled raclette cheese make this a rival salad bar to any other you’ve ever visited!  Seasonal vegetables and a wide selection of rolls, breads and baguettes make for a great first course!

  You’ll find the most extensive cheese spread you’ve ever seen hiding on the back side of the dessert bar in an adjacent room, but lucky for us, we found it early and feasted on vast varieties of bries, bleu cheeses, goat cheese spreads, camembert, and parmesan wedges as our appetizers.  Pair with a hot soup for a great start.  Selections of lobster bisque (freshly prepared to order) and wild mushroom soup are tasty sensations boasting the freshest and richest of ingredients! Count calories tomorrow….today we eat and enjoy!

The seafood enthusiast will be in heaven with table after table spread with imported and local favorites.  French oysters on the half shell, giant river prawns, grilled scallops, lobster, crab and salmon.  For carnivores preferring other variety, you’ll not be at a loss for choices.  The roasted wagyu prime rib carving station was cleaned out by the last 30 minutes of the buffet due to the popular demand of this mouth-watering specialty.  Pork porchetta, lamb chops and beef ribs are succulent alternatives.

  Popular Thai dish favorites make The Sukhothai Sunday brunch a favorite among the locals as well!  Curries, cashew shrimp and chicken in pandan leaf guarantee your out of town guests get to sample traditional Thai favorites with mind at ease that they’ve been prepared safely, authentically and deliciously!


Id be amis to not mention the made-to-order pasta station with creme, pesto and tomato sauce options and a noodle and pasta selection.  Mix ins like garlic, onion, ham, bacon and mushrooms make this a customized treat to tickle your own personal fancy.  Add a shaving of black truffle and sprinkling of parmesan for an irresistible carb coma!

For anyone who has ever visited The Sukhothai for the legendary Chocolate Buffet or high tea, you’ll be pleased to find some of your familiar favorites alluring you to the dessert spread.  The sticky date pudding served warm with mouth-watering rich sauce is a treat not to be missed.  Desserts as pleasing to the eye as the mouth are decoratively laid out to feast your eyes on.  Macaroons, tarts, mini chocolate eclairs, homemade ice creams, pavlova, creme brûlée, cheesecake and of course more cheese means more than one visit to the dessert buffet.  And the tiramisu a la minute is to die for! Select your liqueur and Chef Laurent will whip up a made-to-order cup of coffee flavored satisfaction to satiate that sweet tooth!

The kids corner just within earshot of parents lingering over a final cup of tea or one more glass of champagne, allow the baby brunchers to run off some steam in a play space equipped with fun activities and staffed by wonderful care takers. Your little tyke can get their face painted and do arts and crafts or watch a movie while they rest of their sugar high if they’ve gotten to pile their plate with cookies and ice cream.

Our highest recommendation for special occasions, visiting guests and culinary enthusiasts!

The Sukhothai Sunday Bruch at the Colonnade
Every Sunday from 12:00-3:00
THB 3,000++ per person
Upgrade to free flow alcoholic beverages for an additional THB 1,500++ person
Reservations strongly recommended
Contact: 02-344-8888

 

Rockin Jump Review

Friday, June 16, 2017
Its the day we’ve all been waiting for!  SCHOOLS OUT!!  And chances are, after about three-and-a-half hours, you’ll be going stir crazy at home and counting down until school starts again.  Not to worry….we’ve got suggestions to keep your littles entertained and your sanity intact!
Things to do with the Kids out of School….Here’s one of our favorites….

Rockin Jump

Options to beat the heat are a major selling point in our book.  Its just too hot to do much outside in Bangkok, and yet you need to burn off that energy somewhere!  Rockin Jump is a the perfect outlet for little ones needing to run wild and mommas needing to sip a diet coke in the blessed air conditioning!

A massive indoor trampoline park makes up this great urban playground for kids.  Perfect entertainment for your little ones “bouncing off the walls” to your teens needing an alternative to the Nintendo!  Purchase a pass and let them jump to their hearts content!  Sections include a dodge ball zone for interactive play with other bouncers, a runway (supervised by staff) for launching yourself into a giant foam pit, a basketball court perfect for dunk competitions and free space for the aspiring gymnast to turn cartwheels!  Guaranteed, you’ll have no arguments at bedtime – little ones will be worn out after a couple hours at Rockin Jump.


Also recommended for group functions.  Leaving this summer? Plan a family friendly going away party or corporate event!  Perfect for birthday parties.
350 baht/hour

Open Monday – Friday 2:00-8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Socks are provided as part of admission

Check out this summer camp option for your little wild ones!!