Restaurants

Red Oven Drunch Review

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Growing up in a family of eleven kids, Mother’s Day was an annual cause for celebration in our busy home. On this day, mom got to put aside her endless responsibilities.  I fondly remember as a child, dressing up in our “Sunday best” and all going to brunch at a fancy hotel after church every Mother’s Day.  We’d linger for hours frequenting the bountiful delights of the dessert spread that are now exaggerated, Im sure, in my childhood memories! With Mother’s Day just around the corner, (this weekend friends!!) we’ve done the scouting for you and are excited to share three of our top recommendations for Mother’s Day Brunch to treat that special someone in your life to a family feast that will honor her with the memories of her little ones gathered around a beautiful brunch that she didnt have to prepare!!

Red Oven So Sofitel “Drunch”
International Buffet
Suggested Business Casual Attire
$$$$$

This no-expense-spared high end buffet is at the top of our family favorites, offering one of Bangkok’s most lavish and extensive weekend brunches.  In addition to Sunday brunch, their Saturday “Drunch” combines the concept of drinks and brunch (“drunk-n-brunch”), with signature cocktails as part of their buffet spread.  Weekend afternoons from noon-3:00, the restaurant, built around an industrial size Red Molteni Oven, displays a vast assortment of appetizers, entrees and desserts all inspired by the concept of 9 distinct street food stations.
There is something for everybody from the most sophisticated foodie to the fickle five year old in your family.  With the expansive selection at every station, you will be wanting for nothing as you return time-after-time to feast your eyes and tastebuds on beautifully displayed decadent cuisine.

Start with a fresh caesar salad and mix in your own proportions of shaved parmesan, bacon crumbles and anchovies.  A side plate of rich camemberts and brie’s will go nicely with the warm fresh-out-of-the-oven rolls served hot to your table.  The cold cuts and hummus make for a great starter course and the free-flow wine pairs nicely with your fresh made-to-order sushi from the Japanese corner.  Seafood lovers will be in paradise selecting from the bar laden with Alaskan king crab, giant prawns and Belon French oysters.  Traditional brunch fare such as waffles, crepes and pancakes are available with all the favorite sweet temptations for drizzling and topping.  Made-to-order dishes such as burgers and pastas are available in addition to a wide selection of Thai and Western favorites on the buffet such as pizzas, stir-fry rice dishes, noodles, quiche, vegetables and a carving station with succulent beef and tender lamb shank.

Little ones will delight in the cold stone creamery which allows you to select from homemade cold concoctions at the ice cream counter and mix in favorites from the topping jars.  The dessert case exhibits miniature cakes, pastries and tarts all sized proportionally so you can guiltlessly sample more than one!  And then there is the chocolate fondue with fruits, marshmallows and cookies for dipping – sure to be a winning feature with the kids around your table!
The free-flow wine selection of red, white, rose and sparkling truly makes this Mom’s first choice for celebrating her special day!

The Red Oven restaurant sits perched on the 7th floor of the So Sofitel hotel with a breathtaking panoramic view of the vast green of Lumphini park and guarantees an unforgettable and unmatched brunch honoring Mom with a special family experience!

PRICES

Brunch is 1,950 ++ per person, including juices and hot teas.
Upgrade to 2,350 ++ for soft drinks and free flow wine.
Children ages 5-12 years are half price, and kids under five dine for free.

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Freebird Brunch Review

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Growing up in a family of eleven kids, Mother’s Day was an annual cause for celebration in our busy home. On this day, mom got to put aside her endless responsibilities.  I fondly remember as a child, dressing up in our “Sunday best” and all going to brunch at a fancy hotel after church every Mother’s Day.  We’d linger for hours frequenting the bountiful delights of the dessert spread that are now exaggerated, Im sure, in my childhood memories! With Mother’s Day just around the corner, (this weekend friends!!) we’ve done the scouting for you and are excited to share three of our top recommendations for Mother’s Day Brunch to treat that special someone in your life to a family feast that will honor her with the memories of her little ones gathered around a beautiful brunch that she didnt have to prepare!!

Freebird
Modern Australian Cuisine
Suggested Business Casual Attire
$$$

Nestled just off the beaten path of Sukhumvit, down the quiet, shaded soi 47, is Australian inspired restaurant Freebird, which will thrill nature enthusiasts and culinary experts alike!

We recommend this one specifically for Mothers Day as it allows mom to linger sipping her champagne, and when the little ones tire of sitting, they can escape to the garden.  It may not be the Outback, but the backyard – a lush grassy fenced-in enclosure inhabited by bunnies hiding amongst the shrubbery, hutches housing parakeets and a wide variety of plants and trees – provides guests an alfresco dining experience like none other in this thriving metropolis of Bangkok.
Indoor decor is modern industrial interior with low lighting and comfy leather armchairs.  Wide panel windows to the garden filter in natural light by day and dim lighting by night invites a quainter atmosphere.  Sophistication meets casual dining with tables set with water and wine glasses, linen napkins, rustic strands of bulb mood-lighting and an open bar and marble work stations allowing guests to peer into the polished kitchen from which their meal is being prepared.  Classy, but unpretentious, brunch here offers an elegant menu, modern motif, and room to roam for the little ones!

Upscale service by way of napkins placed in your lap and tables cleared and wiped between courses sets this restaurant apart as unhurried, efficient and intentional.  The staff is knowledgeable and intuitive, exceptional qualities especially when you have children in tow needing directions to the restroom and doors opened to the garden and an extra spoon when you’ve dropped one!
Unlike other dining experiences in Bangkok where a la carte dishes are served randomly as they are ready (and guests are met with the awkward decision of eating while their dish is hot or waiting until the other members of their party are served), Freebird beautifully synchronizes delivery of courses with finesse and flare.  A ‘shared menu’ concept means the portions are generous and guests are encouraged to dine, sampling a number of dishes placed in the center of the table from which you can help yourself.  Ideal for extended family gatherings, corporate events and birthdays or baby-showers.

Starters that we loved and highly recommend are the saffron barley risotto with pumpkin seeds, sprinkled with a sharp aged cheddar and the mushroom medley served over hens egg and garnished with toasted muli-grain and Australian brie.  Pair with a fresh rocket salad and you’ll be ready for the main event – dishes such as the Citrus Brined Chicken, Pork Belly and Beef Short Ribs which are cooked to perfection by head chef “Top” (yes….as in “Top Chef”!!)  But his specialty is not limited to firing up the grill…..he can whip up an impressive pavlova accented by local fresh mangos.  The cheesecake lover will want to try this one too made from camembert instead of cream cheese.  But our family favorites were a close tie between the Passion Fruit Crumble and the Chocoholic – chocolate four ways (you just cant go wrong with that!)
Freebird is introducing a new menu at the end of this month unveiling extensive brunch varieties with more egg dishes, salads and brunch-fare to share and will also be offering a carefully chosen “kids menu” catering to the youngest foodies in your party.  Anything but average, Freebird offers unexpected twists to favorite dishes and serves up a menu rich in fresh local ingredients paired splendidly with exotic flavors!

Crepes & Co. Brunch Review

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Growing up in a family of eleven kids, Mother’s Day was an annual cause for celebration in our busy home. On this day, mom got to put aside her endless responsibilities.  I fondly remember as a child, dressing up in our “Sunday best” and all going to brunch at a fancy hotel after church every Mother’s Day.  We’d linger for hours frequenting the bountiful delights of the dessert spread that are now exaggerated, Im sure, in my childhood memories! With Mother’s Day just around the corner, (this weekend friends!!) we’ve done the scouting for you and are excited to share three of our top recommendations for Mother’s Day Brunch to treat that special someone in your life to a family feast that will honor her with the memories of her little ones gathered around a beautiful brunch that she didnt have to prepare!!

Crepes & Co.
All-Day French Eatery
Suggested Casual Attire
$$

 After several years of success located in a popular complex along Thonglor, Crepes & Co have just moved, remodeled and opened their doors at a new location down Thonglor Soi 9.

Contemporary decor, vaulted ceilings supported by glossy crown moulded pillars and a panorama of floor to ceiling windows makes this spacious locale a popular spot for families or friends to meet up for brunch.  While many restaurants attempt to accommodate children, this one was by far the most “family friendly” offering high chair, coloring pages and plastic utensils and plates for our youngest tagalongs.  The kids menu ensures that even the picky eaters in your party find dishes that bring a smile to their face!

Don’t be deceived by the name.  Crepes & Co. may specializes in these signature French delights but they aren’t limited to the delicacy for which they are named.   Their newly revamped menu boasts healthier options and fresher ingredients while still maintaining their signature favorites for which they are famous.  In addition to egg dishes, unique bruschettas and fresh salads, smoothie bowls are yet another option for those wanting a lighter fare.  And perhaps the greatest thing about their menu is the photo book which allows you to visually feast on all the tempting options before making your selection.  Presentation also takes the cake at this restaurant with flourishes and creativity that capture the eye as well as the palate.  Our salad, was plated up in a mason jar with a special house-made sriracha sauce dressing on the side and a bowl for tossing which made for an especially fun, interactive dish!
The Brunch Set (available anytime of day for 565baht) is a popular favorite which allows you to tick of a checklist of choices; tea, cappuccino or hot chocolate for drinks, yogurt & cereal sides, hot sides like ham, sausage, mushrooms & tomatoes and then eggs however you choose.  You can fill in the gaps with fruit salad, english muffin, croissants, and of course finish with a pancake or crepe!
 Ordering a la carte has no shortage of tempting and tantalizing options.  Dining with friends makes this especially fun as portions are generous for sharing and tasting a variety of egg dishes, salads, meats, seafood and of course crepes; of the sweet and savory nature!  The Greek (stuffed with marinated chicken, feta, spinach and some heavenly sauce drizzled on top) was polished off in seconds by our crew!

 Relaxed atmosphere, personable staff, and hearty, healthy favorites are just a few of the things that make Crepes & Co. great!  Book a table for your crew for Mother’s Day or walk in at your leisure.  This is a spot to bookmark on Grab-Taxi because you for sure will want to return again and again for tasteful, creative and fun dining at this all-day French eatery!