Restaurants

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

 

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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