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!!
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!