Be Surprised At Pesca
Bangkok foodies are renowned for their love of relaxing at the weekend with a leisurely brunch. Whether Saturday or Sunday, the City of Angels serves up a cornucopia of brunch deals with the city’s leading five-star hotels offering some of the biggest brunches outside of the USA. But, big is not always best and sometimes an independent restaurant can give just as good a deal.
We found that you can still get fabulous weekend brunch deals with a Sunday outing to Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro in Ekkamai Soi 12, where a smorgasbord of the finest market products from around the world are served up fresh and wholesome. From French oysters to Argentinean prawns and a mightily impressive dish of Paella, the chefs at Pesca have refined the Sunday Brunch to an art.
The bright and airy restaurant is artfully decorated with neat little works, signs and mirrors that are adorned with various motifs. The main restaurant, with seating for up to 80 people, leads into the covered terrace where there is more seating as well as a very cool bar. The central glass enclosed wine cellar offers a wide range of red, white and rose wines as well as champagne for those special occasions.
In the terraced area, a colourful fresh salad bar grabs your eyes and entices you to enjoy some of the tasty veggies on offer. Here you’ll also find the burger sliders and Lola’s pizza, if they are available. Parents with young kids can relax as Pesca has free dedicated nannies for kids plus a cinema and entertainment room where older children can play.
While Pesca certainly does not boast the largest menu for its weekend brunch, what it lacks in quantity it sure makes up for in quality. The enormous Paella dish, an obvious attraction at Pesca, creates the most delicious flavours and makes for homemade Paella only a skilled chef can achieve. On the meat section, there was a choice of Pulled Pork, Farmer Chicken and Beef Tenderloin with traditional and non-traditional trimmings such as mashed potatoes, grilled tomatoes and asparagus plus a tasty selection of gravy and sauces.
The Farmer Chicken tasted absolutely fantastic with a freshness that is becoming harder to find these days. The texture of the meat was firm and clear unlike some other chicken you might find at the supermarket. While I’m not a big red meat eater, I did enjoy a slice of tenderloin with a splash of pepper sauce and a little Dijon mustard, likewise the Pulled Pork was enjoyable and superbly flavoured.
For me, one of the joys of European food is the vast array of breads, cheeses and cold cut meats and Pesca excels in this department. Half a dozen different types of freshly baked breads are simply made for toppings such as Paris ham, garlic sausage, chorizo and a variety of cheese. It was a joy to see so many Thai people loading their plates with breads.
We were fortunate that on the day we dined at Pesca the desserts were all handcrafted by one of Bangkok’s finest authentic French pastry outlets, Paris Mikki. The eye-watering selection of desserts are created by chef Carol Boosaba and her team and include delicious patisseries and croissants. The seven desserts we chose were of the highest quality and a delight to sample.
The Pesca Sunday Brunch has two options for diners. The blue package, priced at Bt1,490, offers an all-you-can-eat, one of a kind experience, while the red package, priced at Bt2,900, includes the sumptuous buffet plus free flow drinks such as wines, beers, champagne and punch.
Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro is open Monday Friday from 6pm – midnight, Saturday from 11am – 3pm and 5pm – midnight and Sunday from 11am – 4pm for brunch and 6pm – midnight for dinner. For more information and reservations, contact +66 (0) 63-267-7778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a free valet parking service for those who drive.