Fantastic Fare At Praya Kitchen
The end of month Sunday Brunch at Praya Kitchen, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse can best be described as a gathering of friends and family where diners of all ages are treated to a smorgasbord of the freshest produce from the land and water. The menu is extensive and spans a fisherman’s haul of seafood, the butcher’s choice of Grade-A meats, healthy salads straight from the farm and a collection of memorable Thai dishes served with exotic flavours.
Praya Kitchen, with its interactive kitchen strategically located at its heart, is a bright and airy restaurant that takes up the entire third floor of the hotel for Sunday Brunch. Diners can choose to book private dining rooms for family occasions or elect to eat in pairs or groups at various table settings. The day we visited Praya Kitchen there were three rounds of Happy Birthday, while kids of all ages buzzed around the homemade pizza counter and the sweet section like bees around a honey pot.
Striking a wonderful balance between Eastern and Western dishes, while excelling at traditional Thai cuisine is Executive Chef Attapol Naito Thangthong and his team of talented chefs. At the live cooking station, guests simply select their choice of 55-day dry-age soft Thai sirloin, steaks from Australia and the United States as well as lamb rib-eye from New Zealand and the chefs will cook accordingly.
Meanwhile at the Seafood Wall, a what’s what of edible aquatic life, simply pick out crab claws, prawns or rock lobsters and place them in one of the three coloured cooking pots. There are three cooking styles for seafood and include orange buckets are for stir-fried with garlic; yellow buckets are stir-fried with yellow curry sauce; while red buckets are stir-fried with black pepper sauce.
Dotted around the central kitchen are other noteworthy international favourites such as fresh Japanese sashimi and makizaushi rolls, Chinese classics from Yao Restaurant like Peking Duck pancakes, Char Siu roast pork and a mouthwatering selection of steamed buns. Every month the a la minute dishes are refreshed and include – but are not limited to – various types of pasta, Fish Balls in Pesto Sauce, Pork Stew, Lobster Bisque Soup, Eggs Benedict Tom Yam, Grilled Salmon in White Wine, Roasted Beef with Jasmine Ted, Roasted Duck with Port Wine Sauce, Roasted Chicken with Coffee Jus and Foie Gras with Banana Blossom Salad, to name just a few.
A time-honoured Thai dish that has guests coming back for more is served at the Chef’s Signature Station where Gaeng Kua Koong Mangkorn (Spicy curry with lobsters and wild betel leaves) is served with Khanom Jin (noodles) and assorted condiments. Thai street food rightfully finds its place on the menu and there is always a variety of nourishing options like Som Tam, fried prawn cakes, BBQ pork with sticky rice and other classics.
A veritable foodies paradise, vegetarians are also well catered for and the chefs will happily adapt any dish on request. For those with a penchant for the sweeter things in life, the dessert section offers Berry Mousse, Pumpkin in Coconut Milk, Pandan Panna Cotta, Mango Pudding, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Choux, Assorted Handmade Chocolate, Fruit Tart, Red Velvet Cake, Berry Bavarois, Vanilla Choux, Opera Cake, Mango Mousse Cake, Berry Tart, Lychee Pudding, Mini Cheese Cake and Praya Cheese Cake.
For children – and the kids inside adults – the make your own pizza table is great fun. Pizza bases are freshly made and it’s down to the individual as to what ingredients are used. To ensure you’re not covered in tomato sauce, ham or other toppings, wear a pair of plastic gloves while preparing your treat.
The Juice Bar serves a wide range of drinks including fresh juices, flavoured water, teas and coffees as well as Ya Dong, a strong herb-infused Thai liquor, and Thai Mekhong whiskey. Each month, there is also live entertainment provided and guests are encouraged to request their favourite tunes.
The once a month Sunday Brunch at Praya Kitchen is priced at Bt1,588++ per person (inclusive of juice bar), while brunch is free for kids under 6 years old and children aged 6 to 12 are given a 50% discount. Due to its popularity, bookings are strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. For reservations and more information, call +66 (0) 2088-5666.