Feast For All Seasons
Feast, the all-day dining restaurant at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, offers discerning diners some of the finest cuisine to be found in Bangkok. From expansive early morning breakfasts that cover almost every imaginable item to superb lunches that are sure to cater to the most enthusiastic foodie and to delectable internationally inspired dinners. But the pièce de résistance comes every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night when the talented chefs prepare a buffet banquet that goes beyond expectations; a real feast for all seasons.
The restaurant can be divided into three main sections; an upper floor that’s close to the action and is best for families and children; a lower section that is framed by huge glass windows that offer diners a spacious area to enjoy their food and finally to the al fresco deck that sits right on the banks for the Chao Phraya River. Obviously, there is a rush to get the few tables that are actually overlooking the lifeblood of Bangkok, but anywhere on the al fresco patio is perfect as the sun sets over the horizon.
We booked our table for two in advanced and so secured ourselves a prime location overlooking the River of Kings. From our vantage point we could see every passing boat – and they could see us, too – but we also had an amazingly cool and refreshing breeze; quite the godsend on a steamy evening in April. Long before the sun had actually set, every table on the large deck had been taken, while inside the restaurant was quite busy as well. Although Covid was still with us, it was evident from the other diners that a meal of exceptional quality would take precedence tonight. It was a good feeling to see so many people out enjoying themselves once more.
Aside from the usual tableware, a small cup holding our table number was what caught both of eyes as we sat down. Of course, the chefs at Feast had prepared, well a feast for the assembled diners, with cuisines from around the world but the little tags were for the live cooking stations where freshly prepared seafood items, prime steaks such as beef, chicken and pork and mixed BBQ skewers were cooked a la minute. We always look at buffets as a marathon not a sprint, so as most guests were elbow to elbow getting their plates filled with the hundreds of items on offer, we sat back and had a glass of wine.
Once the majority of diners had returned to their table, we set about filling our table with various plates starting with Japanese and lots of fresh sushi, sashimi and heaps of wakame. We identified several choice cuts of beef, a sizeable portion of prawns, a selection of mixed skewers, some juicy green-lipped mussels and a couple of blue swimmer crabs, plus the ever-dependable nam jim or Thai green chilli sauce. And this was just the beginning. Next up we feasted on lamb chops, duck breast, freshly prepared carbonara and tagliatelle, a healthy helping from the massive salad station and some delicious tom yam goong soup.
As dish after dish was slowly devoured, our appetite waned slightly but as total foodies we were determined to have another round of delicious food. We agreed that two more plates would be ample as there was still a huge selection of the most wondrous desserts you could imagine and a help-yourself ice-cream cart with half a dozen delightful flavours. As if to remind us, the devious chefs had written ‘too good to skip’ across the dessert counter! Aside from the items mentioned above, Feast also offers a wide selection of homemade breads, cold cuts and cheeses, Thai and Chinese dishes, crispy tempura, grilled fish, roast beef and honey-roast pork and all the trimmings, plus many more items.
If you are looking for a value-for-money, all-you-can-eat buffet at one the finest hotel restaurants in town at the only Sheraton on the river, then you need to make a reservation at Feast as soon as possible.
For more information and reservations, call +66 (0) 2266 – 0123 or click OpenTable to book in advance.
Source: Punch Media Digital.