At Alati, the brunch is back, albeit not the buffet.
For years, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok’s Mediterranean restaurant has been a favourite of veteran diners as well as friends and families looking to enjoy a good Sunday brunch together. With a mixture of dishes from fresh seafood to too-good-to-be-true grills and some unique Middle Eastern flavours, ALATi has something for everyone and we all are willing to enjoy this fabulous brunch every once in a while.
With hotel reopening, the Bangkok denizens undoubtedly miss their Alati brunch and the restaurants has once again welcomed its frequent diners and casual visitors who know all too well this is one of the best places for brunch in Bangkok. There’s not much to miss — everything you love at Alati is there, except the buffet line. To comply to the government regulations, the hotel has drop the food trays and stations where people walk all over the place to fill their plates and opted for “unlimited a la carte.” Armed with your menu, all you need to do is order and enjoy all those dishes with everything you got.
Our brunch begins with a giant seafood platter. We’d rather not call it our starter as we spent our dining session coming back to this plate again and again, and even order a second. The Canadian lobster has a sweet and meaty texture while the salty freshness of snow crab, poached prawns, black mussels and aphrodisiac oysters brings a taste of the sea to our palate — a great replacement for when venturing to Mediterranean sea is out of question. After savouring fresh seafood, we changed pace slightly by doting on a classic lobster bisque with lightly whipped cream, served individually at each table. The richness and aromatic warmth of the soup prepared our palate for the coming dishes.
We decided to follow the classic pattern with some green salads and a series of appetisers: Norwegian cold smoked salmon served with cream cheese, capers, pickled onion, lemon and dill; tuna carpaccio served with radish, shallots, pomegranate, orange vinaigrette and beetroot hummus; crab & co., and fresh burrata cheese served with roasted tomatoes, fresh basil and olive oil. Our favourites are the onsen egg on crab remoulade, thanks to a perfect combination of the tangy sensation of the hollandaise sauce and truffle vinaigrette and the sweet, salty creaminess of the seasoned crabs. The burrata is dreamy — easy, fresh and so delightful we find it hard to move on from this to our mains.
Between your dishes, you can also enjoy selection of cheese and freshly-baked bread. You don’t need to wait long even though it’s a la carte, and the food comes in perfect temperature. The unlimited choice of à la carte main-course dishes includes wagyu beef medallion ‘Café de Paris’ served with young garlic baby potatoes; roasted rosemary Murraylands lamb cutlet with warm chickpea cream and molasses gravy sauce; French pan-seared foie gras served with lentil stew and aged balsamic vinegar; and homemade cavatelli pasta tossed with crab lumps ragout, white wine, garlic and chilli flakes. Each Riviera Sunday Brunch also includes a selection of pass-around main-course dishes, served at table, to supplement the choices on the menu. There’s not a single thing we don’t enjoy and don’t be put off my the word “main-course dishes” since each comes in a bite-size portion you will order a second in no time. They are all Alati’s signature favourites: the same old flavour you love is all there. You just don’t need to walk and queue for it like you used to!
If you ask which part of the buffet feel most Middle Eastern — we would say the dessert. The lovely selection isn’t something for everyone, but we’re certain everyone will discover their new favourite among these: tiramisu with mascarpone cream, coffee syrup and ladyfingers; traditional Sicilian cannoli with ricotta cream, dark chocolate, pistachio and orangette; vanilla chocolate profiteroles with vanilla custard choux, chocolate sauce and classic lemon tart with torched meringue. Get your affogato coffee or freshly brewed Moroccan mint tea to compliment the sweetness of these dishes.
The Riviera Sunday Brunch package, designed to meet the demands of all local and international guests, is priced at THB 2,400++ per person, including water, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Children aged 6 to 12 years pay THB 1,200++. The free-flow premium wines and cocktails package is priced at THB 1,200++ per person. The free-flow Champagne, wines and cocktails package is priced at THB 2,200++ per person. Guests can also experience a Cuban cigar and a glass of whisky at 1897 at an additional cost of THB 1,000++ per person. ‘Daycation’ passes with pool access until 19:00 hrs are available at THB 1,000++ per adult and THB 500++ for children up to 12 years.
For more information or to make a reservation, please contact ALATi on +662 162 9222 or email email@example.com or visit www.kempinski.com/en/bangkok/siam-hotel/restaurants-and-bars/alati/