There was a time when a good brunch was measured purely from the number of choices available – buffet sections laden with a vast array of cuisine from every far-flung corner of the globe. So many choices, in fact, that it was simply impossible to sample it all.
Fortunately, times have changed. Nowadays, the focus has shifted to quality ingredients, à la minute preparation and interactive, live cooking stations.
Since opening over five years ago, Tables Grill at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok has always been one of the first champions of this philosophy, while sticking to what it does best: the classics. It also takes credit for reviving the artistry and showmanship of tableside cooking, adding a touch of theatre to the experience and an opportunity to engage with their chefs.
Recently updated with a few changes and new additions to its Champagne Brunch menu, Tables Grill still oozes the same brasserie-style chic ambiance.
Tucked away in a corner on the mezzanine level of Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok – the “grand” part in the hotel’s name reinforced by its majestic columns, high lobby ceiling and a spectacular Cinderella staircase – Tables Grill is modern and elegant in a fun, approachable kind of way.
The first thing brunch aficionados will attest to is that any old bubbles just won’t do. So the introduction of free flow Louis Roederer Brut Premier at the Tables brunch (at 3,999 Baht per person for the brunch, plus taxes) is certainly good news – and a great deal, too!
With a heritage that dates back more than 240 years, Louis Roederer is synonymous with quality, and Brut Premier is the House’s flagship multi-vintage champagne – and its most popular. Brut Premier characterises the timeless Louis Roederer style with the combination of fresh, youthful fruitiness and vinous qualities, offering a lively attack and a smooth palate. The best part: it pairs excellent with almost anything.
Scattered around the restaurant are a number of food displays, and my exploration quickly reveals several highlights: three kinds of oysters on ice (including Fine de Claire), smoked salmon, beef tartar, flamed prawns with tomato sauce, saffron seafood risotto, a selection of European charcuterie and cheese, a variety of salads, and a decadent choice of desserts.
The thing that really shines is the quality and freshness of all produce, along with expert preparation on the spot at several live cooking stations.
I counted five live cooking stations, serving the following: Flamed Scallop Pernod (served with bell pepper, tomato and zucchini), Roasted Prime Rib (with roasted vegetables and red wine sauce); Oven-Baked Salmon (with tomato, lemon, capers and fresh herbs), Champagne Risotto (with parmigianino-reggiano cheese and truffle paste), Beef Bourguignon (served with sautéed vegetables) and Lobster Bisque – a personal favourite. At the latter cooking station, a Mushroom Cream Soup is also prepared.
Choices continue with a small but ample à la carte menu that includes classic favourites like Boston Lobster Thermidor, Pan-fried Duck Liver and Poached Egg with Homemade Penne Gratin, amongst others – all freshly prepared to order.
Then there’s a selection of homemade brioche and garlic bread, while highlights on the salad selection are the Caesar Salad, a Mozzarella Tomato Salad and Grilled Vegetable Salad.
Starting at 11am and wrapping up at 3pm, Tables’ brunch is also longer than average, which means there’s plenty of time to take a deep breath and let it all digest before heading over to the dessert section.
A “live” section includes vanilla ice cream, strawberry sorbet, chocolate soufflé and a classic Cherry Jubilee. There’s also mouth-watering Black Forest Cake, cheesecake, various tarts (chocolate, apple and fruit), tiramisu, cupcakes, chocolate mousse, mango mousse and panna cotta with passion fruit. And what would any dessert station be without the obligatory chocolate fountain!
In addition to Louis Roederer Brut Premier, the price also includes other (free flow) beverages like premium white and red wines, beers, soft drinks, mocktails, iced tea, coffee, tea and mineral water.
With all the classic favourites covered, such a high emphasis on quality, and enough to drink it all down with, Sunday brunch at Tables ticks all the boxes. And who doesn’t like value for money!