Brunch name: Lifestyle Sunday Brunch
What: Menu highlights include the simply visually stunning and a marvelous buffet spread that boasts several grill stations, pasta, pizza, soup, fresh sushi, with desserts galore. This new spot in town to while away your Sunday afternoon is fresh, chic, and classy, but definitely with toute le monde (everybody) in mind.
LE Review: As a proud, seasoned brunch-huntress, I’ve found that many of my Sunday afternoons have been mercilessly swallowed up whole in search of that elusive but worthwhile marriage between fabulous food, a lively atmosphere, fantastic drinks, and a darn good steal. I mention the latter specifically because, the way I eat, nothing feels quite as good as receiving a bill that doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re about to have a mild heart attack.
The Latest Recipe restaurant can be broadly described as a largely Eurasian affair. There are plenty of party favorites such as cheese and cold cuts, a carving station, and pasta – the classics as it were – that somehow manage to live side-by-side with some devilishly delicious re-imaginings, without looking cluttered. Did I mention that there’s a wonderful array of sushi and sashimi plus some more of their seafood friends?
Set against a stunning backdrop of steel, glass, and lofty chrome beams, the post-industrial backdrop is simply stunning. It’s worth a visit, even if it’s just to marvel at architectural smarts that cooked up the design of this place. The restaurant is multi-level, the second floor is occupied by the buffet stations and seating area, while the mid-level houses an impressive cooking corner for the kinder-folk. They’ve thought about everything here, so if you do have children, you can leave them within an earshot, knowing that they too are being fed, but probably having more fun than you could ever cook up on a Sunday afternoon.
The menu is clearly the brainchild of a foodie. The usual Sunday brunch offenders of lukewarm dishes give way to something altogether more lavish and more intimate. Choice seems to be the keyword here.
The aim of the game is simple: you find the dish of your choice and pop your peg into the jar next to it. If you’re not helping yourself and filling up your plate, you can simply head back to your table to fuel up on, what appeared to me, as a bottomless glass of bubbly.
It’s a new breed of buffet that I can only dream catches on…
The highlights for me was the Foie de Veau Lyonnaise, or calf liver with onions and herbs. Seared to perfection, it had a slightly crispy crust, was heavenly herby and which, after each bite, simply wasn’t enough. Who knew I’d be a fan of calf liver? I certainly didn’t. Another wonderfully executed dish was the Saint-Jacques au Beurre Blanc aille, or seared scallop with mashed potato, and garlic butter emulsion. Ok, so as an Englishwoman I run the risk of being stereotyped by saying that Sunday brunches are a hollowed space that only the love of a good mashed potato can satisfy. It did. The scallops melted and slid down the back of my throat in a way only a hoity-toity restaurant could have known how to.
The cake selection was modest, but by the time I reached that four-hour time limit – stomach bursting at the seams – I honestly didn’t really think I had any more space.
That was until I saw the candy-floss station.
When I die, I’d like the phrase, “candy-floss after lunch” be engraved in the garishly large font on my tombstone. Judge me if you will, but the whole trip brought out my inner child. Slightly sloshed from bucket loads of sparkling wine, stomach full, we all left agreeing that it was a great way to end the week; even with the sugar-laced sticky-fingered mess I left the restaurant in.
Where: Latest Recipe, 2nd Floor, Le Méridien Bangkok (40/5 Surawond Road, Silom, Bangkok)
When: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How much: THB 1,700 net including free-flow soft drinks. THB 700 extra for standard drinks package (which includes wine, sparkling wine, and beer).
LE Secret Tips:
- If you can’t make it for Sunday brunch, they hold a similar affair Thursday to Saturday, which I’m told is even cheaper.
Bookings: +66 2 232 8888
Reviewed on June 2018 by Zipporah Gene.
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