By CK Lee
With a no-nonsense approach to cooking, Piri Piri prides itself on offering fast and tasty food that doesn’t scrimp on quality. While their grilled chicken is the main star, this restaurant chain also has other delish burgers, beef grill and a selection of salad. We came one afternoon to have a feast…
The casual and rustic atmosphere was welcoming. Piri Piri has several branches across Bangkok. Location is key, as we all say - and this chain has got it - superb locations within Siam Paragon, Emporium, Terminal 21 and their latest opening in Trendy Building on Sukhumvit Soi 13.
We started the meal with the must-have Piri Piri Chicken, cooked the Portuguese way. The piping hot fries were a welcoming sight, we downed it with gulps of ice-cold Coke (or soft drink of your choice) and happiness rushed in. We had a great time sharing the various plates of chicken. Lemon & Herb Chicken was most memorable. 4 distinct bottles of sauce were available at every table. Hot Chilli, Thai Salsa, Sweet Chilli and Extra Hot - the last one is surely not for the faint hearted.
It was also possible to swap out the fries and have a bowl of fried rice, to accompany your chicken. Beef lovers - move towards the Grilled Meat section in the menu where Tenderloin 200grams kicks off the selection. Combo options also aplenty for anyone wanting to mix and match and have a portion of seafood with your chicken. We tried the prawns and sea bass, interchanging them with different sauces! Oh, what a great lunch!
Guest review by Bangkok Beefsteak & Burgundy
On a blistering hot day, we returned to Park Society, the flagship restaurant of SO Sofitel Hotel, to see what’s new since our last visit with Chef Joost Bijster and his team.
In addition to spectacular views of Lumpini Park, we also observed extensive construction that was much advanced on the opposite corner of Wireless and Rama IV Roads – part of the massive One Bangkok project where some 60,000 people will live, work, and shop. Noting the mammoth tail-backs stretching in both directions along Rama IV Road, one might suggest that clients of this new development should plan to stay permanently within the confines of the site.
In addition to wonderful views, we also enjoyed a truly excellent sparkling aperitif in the form of Alma Cuvee Franciacorta Bellavista Brut NV from Lombardy, Italy. This is mostly Chardonnay (80%) and Pinot Noir (19%), accurately described by the winemaker as “White, bubbly and persistent mousse… tiny pearl-like chains forming an obvious crown that lasts” and for wine spokesman Andrew MacDowell and myself it was the best wine of the lunch. This we enjoyed with our Chinese inspired amuse bouche, a delicate dumpling that featured lemon grass and was presented in a smoking bamboo dim sum steamer.
COOL, casual and contemporary is a great way to describe the stylish restaurant ‘Food Exchange’ at Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 4, conveniently located just moments from Nana BTS station.
Offering a wide choice of cuisines from around the world in a trendy and relaxed setting with friendly service, the choice of large communal tables for families and groups or quiet alcoves for more intimate or personal meals makes this a destination for all occasions.
The excellent à la carte dinner at Food Exchange is served until 10pm, with fabulous buffets as well at both breakfast and lunch. The bountiful buffet breakfast is a fantastic way to start the day and includes freshly baked croissants and pastries, eggs however you choose, healthy bowls of berries and yoghurt, gourmet toasts, detox drinks, smoothies, and much more. The all-new international lunch buffet includes soups, garden-fresh salads and cold cuts, pasta and pizza, and a changing selection of roasted dishes. For a taste of the exotic you can explore spicy Thai dishes or relish the international cuisine, tuck into seafood marvels or ask the talented chefs to cook up fast hot wok dishes to order at the open kitchen, then follow up with an array of irresistible desserts.
Nothing beats a lazy Sunday, when breakfast becomes lunch and the hours drift by ever so pleasantly in the company of family and friends enjoying great food and happy conversation.
The brunch buffet and free-flow drinks run until 3pm. But if you would like to continue this wonderful culinary extravaganza, Atelier’s signature cheese room stays open until 4pm – perfect timing to choose from more than 20 imported cheeses served with homemade bread, crackers and fresh fruits plus a bottle of wine.
Priced at only 1,899++baht per person (including soft drinks), Atelier’s Sunday Brunch is more than just a remarkably good value dining occasion, it’s also about a well-deserved retreat from the busy world outside and a laid-back, casual and extremely satisfying experience.
Atelier at Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit, 30 Sukhumvit 21 Asoke Road, Bangkok,10110.
Tel: 02 204 4071
Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit features five-star accommodations and services in the heart of Bangkok’s Sukhumvit road. The hotel is ideally located near Asoke BTS Skytrain and MRT Sukhumvit underground stations.
Guest review by Bangkok Beefsteak & Burgundy
BELGA opened in late November, replacing L’Appart, and the changes made are all positive. Congratulations to GM Oliver Schnatz and the enthusiastic team that have transformed the space; gone is the narrow terrace which now much extended gives one some of the best views in town … and a large selection of Belgian beers. I started with draft Maredsous Blonde and followed this with Denogent Macon Les Sardines 2016, a nice Chardonnay from Burgundy, France paired with a choice of tasty canapés.
Dining in earnest began with a signature dish of the Chef, Buckwheat Waffle with House Cured NZ King Salmon, Caviar, Dill-Mustard and Denogent St Veran 2014 (also from Burgundy) with a distinctive taste that I enjoyed. Wine spokesman Thomas Nowak was not as impressed finding the Chardonnay a little too acidic for his taste. Kiwi food spokesman Brendon Winter of course complimented the NZ salmon and most diners thoroughly enjoyed the dish.
Brendon also thought the Steamed Cod Fish served with Braised Lettuce, Fruit de Mer, and Beurre Blanc was really good, cooked to perfection, and very flaky texture. This was well matched with Tongue in Groove Pinot Noir 2014 (Waipara, S Island, NZ), a very good example of NZ Pinot which Suckling had rated 94 and earned praise from Thomas.
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