Friday, February 17, 2012

Elegant buffet: Afternoon Tea Buffet at Sukhothai Bangkok hotel

Following my pleasant truffle making class with swiss chef, Laurent Ganguillet at the prestigious 5-star hotel, Sukhothai Bangkok, we were directed for an afternoon of leisure and afternoon tea.   Only available Fridays and weekends, this is no ordinary afternoon tea, but an extensive buffet with 2 separate halls, one for savoury one for desserts.

Forget regular cucumber sandwiches and scones.  Here, you get the whole nine yard, which includes a full, freshyly-made sushi and maki bar, gazpacho shots, fromage and crackers, tapenade, and other extra tapas one can only dream of to be a part of the afternoon tea.  This section alone is enough to fill you up as lunch, or skip dinner entirely as it's heavy enough to carry you through the rest of the day.

It was hard to put on a break after tasting the food, knowing the grass is greener on the other side.  Executive pastry chef Laurent Ganguillet has been living in Thailand for 25 years and incredibly fluent at speaking Thai.  I got a chance to speak with him and not only was he personable and had traveled all over the world, he is amazing at making delicious desserts and chocolates.

I learned that the chocolate, cocoa powder, and many other ingredients are imported from Europe and quality control of the food here is top-notch.  I could pretty much spend the entire day here.  My favourite dessert was the apricot schnapps boba with white chocolate cream and peach confit.  The green tea truffles were incredible...silky soft inside with velvety matcha coating, YUM >_< 

The afternoon tea buffet is around 1000 bath ++ per person, which is just under $35.  With the quality and selections offered, it's definitely worth while.

Ambience: 4.5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4.5/5
Price: $$$$
Value: 5/5

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