Retirement in Thailand
Hi BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com fans, as you know this blog is all about finding the BEST countries to retire cheap in 2018. For me, the word best includes buffets. Bangkok is always one of my favourite stops for flavourful buffets.
This trip I found a couple of buffets I wanted to let you about. (I know my job is sooooo tough!)
Bangkok has a lot of buffets at the hotels. Here’s my rundown on the four I went to this year.
The most expensive: Amaya Food Gallery
This is the fanciest one I went to. It’s 1300 thb/$52 CDN. The reason I went? Lobster! Included in this beautiful buffet is a half lobster per person. Everything else is unlimited as per normal buffets, but you get half a lobster per person as well. They have sirloin and tenderloin, so if you want surf and turf, this is your place.
This buffet is the most expensive one I went to and even with the eatigo discount, it’s almost double. Is it worth it? Yes if you are dying for lobster. The only problem with lobster in Thailand, isn’t the lobster…..it’s the butter.
I like my lobster steamed with butter. Thailand has odd tasting butter, and they serve the lobster grilled. So, while it did fill the hole in my stomach that wanted lobster, it wasn’t perfect.
Highlights here included: Steaks, lobsters, rock lobster, sashimi, sushi, pasta, Indian food, oysters, cheese, crabs, river prawn.
One other let down here, is the dessert. For the high price, it has a limited amount of desserts.
Who would I recommend going here? Families, groups and singles. Great service!
The best bang for your buck: ZETA at the Holiday inn
This was my favorite buffet for bang for your buck. Not the cheapest one I went to, but definitely a great value. At 750 thb/$30 CDN, this buffet has a great selection.
My favorite here, was the oysters and shrimp. Delicious! (Bonus: cheese includes Brie.) They also have smoked salmon, and ritz crackers. I made myself little appetizer sized bites with smoked salmon, ritz crackers, a slice of Brie and capers! So good. They also have a variety of cooked oysters for those who like their seafood cooked.
What’s missing here? A steak or carvery station. While there are several cooking stations, none of the meat available was beef. I like getting some prime rib or steak at my buffets.
Highlights? Oysters, river prawn, smoked salmon, Brie cheese.
Again just like every buffet I went to on this trip. The service was amazing.
The cheapest buffet? BEST BEEF
This teppanyaki style buffet is a little different from the other ones. It’s a grill your own at your table buffet. The service was good though, they always brought what you ordered. (A lot of times with table service buffets, the service is so slow, that you literally do not get enough to eat.)
This buffet has a neat range of prices 269-438 thb/$10-$17 CDN. The price difference as you can see in the picture, is whether you drink beer or not. The beer is big bottles of Chang (usually 60 thb/$3 CDN in store). So if you like beer and buffet like I do, this is good choice. If you do decide to go here, the restaurant does ask you to pick the same option for the whole table. So, if you go with somebody who doesn’t drink? Then you’ll either pay for 2 drinking packages, or both of you don’t drink.
Highlights: River prawn & Beer. Even though it’s got the name of best beef. It’s only thinly sliced teppanyaki style, so you don’t fill in your meat hole.
But at $17 for just those 2 items, I still think it’s a great deal. There’s nowhere in Canada where it’s all you can drink and all the river prawn you want.
What’s missing: Because it’s a teppanyaki style restaurant, you have to grill all your food. Even though they give you sauces, the food starts tasting pretty much all like grilled meat.
Who should go: Guys on a night out. Instead of thinking of it as a buffet. It’s better to think of it as a bar with all you can eat free shrimp. This way you won’t be disappointed.
THE BEST BUFFET IN BANGKOK: Westin Grande Sukhumvit Seasonal Taste
How did this buffet win my award for best buffet in Bangkok? Value. Selection. Service.
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit is located literally outside of the ASOK station on the BTS, which saves any walking and reduces taxi fees. So, that’s already a big bonus. After a buffet, I know the last thing you want to do is walk anywhere.
The lunch buffet itself is 750 THB/$30 CDN. At this price, I expected a solid buffet, and I was pleasantly surprised. The selected choices for food was bountiful.
HIGHLIGHTS: Prime rib and BBQ spare ribs. While other buffets had steak, having a good prime rib took this place way over the top. Beef and ribs are very pricey items in Asia.
So, I definitely relished the fact they had succulent ribs and oven roasted prime rib. River prawns, cheese and sashimi were all included in this generous buffet.
They also had a seafood mixed grill that was a nice example of cooked seafood. The desserts were also quite plentiful. I loved the creme brûlée, to make it extra decadent I added crumbled bacon and brie cheese. Another big highlight they had ice cream that they made on the cold plate. Delicious!
Smoked salmon, french onion soup and various Thai dishes also wound their way into my belly.
SERVICE: While the other buffets all had good service, this one had exceptional service. I swear my empty plates didn’t stay longer than the time it took me to get me back from my next trip to the buffet station. They also were super quick on the coffee and water refills.
WHO SHOULD GO THERE: Everyone. This buffet, hits all the high notes and none of the low. Great value, exceptional service and large amounts of premium food. This is the buffet I’ll recommend EVERYONE to visit if you are in Bangkok for one day. I definitely will be back.
WHAT’S MISSING: The lunch buffet, is missing crab, lobster or oyster. So, if you’re needing these items, consider one of the other ones on my list. To be honest, by the time I hit this buffet, I was kind of sick of oysters, so it didn’t affect me too much.
BUFFET BONUS TIP: If you’re thinking of going to any of these buffets, I highly recommend using the Eatigo discount. Eatigo is an amazing app for South East Asia. Basically, it allows you to make reservations and gives you a discount based on what time you go. Normally I booked for 8pm at night and got a 50% discount. (All the prices I’ve given you in this article are at the discounted rate).
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