Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Brasserie Europa @ Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Cuisine: International (A la Carte - Buffet)
Price: THB975 per person without alcohol (what I paid for)
Visited: 19 February 2011
Food: 3/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Value for money: 3/10
Services: 6/10
Overall: 4/10

Brasserie Europa is one of restaurants serving international food in the luxury 5 stars Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. The hotel is located right behind the famous shopping center, Siam Paragon, on Rama I Road. It is pretty easy to find Brasserie Europa; walking out of Siam Paragon from the North exit of Floor G and going into Siam Kempinski from the entrance opposite, Brasserie Europa is situated right there. The restaurant decors in contemporary style and comprising of sofa, normal tables, and outdoor seats. It is not large but not small and can efficiently serve more than 50 customers at once. The lighting is in soft tone but bright. The ceiling is high, which gives a comfortable feeling. There are also a number of window seats in which hotel garden and pool can be sighted.

During lunch time from Monday to Saturday, Brasserie Europa will be serving what it calls "Buffet - A la Carte", in which starters and dessert are in buffet form and main course is to be picked from the choices given. While dinner and Sunday, only a la carte menu will be served. This time I had a chance to try the Buffet - A la Carte. There are 4 options to be chosen from: 1. Starters + Main Course + Dessert, 2. Starters + Dessert, 3. Starts + Main Course, and 4. Main Course + Dessert. One thing to notice is that, even it is called buffet, drinks are not included in the price.

Lunch Buffet Menu Price

Lunch Buffet A la Carte Choices

The restaurant is laid out into section during lunch for ease of choosing. There a counter of starters (cold starters, e.g. smoked salmon, beef carpaccio, and seafood on ice), soups counter, variety of cheese tray, salad and bread corner, and dessert counter.

Counter of Varieties of Stater

Salami on Slicing Machine

Choices of Cheese

Salad and Bread Counter

Assorted Dessert

Chocolate Fondue

Our choices of main course today were Osso Bucco with Tomato, Baby Carrot and Thyme Polenta, and Spaghetti with Saffron and Seafood. Both had very light flavour and tasteless from our sense. Though Osso Bucco was soft and tender, Spaghetti was way under performance and quality of world class hotel. Regardless of taste, the spaghetti was too soft and seafood was indeed overcooked (2/10).

Osso Bucco with Tomato, Baby Carrot and Thyme Polenta

Spaghetti with Saffron and Seafood

Examples of starters can be viewed as per below photos. However, I am particularly not impressed with variety and taste of starters here. Enjoyment could not be found during this meal at all. Nevertheless, quality of ingredients was good and fresh (3/10).

Selection from "Seafood on Ice"

Pumpkin Soup

Prawn with Mango

Smoked Salmon

Beef Carpaccio

Marinated Artichokes, Serrano Ham & Black Olives

Smoked Duck, Nicoise Salad

Brasserie Europa @ Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, from my perspective, does not deliver the standard quality of this luxury 5 stars chain at all. Apart from good services, taste, presentation, and variety of food must all be improved. However, this was judged base on lunch meal experience only. Dinner a la carte menu shall further be sought. But a return journey for a lunch meal at Brasserie Europa is perhaps not in my list for a long while.

Brasserie Europa @ Siam Kempinski Hotel, Bangkok
991/9 Rama I Road
Bangkok 10330

บราสเซอรี่ ยูโรป้า @ โรงแรมสยามเคมปินสกี้ กรุงเทพ
991/9 ถนนพระราม 1
กรุงเทพ 10330

Open Hours: Buffet Breakfast 06:30am - 11:00am, Lunch Buffet 12:00am - 03:00pm (a la carte only for Sunday), Afternoon Menu 03:00pm - 06:00pm, and Dinner 06:00pm - 11:00pm
Tel: +66 (0) 2162 9000

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