Beyond the holy breakfast trinity that is Luka, (Not) Just Another Cup, and the latest addition of Sarnies, Bangkokians are always buzzing for a good brunch spot. Naturally, we don’t blame them, what with both sweet and savoury bites to enjoy in one snazzy sitting, and an often booze-brimming selection of weekend cocktails to suit. An excuse to feast like the gods and tipple a Bloody Mary before the sun has even reached its highest point, the brunch vibe in Bangkok at the moment is – to put it in two single millennial syllables – so lit.
Yet where any and many can whip up a quick Eggs Benny and the list of really good coffee makers is long and lengthy, it takes a certain je ne sais quois to rise above the scramble(-d eggs) of regular coffee shops and serve up a brunch that is truly bangin’. Here, we’ve put together a list of our favourite weekend brunches in Bangkok, each featuring a dedicated brunch menu. Combining a mix of household classics like hotel buffets and champagne pairings, together with more experimental variations like dumplings and deconstructed muffins, there’s something to suit the swoon of any city dweller here. Consider these the perfect excuse to become a morning person even on a day off, and realise the silent mantra that comes with each bite of that cream cheese-drenched bagel: brunch isn’t just a meal – it’s the weekend way of life, and a Sunday rite of passage. Bon Appétit.
[Featured and Hero image credit: Odtomato]
If there is one name on the lips of every discerning Bangkok foodie at the moment, it is this one: Ocken. It comes as no surprise, then, that the trendy Sathorn restaurant that prides itself in wholesome organic flavours and creative techniques, serves up a brunch that is both scrumptiously guilt-free and wholly ‘grammable. An unidentifiable mix of international cuisine, the small a la carte brunch dishes here are definitely not your average classics – in the best way. Order the OcMuffin (THB 260), a charming and delicious upgrade of the McMuffin hangover staple, and pair with the weirdly wonderfully clear Un-Bloody Mary (THB 350), made with tomato water, vodka, and vermouth. You can also get bottomless house coffee (from Roots, no less) or tea for THB140 per person, so if you’re in the mood for a brewtiful caffeine kickstart to your week, look no further.
Time: Sat-Sun 10.30am – 2.30pm
Price: Approx. THB700/person
Vibe: Stylishly easy-going, smooth feel-good music
Ocken, Bhiraj Tower at Sathorn, 1/F, South Sathorn Rd., Bangkok, +66 82 091 6174
Penthouse Bar & Grill
It’s no secret that this city loves a rooftop location, and whilst rooftop bars are many and plenty, the Penthouse Bar & Grill at the Park Hyatt is switching it up by using its sky high venue as a fabulous Sunday brunch location, too. Not just a feast for the eyes, they’re serving up a buffet spread that spares no expense: think carved Tomahawks, Hokkaido scallops, and Fine de Claire oysters. Pair these with comfort food classics like Canadian poutine or mac and cheese by the virtual reality gaming (yup) stations, and you’ll see why this metropolitan brunch is proving very popular. From the DIY Bloody Mary stand to the live DJ booth, it’s a great balance between the utterly refined and jovially contemporary.
Time: Sundays 11.30am-3.30pm
Price: THB2490++/person; THB3490++/person with free-flow Prosecco, wine, and curated drinks; THB 4990++ free-flow Champagne, Prosecco, wine, and curated drinks
Vibe: Upbeat and urban, with an unbeatable view
Penthouse Bar + Grill, Park Hyatt Bangkok, Central Embassy, 88 Wireless Rd., Pathumwan, Bangkok, +66 2011 7480
Signature Rosé Brunch at Brasserie Europa
If a city brunch were a beverage, it is likely it would be a flute of rosé Champagne. Brasserie Europa at the Siam Kempinski gets this; Brasserie Europa at the Siam Kempinski totally understands. Going by the motto that ‘Brut is great, Rosé is better’, the new Signature Rosé Brunch combines free-flow Louis Roederer pink Champagne with many of the top-quality options we know and love from a hotel buffet. Between Canadian lobster and Alaskan king crab, many dishes can be made to your specific order, whereby guests can ask for foie gras and wagyu beef as they like, or opt for fresh pasta prepared within a parmesan wheel at the table. The dessert selection is sweet and plentiful, featuring both Thai and international favourites, and a chocolate sundae at your dutiful request. Perfect for those who like to drink pink to the weekend and indulge a little (or a lot).
Time: Sundays 12.30pm-4.30pm
Price: THB2900++/person; THB3900++ for unlimited sparkling wine; THB4900++ for unlimited Louis Roederer Brut Champagne
Vibe: Snazzy and sophisticated, but not uncomfortably pretentious
Brasserie Europa, Siam Kempinski Hotel, Rama 1 Rd. 991/9, Bangkok, +66 2 162 9000
Dim Sum Brunch at Shang Palace
Here’s one that had us wondering how we ever lived a Saturday morning without it. Located within the Shangri-La Hotel, Shang Palace has recently launched an all-new dim sum brunch, offering an alluring all-you-can-eat range of steamed dumplings and barbecue dishes for the die-hard Chinese food lover. It’s a rare find to be able to enjoy as much suckling pig, peking duck, and dim sum dishes as your belly can fit; and it’s a find that is a must-try if you like your dumplings fresh and your pork belly crisp, as everything is prepared to your order. The menu is extensive and hits the spot for many taste buds, with the star crown to the meal being the signature Chilled Mango Pudding. Between cups of chrysanthemum tea inside the Tang Dynasty-style interior, just be sure to wear loose, expandable clothing…
Time: Saturdays 11.30am-2.30pm
Vibe: Classic Asian family feast (inclusive of following food coma)
Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, Bangkok, +66 2236 7777
Modern Australian restaurant Odtomato made smooth stylish waves when it opened towards the end of last year, and as it grows to fulfil its modern neighbourhood restaurant aura, the eatery has launched a brunch menu, too. There’s everything from kale or acai-sprinkled breakfast bowls to classic brunch plates and desserts. We love the Warm Banana Bread (THB 185), and the Cubano Open Sandwich (THB 375), paired with Duck Fat Fries (THB 125) for a real game changer. Top it all off with a Coffee Negroni (THB 355) made with London Dry Gin, Campari, a blend of vermouths, and Nitro Labs Cold Brew, and you’ve got yourself a filling, satisfying, and wonderfully warm brunch experience.
Time: Sat-Sun 11am-3pm
Price: Approx. THB 600/person
Vibe: Homey, in a hiso kind of way
Odtomato, 68/2 Park 24 Building, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlongton, Bangkok, +66 94 312 2355
W Does Brunch at The Kitchen
Known for its notorious pool parties, it should come as no jaw-dropper that the W Hotel knows how to turn up at brunch in true boozy form. Putting the ‘fun’ in ‘fundamental brunch essentials that involve alcohol’, The Kitchen Table brings a buffet selection of local and international food favourites alongside a hefty drink variety. Grab a beer at the ‘Grab Beers’ station, or load up on fried chicken at the ‘Cheat Day’ station, before heading to the desserts to take a picture with the cotton candy clouds. Sip a signature Gin & Tonic or a Woohito (the Woo Bar’s interpretation of a Mojito), and embrace the spirit the W Hotel always seems to sing in the most vibrant of ways: just have a little fun with it. A positive weekend (party) energy.
Time: Every first and third Saturday of the month, 12.30pm-3.30pm
Price: THB 2500++/person, THB 3,300++/person including free-flow alcohol
Vibe: A little trippy, a little dreamy, a pre-party to literally any party
The Kitchen Table, 2/F, W Hotel Bangkok, 106 North Sathorn Rd., Silom, Bangkok, +66 2 344 4120
It’s easy to fall for anything the Bangkok-based Foodie Collection puts on the table, and the colourful weekend brunch menu at Via Maris is no different. Located right next to Silom’s beloved Vesper Cocktail Bar, the Mediterranean haven serves up an interesting a la carte brunch menu on Sundays, including everything from a fresh Scallop Carpaccio to a highly-recommended Shakshuka, and Grilled Octopus (THB 690). The standouts are definitely the desserts though, particularly the signature chocolate-filled doughnut balls known as Nutella Bomboloni (THB 220). Combine this with the incredibly affordable free-flow alcohol package, and you’ve got yourself a sweet Sunday fiesta. Leave your diet at the door and thank us later.
Time: Sundays, 11.30am-4.00pm (last order 2.30pm)
Price: Approx. THB 450/person; THB499+/person for free-flow Aperol Spritz, Bloody Marys, wines, and beer
Vibe: Colourful, casual, a happy Sunday soundtrack with a hint of Sardinia
Via Maris, 10/15 Convent Rd., Silom, Bangkok, +66 2 236 5558
UPDATE: Via Maris has closed its doors since summer 2019. However, in the exact same spot and run by the exact same group, find 1919 Italian Bar & Restaurant in its place, open Saturdays and Sundays 5.30pm onwards.
Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro
With a name that translates to ‘land and sea’, Pesca Mar & Terra truly delivers by bringing some of the best of both arenas to a nicely varied Sunday brunch buffet. Aiming to be a spot where families and friends can unwind in backyard party style, the dynamic dining outlet is buzzing with a DJ, live food and drink stations, as well as board games, a photo booth, and a flamboyantly fun piñata. An impressive selection of European cold-cut, seafood, and roasted meats is available, with some hot highlights like a giant paella and homemade desserts. For the little ones, there’s an outdoor pool and cinema room too, providing plenty of activity for when Mum and Dad indulge in the free-flow package of red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines. Cheers to a worry-free Sunday.
Time: Sundays 11am-4pm
Price: THB 1490++/person; THB2900++ for unlimited wine, cocktails, sangria, gin, and soft drinks
Vibe: An afternoon at a Spanish Señorita’s summer villa courtyard
Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro, 39 Ekkamai 12, Bangkok, +66 63 267 7778
For those who like to have their brunch cake and eat it too, head to the Anantara Siam for a serious gastronomic journey – in many sumptuous senses of the word. Extending from Parichart Court into Aqua Bar, Madison, and Spice Market, the infamous Sunday brunch at the Ratchadamri Road hotel is a true feast not only for the eyes, but for the taste buds too. The cuisines served at the buffet span Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Thai and European, ending with a chocolate waterfall to the tunes of a melodious live band and much buzz. From lobster tails and caviar to a fresh grill from the rotisserie corner, it’s the kind of meal that leaves no eye un-boggled and no belly un-filled. What’s another word for glamorous gorging gluttony on a Sunday? Oh right, ‘brunch’.
Time: Sundays 11.30am-3pm
Price: THB2999++/person; THB3250++/person including free-flow Prosecco, house red and white wine, beers, house spirits; THB4100++/person including free-flow Champagne Billecart-Salmon, house red and white wine, beers, house spirits
Vibe: Like the word ‘diet’ does not exist
Parichart Court, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, 155 Rajadamri Rd., Bangkok, +66 2 126 8866