Hungry for a food-filled vacay? We’ve got just the perfect idea for you.
Whilst the idea of a staycation is all the rage at the moment, to just stay in a hotel with an okay food menu might not be so sweet-sounding for hardcore foodies. So why not look for a place where you can turn your holistay into a foodcation?
One of the city’s most beloved hotels, the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is not only offering staycations, but it also stands as a great place to eat out (or in). The venue alone boasts over 6 eateries that churn out a delicious plethora of cuisines to cater to everyone’s taste buds. So if your image of an ideal staycation involves a boatload of scrumptious food and not having to step out of the property, then this place, ladies and gentlemen, should be your move.
We had the privilege of staying in the hotel recently and enjoyed thoroughly all the wonderful food haunts the venue has to offer. Read on to see how you too can have an umami-packed foodcation at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park without having to waste time on making a fussy restaurant itinerary.
First things first: Breakfast
For diehard buffet buffs, the first and foremost spot to put in your foodcation itinerary is Goji Kitchen + Bar. The international house of food is studded with all types of food from various cuisines. The best part? All of them feature live cooking stations, so imagine your juicy, grease-dripping tomahawk or foie gras being grilled to succulence or handmade xiao long bao being made right before you. It’s an all-day dining spot, though for those who live by the saying “breakfast like a king; lunch like a prince; dinner like a pauper,” you’d definitely want to treat this place as a stellar breakfast haunt.
For brunch, make a pit stop here on a Sunday. From 11:40 am-2:30 pm, get ready to plunge into a pool of scrumptious food – as well as a pool of free-flow vino.
Perched on the 4th floor of the Marriott Marquis Bangkok Queen’s Park, Pagoda is where contemporary and old-age Chinese food come together in seamless harmony. The Cantonese restaurant doles out a variety of upscale-presented dishes, such as Crispy Roasted Pork Belly (THB 450), Braised Superior Bird’s Nest Soup (THB 1,600 per person), Marinated Chicken in Shaoxing Wine (THB 380), and Steamed Prawn & Asparagus Dumplings (THB 120).
Meanwhile, dining at Siam Tea Room provides a vibe of being in a posh western deli touched with Thai-style artistry, evidenced in the Thai pavilion entrance and alfresco seating. The wooden eatery is packed with assorted goodies like Thai and Western fare, pastries, and brews made from locally-sourced coffee beans from Northern Thailand. It’s a cosy nook, great for grabbing substantial bites before your evening plans.
For afternoon tea aficionados, opt for the high tea set at the Lobby Lounge, curated by an in-house tea sommelier. Diners can have their tea experience tailored to fit each individual palate, along with savoury bites and flavoursome pastries to feed your inner sweet geek. The Lobby Lounge also churns out superb caffeinated drinks, so if you need an afternoon pick-me-up, this should be your move.
Before you dive right into dinner, make a pit stop here at the cocktail bar. ABar Rooftop is the place where you can relish some sundowners as you watch the sun set, disappearing into the forest of Bangkok’s concrete trees.
For our all-time favourite fusion fare, the award goes to Akira Back. Helmed by the Korean-born, American-raised Chef Akira Back, the restaurant perched on the 37th floor weaves together modern Japanese food with Korean and American essences. It’s truly the melting pot of three cuisines that make the sky-high eatery well-known among city foodies. The famed Tuna/Eringi Pizza (THB 490/350) with ribbons of tuna served atop an aioli-smeared tortilla and drizzled with white truffle oil is sure a killer. But the AB Tacos (THB 360) stuffed with wagyu bulgogi and Jldori Chicken (THB 530) with its fork-tender meat is definitely the showstoppers that will totally wow your taste buds. Not enough drinks from your sundowner sesh? No fret, the in-house mixologist with his impressive skills along with a cocktail cart have got you covered.
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, 199 Soi Sukhumvit 22, Bangkok, +662 059 5555.