Penthouse Bar & Grill
reviewed by : Melissa Richter
18 November 2018
Arguably one of the most sophisticated addresses in Bangkok, the “My Penthouse Sunday Brunch” at The Penthouse Bar + Grill in the Park Hyatt Bangkok is pulling out all the stops and reinventing the hotel brunch concept. Everything from the vibe to the venue echoes their desire to differentiate themselves from the pack and there is nothing quite like this going on anywhere else in the city. You know you’re in for something special the moment you step off the elevators on the 34thfloor and are greeted by the sound of classic rock-and-roll music playing on the sound system. You’ll make your way down the long hall with its colorful framed pop art, racing memorabilia, wood walls, marble floors, and impressive staircase with a vintage BMW motorcycle casually parked along the wall. The Penthouse Bar + Grill extends over three levels with bars , dining rooms, siting areas, lounges designed to mimic a stylish New York apartment and brunch takes place on all three levels. The main dining room has chocolate and caramel colored leather seats and is dominated by the open kitchen that opens out onto intimate seating that boasts excellent views from all sides. The buffet is spread out over several rooms, including a “back of house” kitchen which you can meander through to get made to order omelets, cold cuts, hand chopped beef tartare, freshly squeezed juices, homemade bread, signature cocktails and craft beer. “We wanted to make it feel like you are in your own house”, said Chef de Cuisine Andrew Dickie, “Nothing is off limits, and you can move around through the different spaces, take your time, enjoy the food and let us do all the work”. The buffet takes the “boozy brunch” concept to a whole new level offering several options that include food only, food and free low alcohol options, and free flow alcohol only packaged during their 12noon-4PM run.
Even the menu is unique from a typical Sunday brunch as it is appropriately focused on grilled meats and hearty dishes that fill you up and don’t leave you hungry. “We are going for a real masculine approach to the cuisine and wanted to do familiar dishes that are not overworked or fancy. The focus is on meats and plenty of drinks, but there are also some lighter and healthier options,” added Chef Andrew. Case in point is the light and refreshing Carrot & Beet Salad, the Smoked Salmon Salad and the Giant River Prawn w/ Mango. The Freshly Shucked Oysters on the Half Shell is of excellent quality and made all the more special when accompanied by a cold flute of Besserat de Bellefon, Cuvee de Moines Brut Champagne. Other highlights include the yummy Deep Fried Chicken Wings, their gooey Mac & Cheese, a delightful Lobster Bisque and the perfect pan-seared Foie Gras w/ Berry Compote which is excellent when washed down with the free flow Cranswick Lakefield Shiraz, 2014 from Australia. The meats on offer included pork knuckle, homemade sausages, Piri chicken, grilled salmon, and their famous grass-fed Tomahawk steak. Frankly, we were a bit disappointed in the steak as it sat around for a long time and was not cooked to order, but the pork knuckle was a brilliant crispy skinned delight. Once you are done filling up on the savory treats, you’re invited to head upstairs to the Cocktail Bar and Rooftop Terrace located on the upper levels. Here you’ll find the dessert buffet spread in a similar manner with tarts, macaroons, ice cream, and chocolates to name a just a few. There is also an elevated live DJ platform with a massive bar underneath and floor to ceiling glass windows. It's a veritable adult play zone with comfortable seating that all give way to fantastic views and most tables are likely to have games such as chess or Uno within easy reach. There is also a pool table, big screen TV with video games hooked up on them and a roving live “singer/rapper” belting out hip-hop and pop favorites. The free flow cocktails, wine, and craft beer can all be enjoyed here and the Penthouse Punch made with vodka, elderflower, chamomile tea, sugar, lemon, pomelo, and dried fruits is a real treat for those with a sweet tooth; while the Classic Gin & Tonic made with Whitley Neill Hand-crafted Rhubarb & Ginger Gin is out of this world. The Sunday Brunch at The Penthouse Bar + Grill is really in a class all by itself. It seamlessly blends sophistication and five-star elegance with an irreverent and laid back vibe. Never taking itself too seriously, it delivers the ultimate urban brunch experience that never feels too formal and is the perfect place to get away for a lazy, tasty, boozy Sunday afternoon.