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The Highs And Lows of The Buffet At “etc...On The River”

The Highs And Lows of The Buffet At “etc...On The River”

Author: Anonym/Saturday, July 27, 2013/Categories: Buffets & Brunches, Food & Restaurant Reviews

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The Vibe: Located in the lobby of the Sheraton Royal Orchid “etc...on the river” is a massive buffet spread out over three distinct dining areas. You can choose to sit indoors in air-conditioned comfort, or take in the views of the majestic Chao Phraya River on their shaded wooden patio. This venue is casual and accessible and will appeal to families as they offer children's activities and games away from parents in their onsite "Kids Club" as well as employ a roving clown bearing playful balloon bouquets, and an in house magician who impresses adults and children alike with his mesmerizing "bag of tricks”.

What To Eat & Drink: The Sunday Brunch gives you access to free flow beer and house wine, as well as a foie gras station. They deliver a real "wow" factor with the seemingly endless array of gastronomic delights that reveal themselves almost magically as you peruse from one station to another. You will find Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian, German and other European delights, as well as a wood fired oven where the aroma of fresh made pizzas draws you in. Highlights from the buffet include Peking Duck, Suckling Pig, Tom Yum Goong, the awe inspiring Roasted Sea Bass, Smoked Salmon, Pork Shu Mai, Grilled & Roasted Vegetables and Fresh Fruit Drinks. Also look for oysters on the half shell from Australia, Caesar salad, Prime Rib and made to order steak, seafood, or lamb fresh off the grill. You will additionally find Alaskan King Crab legs, New Zealand mussels, sushi, sashimi, cured meats and cheeses, homemade pizza, and plenty of desserts and special treats for the kids such as their delightfully delicious cotton candy machine and chocolate fountain. The blended fruit drinks are quite refreshing and the homemade breads, cakes, tarts, and pies are impressive.

Insider Insights: Although this buffet looks impressive, it is a bit of a letdown. The service is only OK, and the food is only average as much of the meat and fish on the buffet is overcooked or dry. The foie gras is another disappointment as it was not being cooked to order on our visit. It was overcrowded in a pan and steamed instead of being individually seared and the wine was basically undrinkable. Priced at 1,780 Baht net per person with free flow blended fresh fruit juices and 2,300 Baht net per person with free flow wine and beer, it feels a bit overpriced when compared to the quality of other buffets available. Kids between the ages of 3 and 12 years receive a 50% discount on the price of the buffet which could be a draw for diners with families.

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