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Napa on 26 Offers Unpretentious, Upscale Dining at Their Sunday Brunch

Author: Anonym/Tuesday, March 22, 2011/Categories: Food & Restaurant Reviews

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Sophisticated, elegant, and extraordinary are just a few of the words to describe the overall dining experience of the Sunday Bruch at Napa on 26. Located next to K Village where all the Japanese & Korean restaurants are, Napa on 26 has been receiving accolades as one on the best new restaurants in Bangkok. Napa on 26 is raising the bar for unpretentious upscale dining with a focus on thoughtful and refined European cuisine with a California twist and a large selection of superior wines.

The Venue

The décor at Napa on 26 is warm and inviting and beckons you in with an understated sophistication. The color scheme is a lovely mix of soft browns, rich caramels, and soft crème hues with deep burgundy accents. There is an impressive arrangement of wine barrels over the black marble bar, and a stunning wine cooler room divider. A sensual wooden trellis ceiling fixture dominates the main dining room, and your dining experience is only heightened by the crisp linens, and comfortable and oversized seating throughout the restaurant.

The Sunday Brunch

Sunday Bruch is available every Sunday from 1130-1400 and includes a plethora of seafood appetizers, imported cold cuts and cheeses, salad and dessert buffet along with a choice of an all you can eat main course prepared fresh by the chef. The rate per person is 850Baht for food only and 1500Baht per person to include free flow red wine, white wine and sparkling wine. Reservations are highly recommended for Sunday Brunch and you can either call ahead at 02 258 2622 or send an email to info@napaon26.com. Every detail is considered ahead of time to ensure that your dining experience is one of the best. The service is superior; as the staff is knowledgeable about the food and the wines, and anticipates your needs by continually refilling both your wine and water glasses without being asked. Another wonderful touch is the hot bread that is served. Baked fresh throughout the day, guests are treated to warm sourdough bread, a classic mini baguette, and a healthy wheat roll served with only the best imported butter that just dissolves into the steamy bread upon contact. It is this kind of attention to detail that makes dining at Napa on 26 so spectacular.

The Food

The buffet at Napa on 26 is well conceived and features items that complement each other as well as the wines available with the brunch. It features an abundance of high quality seafood items, and only top quality artisan cheeses and imported deli meats. Favorite buffet items included the chilled lobster, scallops and shrimp that could be enjoyed by themselves with one of the many homemade dipping sauces available, or could be incorporated into the perfect seafood salad. The Crab Stuffed Tomatoes were also fantastic as the sauce was very light and it let the fresh sweet crab take center stage. The New Zealand Mussels that were served on the shell with a light red sauce were also delicate in flavor and delightful on the palate. The Cold Asparagus Salad and Spicy Mushroom Salad were also perfect accompaniments to the refreshing seafood dishes and the ripe, seasonal fruit was the perfect accompaniment to the creamy and pungent cheeses and salty cold cuts. The brunch also came with a scrumptious creamy vegetable soup that was light and refreshing and perfectly seasoned. The main course was a choice between 7 dishes that change depending on what is seasonal and fresh. On this occasion, on offer were Braised Lamb Shank with Sautéed Mushrooms and Mash Potatoes, Spicy Angel Hair Pasta with Prawns and Garlic Chips and Pork Tenderloins with Yellow Curry Sauce with Green Asparagus and Sautéed Vegetables to name a few. Recommended main courses include the Pan Seared Sea Bass with Sautéed Vegetables and Paprika Sauce, and the Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Roast Potatoes and Black Pepper Sauce. Both dishes are expertly prepared while being simple yet provocative. The portions were surprisingly generous and it seems unlikely that the average person could eat more than one serving of the main course especially after having enjoyed the delicacies on the buffet. Recommended desserts include the Raspberry Sorbet which is ordered direct from the kitchen, and the Crème Brule, which is found on the buffet.

Overall, Napa on 26 more than delivers when it comes to putting bright, clean flavors on a plate that celebrate the natural elements of the food. The wines are all superb, and it is immensely satisfying to be able to enjoy wonderful merlots, pinot grigios, zinfandels, and other classic California wines by the glass at Napa on 26. The experience of dining at Napa on 26 is well worth having, and the Sunday Brunch makes it possible to enjoy their superior cuisine without it having to be a special occasion.

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