I think it is pretty clear to anyone who has read my blog before that I love Brunch. The whole idea is just so much more fun than breakfast or even lunch and the fact that you are so relaxed on a Sunday that normal meal times hold little relevance is definitely appealing. When searching for Bangkok’s best brunches, Napa on 26 http://www.napaon26.com/index.php kept popping up and so last weekend we decided it was about time we checked it out for ourselves.
During the week, Napa on 26 operates as a formal fine dining restaurant – as you’d expect their chef has an impressive resume, including stints working for Joel Robuchon in Vegas and their wine list has also received similarly high praise.
Come Sunday morning the menu offering is slightly more relaxed taking the form of a semi buffet with chilled seafood, canapés, salads, imported cheese and dessert on a small but thoughtfully composed buffet whilst main courses are ordered direct from the kitchen with guests being allowed to order as many of these as they wish.
Whilst the girls got stuck into the chilled seafood and mini amuse bouche style ceviche’s, I decided to start a little lighter with a salad, I was impressed that whilst there wasn’t a huge amount to choose from, what was there was all of a very high quality and you could still get an idea of their identity from what was on offer.
We tried around ½ dozen dishes from the main menu, from the more traditional brunch style egg dishes like the eggs Florentine with smoked bacon hollandaise and the baked egg with white beans and cheddar, Anna was also very impressed with her rich mushroom velouté with bacon lardons, thyme and crème fraiche.
Of the main courses, I think both Anna and Melissa were very impressed with the slow braised wagyu beef cheek whilst my pan seared salmon with asparagus won the taste test with the more delicately flavoured seabass with peas and tomato fondue. Those with bigger appetites would be advised to choose dishes like the spicy angel hair pasta with scallops and prawns and the pork chop with blue cheese polenta which didn’t quite match the highs of our previous choices but again, the quality was clear to see.
Wisely they seem to be aware that people will be pretty full by dessert and so only a very small selection is on offer. I had purposefully saved room for a cheese plate, the cheese on offer all being at the perfect stage of maturity and very well kept which is definitely not something you see everywhere here and I appreciated the selection. We were also impressed with the scoop of homemade white truffle ice cream (they had others to choose from but as if we were going to order anything else!) and the crème brulée from the buffet was another big hit.
Priced at 1,200 THB or 1900 THB with free flow house wine (you can upgrade to premium wines for another 1000 THB but the house selection suited us just fine) there are definitely cheaper brunch options but when you see how sharply the prices jump on their week day A La Carte menu the brunch seems more than reasonable.
I have to be honest, whilst we enjoyed ourselves I wouldn’t hurry back, I far prefer the more laid back atmosphere at places like Appia, Rocket and Quince. Maybe it is because the whole set up is just a little too “grown up” for me – we were very aware of our fellow diners whose voices never seemed to rise above a whisper but I imagine if you wanted a civilised location for a “ladies lunch” or romantic brunch date then you could do far worse than Napa on 26 – assuming you didn’t end up sat next to us that is!
Napa on 26 – 115 Soi Sukhumvit 26, Nihonmachi 2 floor, Sukhumvit Rd, Klongton, Klongtoey (just behind K Village)