Whilst Bangkok is certainly not short of Sunday brunch options, I am always on the look out for new and interesting brunches which is why I was happy to be invited to the Westin Grande Sukhumvit in order to experience the limitless Sunday lunch offer at their Japanese restaurant Kisso.
For 2490 net (or 3420 net including free flow Asahi, wine or sake) guests can enjoy an extensive menu offering over 100 premium Japanese dishes including sushi and sashimi, shabu shabu, Australian beef and foie gras between 12pm and 3pm every Sunday.
We started with chilled sake served in cute little individual carafes along with some edamame, octopus sashimi, a couple of pieces of shrimp sushi and one of their signature dishes; a tempura of Alaskan snow crab with sea urchin sauce. The edamame were perfectly cooked and popped open easily, revealing the plump little beans inside and the although the sea urchin sauce wasn’t as briny than I had been expecting, it served to highlight the sweetness of the snow crab even further.
Next up we tried another of their signatures, an unusual carpaccio of seared Hokkaido scallops with sweet raw prawns and salmon roe and a very moreish spicy salmon sashimi where the salmon had been diced and mixed with ripe avocado, tobiko and crunchy pieces of tempura batter for added contrast as well as some chilled soba noodles which came beautifully presented in a lacquered tatami box with the condiments on the side.
We managed to squeeze in two more dishes including one of my favourite Japanese dishes, a tasty pork tonkatsu and a selection of mushrooms cooked on their robata grill before we finished with a couple of scoops of ice cream; matcha and tiramisu chosen as I loved the sound of their tempting green tea tiramisu but simply didn’t have any more room!
I loved the ambience and traditional décor of the restaurant, the fact that they also have private rooms available for larger groups combined with the fact that you don’t need to keep getting up to go to the buffet makes Kisso the perfect destination for a very civilized, relaxed and leisurely Sunday brunch with a difference.
* I was a guest of Kisso on this occasion but all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you to the Westin Grande Sukhumvit for the kind invitation.