In a city full of choices, it’s often challenging to sort through the promotions and parties to find a bountiful option for seafood cravings.
So Friday night comes around, and I found myself at the Novotel Ploenchit and its all day dining spot, The Square. Not the usual suspect, when thinking of perspective restaurants. However, intrigued by their Valentine’s Day promotion, an affordable buffet for overindulging, I thought we ought to give it a go the night before the big holiday.
Perched on the 8th floor, The Square is open from 6.00 to 23.00 hrs, serving breakfast , lunch, and dinner. The Square offers both a la carte and buffet options, but on Friday and Saturday evenings they up the ante with the buffet, highlighting an additional seafood buffet, with fois gras to boot. Tack on the free flow, at 500thb net, and you are in for an indulgent evening.
With over half the floor space of The Square being used for the food, it’s a promise to not leave hungry.
The star of the evening is of course the seafood island. Iced down and glowing , there is no way to miss the fresh sashimi, sushi, boiled crabs, large shrimp, green lip mussels, and fresh oysters… yes a decently sized, juicy fresh, oyster on the half shell. Toppings offered include a fresh cilantro-based spicy seafood sauce, as well as fried garlic, and fresh herbs. It’s a noticeably local approach.
While the seafood station is predominant from the dining room, be sure to hit the grill mid-way through the back buffet line. Grilled jumbo shrimp and blue swimmer crab sizzle inches over the burning embers. Chef Tawatchai also serves grilled lamb, beef , and chicken to order. We were lucky enough to get the first serving of an amazing steamed Salmon with white wine and capers appropriately placed between the grill and Indian food station. All the while, the chef’s team behind the line keep fresh, hot food delivered to the crowd of customers.
For a mix of other cuisines, the everydayl buffet menu boasts hearty portions of Eggplant Parmesan, Sweet and Sour Fish, Lamb with Mint sauce, Tabbouleh, Pita and Hummus, a Steamed Dory in Lemon Butter, as well as special Thai Curries lining the steaming buffet.
Another station offers a hand cut Roasted Beef with all the usual fixings, while the Fresh Brick oven Pizza and fresh to-order pasta station hold down the end of the line.
The rest of the back buffet line is chocked with a special Thai Salad section abundant with ‘Larb Moo’- a north eastern style spicy pork with mint, Stir Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts, Spicy Wing-bean Salad, as well as a Glass noodle with Shrimp. Up front boasts a huge salad, bread , and cheese bar perfect for sampling before hitting the main attraction.
Now myself, I could put dent in just about any buffet, just on desserts. The Square didn’t let me down, with more options than I could possibly eat. I chose a triad for tasting…Banana Vicky, Dark Chocolate cake, and the winner , a Brownie Cheesecake. Other options included Clafoutis, Strawberry Panacotta, parfait, as well as ice cream.
Overall, The Square offers a mid-priced buffet with special Friday and Saturday add-ons. The seafood + Fois Gras concept, combined with a free-flow Wine and Beer for just a bit more, is sure to satisfy even the most glutton of buffet loving weekenders.