Bold flavors and awesome views await at Banyan Tree’s contemporary Thai restaurant Saffron

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Why make lunch such a hassle when you’ve already got a busy schedule on your plate? There’s no need to rack your brains just to feed your hungry stomach — to be fair, after that intense call with the client this morning, you absolutely deserve a wholesome lunch. Queuing up in a long line in Silom Complex is not going to do you any justice.

How about Thai food? But we’re not talking about reheated food that suspiciously comes out of the kitchen in under 3 minutes. We’re talking about real spices, crunchy fresh ingredients bursting with flavor, cooling herbal drinks, and a sick view from the 52nd floor. Oh, and it’s very much within your budget range. (For real.)

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We’re talking about Saffron, the contemporary Thai restaurant perched sky-high at Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok. It’s a wonderful lunch spot to clear your mind, get away from the hectic work crowd (even for just an hour or two), and definitely a top choice for a business lunch.

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Let’s talk food, shall we?  Saffron knows how to bring the essential elements of Thai food to the table, literally. (Those kicks of herbs and spices will energize you for any afternoon meetings.) The Anchan and Lotus set menus are thoughtfully developed for lunch goers, with four dishes plus a dessert for palate cleansing in each set.

Anchan Set: Prawn wrapped in crisp rice noodle, tom kha gai, wok-fried beef with basil and chili and special steamed rice.
Lotus Set: Pomelo soft-shelled crab salad, braised beef shank in hot and spicy broth, grilled sea bass green curry, and special steamed rice.

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Thai food in hotels sometimes gets a bad rap as overpriced or lacking ambiance, leaving eaters in search of real Thai flavors in small sois and food stalls. However, Saffron at Banyan Tree Bangkok proves that theory wrong. Don’t be fooled into thinking their classic dishes like beef kaprao are typical. Bold flavors are not compromised, and you’ll taste the high-quality ingredients. Their tender phon yang khum beef is well enhanced by the saucy gravy and, of course, zesty basil leaves.

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Tom kha gai is as smooth as it gets with a Thai soup and it complements all the other savory flavors. The soft, gentle taste of the galangal-coconut broth combo may seem like a rich pairing — and it deliciously is — but it still doesn’t overpower the other flavors.

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While you enjoy the food, don’t forget to feast your eyes of the panoramic view of central Bangkok from the 52nd floor. Saffron is one of the only authentic Thai restaurants with a unique view of Bangkok. So, while you experience new bold flavors, you can see Bangkok from a new angle.

Both Anchan and Lotus sets are Saffron’s latest revamp of its lunch menu, because as Sathorn dwellers well know, Saffron used to serve dinner only. Catch special lunch set menus, or enjoy a la carte menus if you’re feeling extra hungry at Saffron daily (11:30am – 2:30pm) for THB550++ at Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok.

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