Red Lobster, the American sit-down dining staple that’s made several “trashiest American chain” lists has clawed its way into Bangkok this week. You’ll find all the staples here – including their famed Cheddar Bay Biscuits (THB250 for six) and lobster thermidor. This big, buttery slice of Americana does not come cheap.
The new spot is on the ground floor of the Queen Sirikit Convention. There, find the big, buttery plates your cardiologist warned you about. One of the cheapest pieces of lobster on sale is the tail with aglio olio (THB1,120), or get a live lobster thermidor for (THB1,850).
The big lobsters come with tableside service if you can’t rip and tear them yourself, and you can get a little bit of everything with the Signature Feast, featuring snow crab legs, a lobster tail, and shrimp to lather in melted butter (THB1,950). While you’re doing this to yourself, grab a Chang beer, wine, and selection of cocktails.
Red Lobster, now headquartered in the U.S. state of Florida, was founded in 1968. It spread to become a ubiquitous chain across the states until the noughties, when butter-saturated meat and cheddar-covered biscuits became less popular with Americans’ changing habits.
Its parent company sold the chain in 2014 to a private-equity firm for US$2.1 billion – a value mostly attributed to its vast real estate holdings – citing years of declining sales.
Fun fact: Golden Gate Capital opened more than 700 branches worldwide before selling the whole thing to Thai seafood megacorp Thai Union in 2020.
G/F, North Queen Sirikit Convention Center 60 Ratchadaphisek Road