When the decadent, but sometimes sterile, hotel brunches get you down but you still want to gorge with your friends on a Sunday morning, The Dock’s new brunch offering may fit the bill. The cozy seafood restaurant and raw bar, situated right on the main drag of Thong Lor, is a pretty place to pass an afternoon, with guests able to sit outside for breezy, shaded people-watching, or inside to soak up the air conditioning and watch the quick-moving chefs at work.
The Dock, owned by family-run Thammachart Seafood, is a long standing favorite for oysters, mussels, and lobster. Their brunch offering, however, just launched late last month.
For the relatively low THB1,690 (or THB1,290 without alcohol), diners get free flow-sparkling wine or beer and lots of seafood options. It’s one of those modern style brunches where certain dishes are ordered from the waitstaff to ensure freshness and cut down on waste, while others are help yourself-style from the buffet.
You can ask your server for a dish of salmon or tuna tartare (as many as you like, actually). While the salmon option appeared as a traditional tartare, the dish they’ve billed as spicy tuna tartare arrived in a form that we usually think of as a seared tuna salad or appetizer. The tuna was our favorite when we visited on a recent Sunday.
If you’d rather have shellfish, endless mussels with marinara, white wine sauce, or The Dock’s own signature sauce are on offer. The brunch also includes endless Fine de Claire oysters fresh from the restaurant’s live tank.
Those craving comfort food can opt for fish and chips or fried prawns with chips, and guests with a yen for Japanese can opt for mackerel or salmon donburi bowls. If pasta’s your thing, they have seafood tom yum, salmon carbonara, vongole, prawn pesto, or seafood marinara.
Over at the buffet, there is sashimi aplenty as well as sushi, endless raw oysters, baked salmon with potatoes and veggies, paella, charcuterie, salad, cheeses, fresh breads, dessert, and a station cutely named “seacuterie” featuring salmon gravlax, pickled mussels, salmon pate, and salmon terrine.
Refreshingly (see what we did there?) — and unlike many brunches we won’t name here — drinks are part of the deal. That includes Singha beer and Cornerstone sparkling wine, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee.
This new brunch option, which really goes heavy on the healthy proteins, allowed us to eat — and drink — nearly to excess without inducing the food coma we often suffer after a carb-filled, hotel-style brunch. Thumbs up to this cozy, quality, (relatively) budget-friendly option.
The Dock Sunday Brunch
148 Sukhumvit Soi 55
THB1,690 per person (THB1,290 without alcohol)