Where to holiday feast in Bangkok on a mere bourgeois or princely budget

Photo: Sofitel Sukhumvit Bangkok / Facebook
Photo: Sofitel Sukhumvit Bangkok / Facebook

Pause your diets and order that free-flow package, it’s time for the holiday feast. Sleigh it with our guide to festive dinners, lunches and brunches in Bangkok. 

From regularly visited gastropubs and rooftop bars with panoramic views to award-winning fine-dining, here are some holiday destinations sorted for every budget, from under THB2,000 to over THB10,000.

Under THB2,000

Bei Otto

Date: Dec. 24 (7pm – midnight), Dec. 25 – Dec. 26 (lunch)

Price: THB650 (Dec. 25 – Dec. 26); THB1,790 (Dec. 24; THB1,490 before Dec. 20)

Feast: On Christmas Eve, the buffet features everything from cheese, cold cuts, and smoked fish to grilled sausages, honey-glazed ham, and Christmas goose and duck, plus classic sweets. On Christmas and Boxing Day, drop by for three-course lunch sets, offering a choice of quarter-roasted Christmas duck, pork tenderloin in puff pastry, or goat cheese ravioli, plus pumpkin soup and baked apple rings with rum raisin ice cream.

Place: Bangkok’s temple to porky Bavarian specialties and German grocer.

Soi Sukhumvit 20, 02-260-0869

72 Courtyard

Date: Dec. 24 – Dec. 25, 6pm – late

Price: THB1,800++ (add THB1,200++ for wine pairing)

Feast: A sharing-style Christmas feast with food by chef Arnie Marcella and wine pairing by Wine Garage. Dishes include Brittany oysters, sea bass crudo with coconut and caviar, charred carrots and rocket salad, porchetta with pineapple, and truffled beef shank rigatoni. 

Place: The outdoor terrace on the ground level gets turned into your home for the holidays.

Soi Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7790

Appia

Date: Dec. 25 (noon – 4pm)

Price: THB1,888 (Dec. 25)

Feast: An Italian Christmas brunch with a spread filled with mixed bruschetta, Fines de Claires oysters, eggplant parmigiana, and Miro’s famous cheeky cannelloni with Parmesan fondue and black truffle. 

Place: Phrom Phong’s long-standing, and recently revamped, Italian trattoria run by chef Paolo Vitaletti and co.

Soi Sukhumvit 31, 02-261-2056

Jhol

Date: Dec. 24 – Dec. 26

Price: THB1,499

Feast: A Goan festive menu with Portuguese influences, featuring rissois de camarao (shrimp turnovers), Portuguese fisherman’s stew, chorizo pulao (pilaf), and a sweet sticky date pudding. Add B900 for cocktail pairing.

Place: Contemporary southern coastal Indian cuisine from Indian-born, New York-trained chef and international restaurateur Hari Nayak.

Soi Sukhumvit 18, 02-004-7174

The Londoner

Date: Dec. 24 – Dec. 25 (11am – midnight)

Price: THB1,595++

Feast: A three-course Christmas meal with an option of organic roasted turkey roulade, pan-seared halibut, grilled Australian wagyu ribeye, or vegan roast for a main, all with sides like maple-glazed carrots, parmesan roasted potatoes, and brussel sprouts, plus Christmas pudding and fruit mince for dessert. Everyone of age gets a glass of prosecco, too.

Place: Pattanakarn Road’s spacious and lively British pub, boasting 23 years in business.

Pattanakarn Road, 02-022-8025

The Lounge

Date: Dec. 24 – Dec. 27

Price: THB1,888++

Feast: The “7 Boxes of Wonders” menu pairs each course with a secret liqueur; the “Santa is Coming to Thonglor” menu pairs five traditional Christmas courses with wine. Get 50 percent off a room on the same day as you dine, too.

Place: The Akyra Thonglor’s handsome all-day dining venue, located on the same floor as its secretive cocktail bar, 008.

Soi Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor), 02-090-9000

Quince

Date: Dec. 25 – Dec. 27 (brunch, 8am – 5pm; dinner 5pm – 10:30pm)

Price: THB1,600++

Feast: The three-course Christmas dinner comes with choices like roasted bone marrow with venison tartare and truffle cream, confit suckiling pig with roasted pumpkin, or a cauliflower and truffle risotto. Christmas brunch is a la carte only with bites like lobster toast (THB520), garlic prawn pasta (THB340), and bacon and butter french toast (THB330). 

Place: Siri House’s upscale-casual international eatery, now overseen by Steve Doucakis.

Soi Somkid, Phloen Chit Road, 094-868-2639

Yao Rooftop Bar and Restaurant

Date: Dec. 24 (6pm – 10:30pm); Dec. 25 (6pm – 10pm)

Price: THB1,288++/ THB2,188++ (Dec 24); THB3,888++ for two persons (Dec. 25)

Feast: Tuck into a dim sum tower for two with two drinks (sparkling wine, local beer, house wine, soft drinks, or juice), or level up for a whole bottle of house or sparkling wine. On Christmas, come back for a set menu for two of Cantonese dishes.

Place: Take in the Bangkok skyline from one of the best 360-degree vantages in Silom and Sathorn.

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, Surawong Road, 02-088-5666


THB2,000 – THB4,000

Alati

Date: Dec. 24, 12:30pm – 4pm; Dec. 25, 7pm – 10:30pm

Price: THB3,400++/THB4,900++ (select alcohol)/THB5,900 (free-flow champagne)

Feast: Stay traditional on Christmas Eve with honey-glazed ham, roasted turkey, lamb leg, gingerbread men, and more. On Christmas day, the buffet is a Mediterranean affair, with fresh seafood, lamb chops, a carving station, and classic desserts. 

Place: The Siam Kempinski’s new-ish Mediterannean-leaning restaurant.

Siam Kempinski Hotel, Rama 1 Road, 02-162-9000

La Bottega

Date: Dec. 24 – Dec. 25 (11:30am – late)

Price: A la carte

Feast: The Italian mainstay has created a dedicated Christmas a la carte menu packed with dishes like Italian artichoke salad with bottarga and citrus dressing (THB790), homemade tortellini with mortadella and Parma ham in a capon stock (THB520), and roasted wild turbot served with sautéed kale, potatoes, and bisque butter sauce (recommended for two, THB2,990)

Place: Menus at this romantic oasis brim with serious D.O.P. produce scoured from the lengths of Italy.

Terrace 49, Soi Sukhumvit 49, 02-204-1731

Char

Date: Dec. 1 – Dec. 23; Dec. 24 – Dec. 25

Price: THB999++; THB2,399++

Feast: Through Dec. 23, aka Advent to Christians, get a “surprise me” set menu for THB999. On Christmas Eve and Christmas, sign up for a five-course menu offering braised beef cheek; black cod with baby clams, pumpkin, and apple; caramel panna cotta; and some mulled wine. Book and purchase before Dec. 15, and get either a cash F&B voucher worth THB1,000 or one night in an urban superior room.

Place: Hotel Indigo’s high-flying rooftop bar-restaurant, overlooking Wireless Road.

Hotel Indigo, 81 Wireless Rd., 02-207-4999, Ext. 8980

Il Fumo

Date: Dec. 9 – Jan. 2

Price: A la carte  

Feast: This festive a la carte menu takes its inspiration from the European countryside with dishes like fresh Sicilian Mazara del Vallo red prawns served with Japanese hen clams tartar (THB990), Basque-style baked spider crab “txangurro” (THB1,490), and roasted Ibérico baby lamb shoulder (THB2,290).

Place: The grand old villa on Rama 4 combines a classic Italian steakhouse with Portuguese flavors.

Rama 4 Road, 02-286-8833

Jam Jam Chinatown

Date: Dec. 25, 7pm – 10pm

Price: THB2,200; dinner with room for one THB3,299 and room for two THB5,499

Feast: Expect festive flavors in the form of smoked duck, chestnut pastry puffs, and oven-roasted turkey with all the trimmings. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon’s former executive pastry chef is in charge of desserts, too. Stick around for a Tropic City x Jameson Connects party late into the night, and wake up to a hangover-curing Little Market feast.

Place: The Asai Chinatown’s chic restaurant is all about comfort food and neighborhood vibes.

Charoenkrung Road. Tickets online.

The Kitchen Table

Date: Dec. 24 (6pm – 10:30pm), Dec. 25 (12:30 – 4pm)

Price: THB2,200++/ THB3,200++ (Dec. 24); THB2,500++ and THB4,900++ (Dec. 25)

Feast: Christmas Eve features an “Oh! Meaty Night” sharing-style menu, with foie gras pate, potted hot-smoked salmon, and more. The Christmas brunch buffet is loaded with cheese, cold cuts, seafood on ice, barbecue smoked turkey, and more.

Place: The W Bangkok’s chic fusion restaurant blends warm amber lighting, comfy couches, and wooden furniture. 

W Hotel, Sathorn Road, 02-344-4000

Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar

Date: Dec. 24-27

Price: Dec. 24 (THB2,950++); Dec. (THB1,990++); Dec. 26 – Dec. 27 (THB2,500++)

Feast: Drop in for a four-course dinner of French favorites on Christmas Eve; a three-course brunch of Christmas; or the fresh seafood-heavy weekend brunch (add THB990++ for free-flow prosecco). 

Place: Bangkok’s highest restaurant deals in fine French flavors.

Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar, Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Road, 02-677-8722

Mia

Date: Dec. 24 – Dec. 26 (6pm – midnight), Dec .25 – Dec. 27 (noon – 2pm)

Price: THB3,650++; THB2,150++ for vegan and vegetarian menus

Feast: A nine-course tasting menu featuring Mia’s deeply satisfying modern European fare, plus some Christmasy touches, like roasted turkey with croquettes, parsnip cream, and cranberries. The vegan and vegetarian menus, meanwhile, offer dishes like stewed curried lentils with smoked yogurt and deep-fried eggplant and roasted bell pepper sorbet with avocado cream and tomato consomme.

Place: Decadent modern European cuisine in a whimsically refurbished townhouse in the Phrom Phong back sois.

Soi Attha Kawi 1, 02-258-6745

Ms. Jigger

Date: Dec. 24, 5:30pm – midnight; Dec. 25, 11:30am – 2:30pm

Price: THB3,000++/ THB3,700++ (Dec 24); THB3,500++ (Dec 25)

Feast: Go Italian for Christmas with six-course dinners with prosecco and wine (THB3,700 option gets you cocktails, too). On Christmas, get a six-course lunch paired with prosecco, wine, and cocktails. 

Place: The Kimpton Maa-lai’s narrative-driven Italian cocktail den.

Kimpton Maa-lai Bangkok, Soi Tonson, 02-056-9999

Parichart Court

Date: Dec. 24 (7pm – 10pm), Dec. 25 (11:30am – 3:30pm)

Price: THB3,500++ (Dec. 24); THB3,900++ (Dec. 25) 

Feast: A lavish Christmas Eve buffet with free-flow sparkling champagne, cocktails, and beer to the soundtrack of carolers and a live band, followed the morning afternoon with a blowout brunch featuring the same free-flow package plus dishes like roasted turkey, ham on the bone, and classic Christmas desserts.

Place: This tranquil garden space is best known for hosting the hotel’s awesome Sunday brunch.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Ratchadamri Road, 02-365-9110

Rain Tree Cafe


Date: Dec. 24 (6pm – 10:30pm), Dec. 25 (noon – 3pm)

Price: THB2,988 (Dec 24), THB2,500 (Dec 25)

Feast: The festive celebration features a massive buffet with all the Christmas specialties, live cooking stations, and fresh seafood, plus carol singers, a live band, a kids’ corner with fun activities, and a drop-in by the big guy, Santa Claus.

Place: The time-honored hotel restaurant still packs them in with its excellent buffets.

The Athenee Hotel, Wireless Rd., 02-650-8800 

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit


Date: Dec. 24 (6:30pm – 11pm)

Price: THB3,870 (add THB1,500++ for free-flow wine and cocktails)

Feast: The Christmas Eve buffet features seafood cuts like Alaskan king crab, Girrardeau and Kumamoto oysters, and rock lobster Thermidor, plus roasted turkey, Australian wagyu, and lamb rack from the carving station. A live jazz band will play four sets, starting at 7pm.

Place: Spread across The Living Room and Rossini’s, the hotel’s flagship lobby-level venues. 

Sukhumvit Road, 02-649-8364

Stock.Room

Date: Dec. 24, 5:30pm – 10pm; Dec. 25, 11:30am – 3pm

Price: THB2,000++/ THB3,500++ (Dec. 24); THB2,200++/ THB3,700++ (Dec. 25)

Feast: Chow down on roasted turkey plus less common cuts, like Ancho dark beer smoked pork ribs and slow-cooked brisket, at the buffet on Dec 24. Come for the buffet brunch on Christmas for cider-brined turkey, lobster, lamb leg, and classic desserts like stollen (German fruit cake) and yule log. (The higher prices indicate free-flow packages.)

Place: The Kimpton Maa-lai’s all-day dining venue-slash-”grocerant.”

Kimpton Maa-lai Bangkok, Soi Tonson, 02-056-9999

Voila

Date: Dec. 24 (6pm – 10:30pm), Dec. 25 (noon – 3pm)

Price: THB2,577 

Feast: On Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, Voila serves the whole holiday spread: turkey, ham, seafood on ice, rum fruit cake, macarons, and, the special draw, an aged cheese cart. Visit Belga on the rooftop for DJ beats on Dec 24 and Belgian ales and a la carte bites either day.

Place: Sofitel Sukhumvit’s upscale buffet and all-day dining restaurant.

Sofitel Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit Road, 02-126-9999

THB4,000 – THB6,000 

The Brasserie

Date: Dec. 24, 6pm – 10:30pm

Price: THB3,500++/ THB4,500++ (free-flow house wine)

Feast: A classic buffet featuring premium Christmas selections.

Place: An upscale all-day-dining venue with excellent French dishes and drinks.

Waldorf Astoria, Ratchadamri Road, 02-846-8888

Elements

Date: Dec. 24 – Dec. 25, 6pm – 10:30pm

Price: THB5,900++ (includes a glass of champagne or cocktail)

The feast: Chef Hans Zahner’s Japanese-influenced French cuisine highlights Japanese langoustine, foie gras, Hokkaido scallops, Kobe beef, pear la France, and more across six courses.

Place: The Okura Prestige’s Michelin-starred baby sits high above Phloen Chit Road.

The Okura Prestige, Wireless Road, 02-687-9000

The Peninsula

Date: Dec. 24 (7pm), Dec. 25 (12:30 – 2:30pm)

Price: THB5,000-5,500 (Dec. 24); THB2,600/THB3,600 (Dec. 25)

Feast: On Christmas Eve, sit at the riverside terrace or in the lawn, where you can watch the fireworks and hear music performed by a 14-piece ensemble while tucking into an international buffet. On Christmas, enjoy a buffet brunch, plus a Santa sighting. 

Place: The stately luxury hotel along the river always does it up big for Christmas.

Charoen Nakhon Road, 02-020-2888

THB6,000 – THB10,000 

Bull & Bear

Date: Dec. 24, 5:30 – 10:30pm

Price: THB7,500++ (includes wine)

Feast: The festive feast here includes dishes like Alaskan king crab, roasted turbot with oysters, and caviar and Saga wagyu striploin.

Place: A fancy 55th-floor spot for steak, seafood and amazing views.

Waldorf Astoria, Ratchadamri Road, 02-846-8888

Cote by Mauro Colagreco

Date: Dec. 24 (6 – 10pm), Dec. 25 (noon – 2pm)

Price: THB9,000++ (Dec. 24); THB6,100++ (Dec. 25)

Feast: Experience nine-course carte blanche menus bursting with the flavors of the Riviera and speckled, on this occasion, with white truffles for festive celebrations.

Place: Chef Mauro Colagreco’s new Bangkok outpost lives up to his exacting standards with daily-changing menus and powerful flavors.

Soi Charoen Krung 64, 02-098-3888

Phra Nakhon

Date: Dec. 24 (6 – 11pm), Dec. 25 (noon – 3pm)

Price: THB6,500++ (Dec. 24); THB4,000++ (Dec. 25)

Feast: Whole roasted turkey, honey-baked ham, and Christmas panettone join seafood platters brimming with oysters, lobster, and king crab, as well as premium cuts of meat. Christmas lunch features all the classics, plus Thai dishes and barbecue.

Place: The Capella hotel’s riverside flagship is big on bold flavors and beautiful views.

Capella Bangkok, Soi Charoen Krung 62, 02-098-3888

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

Date: Dec. 24, 6pm – midnight; Dec. 25, noon – 2:30pm

Price: THB6,900++ (Dec. 24); THB3,000++/THB4,500++ (Dec. 25)

Feast: On Christmas Eve, Sra Bua offers an eight-course Thai tasting menu (with wine) featuring dishes like its outrageous tom yum. The next day’s lunch sees the menu pared down to six courses.

Place: Flavors stick to Thai tradition while wowing with creativity at this modern Thai stalwart.

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, Rama 1 Road., 02-162-9000

Riverside Terrace

Date: Dec. 24

Price: THB8,000 (Dec. 24)

Feast: The Mandarin Oriental’s Christmas Eve feast features decadent dishes like velvet pumpkin soup with golden and black truffle Chantilly, roasted and stuffed Christmas turkey, roasted Barbary duck with mulberry honey, and Virginia ham glazed with maple syrup, plus live entertainment to boot.

Place: This al fresco international buffet blends a special occasion atmosphere with a relaxed dining format that is bound to please all.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Soi Charoen Krung 40, 02-659-9000 ext. 7390

Over THB10,000

Kinu by Takagi

Date: Dec. 24

Price: THB12,500

Feast: Celebrate Christmas with a 10-course kaiseki-style dinner prepared by chef Masakazu Kudo.

Place: A swish kaiseki den hidden away in the back of Lord Jim’s, serving Kyoto-style seasonal cuisine.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Soi Charoen Krung 40, 02-659-9000 

Le Normandie

Date: Dec. 24

Price: THB12,500

Feast: Enjoy a seven-course blowout, featuring duck foie gras terrine, smoked eel, blue lobster ravioli, milk fed veal rack with black winter truffle and more. 

Place: The Mandarin Oriental’s showcase restaurant does classic French cuisine at its finest.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Soi Charoen Krung 40, 02-659-9000 ext. 7670

This story originally appeared in BK.

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