Bangkok Buffet Guide
The great thing about being in Bangkok is the dizzying multitude of food varieties to choose. But in Bangkok you have an advantage. We all know how how much of a pain it is when we're traveling in groups and no one can easily figure out where or what to eat. And it becomes even worse when one person in the group may not be a fan of Thai food. Because everyone has their own likes and dislikes. And it's worse when everyone is a certified food snob.
When that happens the perfect solution is to eat at a buffet. And there are certainly no shortages of one in Bangkok.
Bangkok's buffets in most places are geared towards foreigners as Thais never really stuff themselves. But there are exceptions of course.
Thais love Japanese food and with a rather large Japanese expat community many Sushi restaurants and Japanese snacks and fast food chains have sprung out to meet the demand.
Oishi Grand - Siam Discovery Center
The Oishi is a popular Japanese restaurant chain. The Oishi Grand is their flagship restaurant where the quality and standards of food is higher. Besides the usual Japanese fare there are also Chinese and Thai dishes as well. Plus they also have a section where cooks can prepare fresh cuts of meat and seafood to order. Lunch buffet cost B550 and Dinner buffet cost B650 and just a quick note there's a 4 hour time limit.
Shabu Shi - MBK Mall (Though you can find it almos
Another restaurant run by the Oishi group. Though the kids might enjoy this particular branch. Morels of sushi, raw meat, seafood and vegetables on colorful plates are moved around on a winding conveyor belt next to eager eaters. A pot of stock is placed on top of a heating plate where customers cook their own ingredients. There are also choices of cooked foods such as chicken wings and other fried goodies.
Daiichi Japanese Restaurant - The Emerald Hotel 99/1 Ratchadapisek Road
Daiichi offers a wide array of Japanese sushi and sashimi specializes along with a wide assortment of tempura and tepanyaki choices. A buffet here will cost B550 for adults and B259 for children. This is a popular restaurant for sushi and sometimes it can get quite crowded inside.
There really is no definitive Thai buffet but if I was pressed to give advice I would suggest the Moo Ka Tat. It's a real feast that is very affordable. There are many variations of Moo Ka Tats in Bangkok, but they all evolve around guests cooking their own food selection over round UFO shaped plate with a rim of hot stock over a pot of blazing hot coals.
There's chicken, pork, beef and they are all usually marinated with Asian type sauces and spices. There are also prepared cooked foods as well such as stir fry noodles and a smattering of fried chicken wings.
One thing I have to mention is that Moo Ka Tat's are outdoor type restaurants. And the hygiene in these restaurants may not be satisfactory for most. It's a good idea to overcook your meats just for health precautions.
Moo Kata restaurants cost around 100 baht per person not including drinks. Certain Moo Kata restaurants charge extra for seafood such as shell fish and prawns.
Many Moo Kata restaurants are dispersed throughout the city. The most convienent one is right on Sukhumvit road by the BTS Phra Khanong station. Take exit number 1 and walk towards Sukhumvit Soi 67. It's hard to miss since it's filled with local Thais as well as foreigners and there's a live band playing at night.