I just spent a memorable Sunday in a gourmet paradise and I cannot wait to return there!
The beautiful Banyan Tree has long been famed as the epitome of elegance and style and now you too can enjoy the sheer indulgence of a sumptuous Sunday brunch in their relaxing lakeside setting. Sit back and luxuriate in a real feast of the senses as you discover the freshest seafood (most of it still alive!), perfectly prepared by a small army of chefs and quickly delivered to your table by the smiling waiting staff. Canadian lobster, oysters, Manila clams, tiger prawns, fresh salmon and so much more awaits you and there are even truly delicious ‘Wagyu’ beef steaks too.
The restaurant itself is very spacious and spreads over the terraces which border the pristine lake and manicured gardens. The tables are very well spaced, so there are ample walkways to explore the myriad delights which are on offer.
While sipping your fi rst glass of perfectly chilled champagne you can contemplate how you will start this gastronomic journey. Should you commence with the superb ‘foie gras’, fl own in fresh from France and served with all the fi nest accompaniments? Or perhaps you would prefer some delicious raw fish ‘sashimi’ or the vast array of imported cold cuts of specialty hams and sausages? Or you could go for the cold seafood bar, which has fi sh, lobster, prawns, crab and other delicious choices, freshly cooked and kept on ice for you to choose from – or why not try them all? A vast selection of crisp garden salads and fresh baked breads is also laid out for you, to accompany all these delights.
Time for more champagne as you contemplate how to proceed. Will it be the scrumptious clam and mussel noodles or a fresh pasta dish, both prepared before your eyes and to your specific orders, or are the amazing array of live seafood just too hard to resist? So much to choose from and we tried most of the superb offerings – truly wonderful, especially with all the delicious sauces that are delivered to your table!
So now you are feeling very relaxed and your only decision is whether you revisit some of your favorite items on the magical food train or whether to graduate to the desserts and cheese board. The cakes and pastries are definitely very tempting and the array is beautifully displayed and definitely tastes as good as it looks. There is also a wonderful ‘chocolate fountain’ with a wide array of fruits that you can dip into it and crepes (pancakes) freshly made with your choice of fillings. And, to round off the perfect meal, you take a few steps into an air-conditioned room where a display of the finest imported cheeses will take your breath away.
My idea of a perfect, relaxing brunch at one of the fi nest hotels in Phuket – I will return!
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
33, 33/27 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Talang, Phuket 83110
Tel: +66 76 372 400