DINING OUT - ENTERTAINMENT

Salathong Restaurant

By Elle Faraday

I often arrange lunchtime meetings with the intention of having a bite to eat before getting down to business. Unfortunately, many places are either too crowded, too noisy or generally unsuitable. This week, I was fortunate to come across Salathong Restaurant at the Grandview Hotel.

Salathong Restaurant offers an ‘all you can eat’ lunchtime buffet for the fantastic price of 120 baht. This bargain price deserved investigation so I arranged to hold an informal meeting to check things out. When we entered the restaurant, we were immediately met by a waitress who showed us to a good size table by the window. The service was excellent and we were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived.
We decided to get stuck in straight away so I headed straight for the starters. These consisted of a mixture of Japanese delights such as sushi and sashimi, as well as a mouth-watering salad, cold cuts of meat and fresh bread.
The food was incredibly fresh and well presented, unlike many buffets I have tried in the past, and although I had piled my plate high, I knew that I would manage all of the courses on offer as we were under no pressure to rush through our food and leave. One of my Thai friends once told me that many nationalities eat to live whereas Thai’s live to eat. I certainly felt that the staff at the restaurant encouraged their guests to enjoy the entire experience and this involved taking time to savour all of the flavours.

With starters over, I was looking forward to the fusion of western and eastern cuisine. The dishes included chicken and pork curries, crab fried rice, chicken a la king, pork loin in tumeric sauce, crispy pork, fried vegetables, steamed fish in soy sauce and dauphine potatoes. There was an excellent mix of traditional Thai dishes and western favourites so regardless of what your preference was, you would find something to suit your tastes.

We sat down at our table, which while we had been replenishing our plates, had been cleared and our mineral water topped up. The food was delicious. I had sampled a little bit of everything, which can sometimes be a mistake as some dishes can be overpowering, but not at this buffet. The flavours from each of these dishes perfectly complimented the next one.
I had a plate full of chicken, pork, fish, potatoes and rice, along with another helping of sushi for good measure - after all it was ‘all you could eat’ - and of course, I had to sample everything otherwise I wouldn’t be able to give an honest review! This was the excuse I gave myself anyway. In reality, the food was so tasty that I just couldn’t help myself and, as always, I indulged in a small feast!
It wasn’t long before I’d managed to clear that plate and although I had another course to go (my favourite – dessert), we decided to take a short breather and get down to some work. The table we had been seated at was the perfect size. We were able to conduct our meeting in comfort and without interruption.
Although the restaurant had a good number of people taking advantage of the excellent buffet, it was not so noisy that we had to raise our voices and the distractions were minimal. I have been to a few places for lunch where I was made to feel like I had outstayed my welcome and have felt very uncomfortable, whereas here the staff could not do enough. Our water was continually topped up and they were on hand for any needs we may have had.
With the meeting over, it was time to enjoy the desserts. I was overjoyed to find a childhood favourite, bread and butter pudding as well as extravagant sponge cakes and fresh fruit with cream. It didn’t take me very long to devour my dessert and we finished the meal off with a nice strong cup of coffee – the perfect way to end any lunch.
I can honestly say that I will be going back to the Grandview. It is a perfect venue for a meeting, a social event, or just to enjoy a good old gossip over some excellent food.
The Grandview can be found at 24 Chiang Mai-Lampang Road. This is on the super highway, just before the turning into Huay Kaew Road. Free parking is available.