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“The Huntsman - Great Music in the Heart of Sukhumvit”
Review of Landmark Hotel

Landmark Hotel
Ranked #239 of 11,045 Restaurants in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Japanese, International
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Sukhumvit
Toronto
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“The Huntsman - Great Music in the Heart of Sukhumvit”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Over the last ten years, I must have spent fifty evenings in the Huntsman Pub, located in the basement of the Landmark Hotel. Good service, decent food, and a great selection of drinks, but none of that really matters. The real reason I go there is the bar band, Sweet Inspiration, which to my mind has been, on and off, the best bar band I`ve ever heard.

This is a big room, which probably can seat a couple of hundred people. The tables are large, and the seats and booths comfortable. Most have a reasonable view of the stage, although those at the far back not so much. I have never been in when there were less than 25 customers, nor when there were more than 100. Perfect.

There are quite a lot of servers, and usually the service is quite good. Every once in a while it can get inattentive, but that is the exception, not the rule. I haven`t been able to track why it goes south. Seems random, and the only answer (that works) is patience.

Food is a fairly broad selection, with some decent British pub food, plus a number of other European and North American selections. I particularly like the vegetable samosas, but I also had a pretty good cottage pie there the other day.

It`s true that there are often a few working girls sitting at the bar, regulars who are a bit older. However, they won`t bother you if you show you aren`t interested. It isn`t that type of place.

And then there`s the band. This Filipino group has been there every night as long as I`ve been coming here, which is many years. The four guys playing the instruments (two guitars, drums, and organ) appear to be the same since the beginning, although honestly I have never paid as much attention to them as to the singers.

Of the two female singers, one has been there since the beginning, and although getting a little older (aren`t we all) can still take a song and make you wonder who sang it before her. For the longest time, she appeared to be the leader of the group, and there were a number of other singers that worked with her, sometimes one other and sometimes two. Now there is one younger singer who has been there for the last couple of years, and has what amounts to equal billing. She can also belt it out, although she still has to learn a bit more from her older partner.

Their range is unpredictable, which means that they play what you would expect, but then songs that you don`t expect. All good. Their best song (for me), Bohemian Rhapsody, is one of a few Queen songs they do. But, they also do covers of a number of diva-type songs - from Beyonce, Mariah Carey, etc. - as you would expect with two exceptional female voices fronting the group. Just when I think I can pin them down, they will sing a song that is completely out of left field. Still good, just unexpected.

You`d think by now they would have lost the room. You can only perform in the same place so long, before you aren`t new any more. And, indeed, if I were honest I`d say that they are probably a little tired today compared to when I first saw them years ago. (However, that could be me getting a little tired, not them, I suppose.) That having been said, they still get the joint hopping every night, and they are still my favourite bar bad anywhere.

That sums up the Huntsman. Go for the music. The food, service, and atmosphere are added benefits.

  • Visited April 2013
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Bribie Island, Australia
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“The Huntsman, always a pleasant experience”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

A surprisingly authentic pub experience with a broad range of drinks and great pub fare. Staff are unfailingly pleasant and efficient and while (naturally) prices of F&B tend to be in the upper range, I doubt that the vast majority of people would find this off-putting. The Huntsman is a very pleasant oasis on a hot, sultry Bangkok day.

  • Visited April 2013
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“Great buffet let down by waiting staff going AWOL”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

The buffet at the Atrium restaurant at the Landmark is very good value, especially with the reduced price for four persons or more. All of the food stations that you would expect are there, pasta, sushi, seafood, roast meats etc and the unlimited booze for around 700 baht extra makes it even more fun!
The fly in the ointment though was the staff having a tendancy to disappear when bottles needed replenishing but I am sure this was just a one off as it was Easter Sunday and it was busy.
Overall the food qualty was very good and you would be hard pressed to find a more pleasant way to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank KirkbyBlue
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“Avoid the outdoor restuarant at the Landmark Hotel”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

The outdoor restuarant at the Landmark Hotel is nicley situated for people watching. I live in Bangkok now and find it convenient to eat here a couple of times per month. However, the service is very slow and undependble even when the restuarant has just a few customers. Do not dine here if there are many customers. The food is just average but over priced and too expensive. I tried the red house wine and found it to be substandard for an fine establishment like the Landmark Hotel. The hotel and their Huntsman Pub are excellent but the oudoor restuarant is poorly managed, if manged at all. My recommendation is to avoid the outdoor restuarant and eat at one of the other fine Landmark Hotel restuatrants.

  • Visited March 2013
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“Hunstman Sunday Roast”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

The Sunday Lunch is a buffet with an ok selection of starters, main courses and desserts. Everything was quite nice apart from the most important part - the roast beef. It looked fantastic. A nice big lump of meat with crispy burn marks on the outside. But it was very rare on the inside and tough as old leather when you chewed it. We sent it back to the kitchen and I think they pan fried it for a few minutes which slightly improved it but not much. Conclusion - I think I have unknowingly had better horsemeat in UK. Shame as everything else was nice and service was very good. I asked the chef if the meat was Thai beef or Australian, he said Ozzie. I suppose you can still get poor Australian beef. Will try this place again and see if they get a better cut of meat as all other things were good.

  • Visited March 2013
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