Last year we visited the Royal Orchid Sheraton at the river for Christmas lunch. It was 2500 Baht with free-flow wine. This year, we tried the Orchid Cafe at the Sheraton on Sukhumvit. It was 4100 Baht for the same deal.
I can only say that there really was no comparison. In spite of the price difference, last year's lunch was incomparably better.
Maybe it is true to say that if we hadn't been to the other Sheraton last year, we would have been happier this year. But it's surprising that there would be such a difference between two hotels in the same group.
At the Royal Orchid Sheraton there was a wonderful group of carol singers who came right into the restaurant to sing lovely carols. It was quite delightful. At the Sukhumvit Sheraton, there was a group of singers, but they did not go into the restaurant and sang on the stairs in the lobby, so they were almost inaudible to us.
At the Royal Orchid Sheraton, there was a roving magician who entertained with magic tricks, which delighted children. He did a great job. At the Sukhumvit Sheraton, there wasn't. There was a Santa Claus who visited and gave our child a small Chinese toy which came with no instructions and was utterly impossible to assemble.
However, the biggest difference was with the food. Last year's buffet at the Royal Orchid Sheraton was quite breathtaking. From the start, waiters brought little mousse-filled cones, and every detail of the food was incredible. There was everything you could want from Foie Gras to Poached Salmon. There were stations for just about every sort of food you could imagine.
This was not the case at the Sheraton Sukhumvit at all. The carvery had only beef or turkey, and an incredibly poor selection of vegetables. And they run out of gravy.
The sushi did not seem very fresh.
There were oysters, but one of our party had a bad oyster, and has been sick ever since.
The dessert selection was somewhat meager, and they ran out of Christmas pudding very quickly.
We were on the free-flow wine deal, but it was almost forty minutes before the waiters produced any wine, and only after repeated requests. it seemed to be rather obviously rationed.
And about an hour before the end of lunch, a bill arrived, with the request that we pay. The bill was utterly indecipherable as to how it was calculated, and I still think it was incorrect.
The result is that I would strongly recommend the Royal Orchid Sheraton for Christmas Lunch based on last year's experience, and would not recommend the Sheraton Sukhumvit.
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