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Review of VIU

Ranked #479 of 10,946 Restaurants in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Inspired by the Traditional New York Bistro, VIU embraces captivating views of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, and beyond. By day, the inviting restaurant offers a bright, sunny environment that recalls the grace and character of a stately home. If you are in the mood for a deliciously indulgent morning meal, enjoy our special Astor Champagne breakfast with offerings such as Moët Chandon, Banana Mascarpone French Toast and freshly squeezed fruit smoothies. Or, you may wish to order from the St. Regis breakfast menu, with selections from eggs cooked to order and house made breads and jams to Asian-style offerings, including sashimi and sushi and wok-fried egg noodles. We also offer a full Continental breakfast, including espresso drinks, fresh fruits, yogurts, exquisite pastries and breakfast basics, including bacon and scrambled eggs. Our lunch features an interactive dining concept with eight live stations. Start with a healthy salad, cold cuts and freshly baked breads before indulging in a main course from our daily selection of Western and Thai specials, accompanied by a fresh selection of pasta, and finally end the meal with our mouthwatering desserts. By night, sheer drapes and dimmed lighting transform VIU into a favored destination for its internationally influenced menu and seductive ambiance, clearly meant for elegant dining. The restaurant's focal point is a rustic European farmhouse style kitchen framed by rough stone. Ceiling beams and a stone slab floor add to the rustic feel. White stone-topped tables are set for two or four diners with options easily arranged for larger groups. Brightly colored table mats are changed according to the time of day to match the red and cream colored upholstered chairs. For dinner, VIU offers signature starters such as the Akami Saku Tuna Tartar where the wasabi is created as a crisp wafers rather than paste, and for our rendition of the Caesar Salad - Grilled Romaine, Crisp Parma Ham, the lettuce is grilled with Parma ham. For the main courses, Chef Matthew recommends The St. Regis Maine Lobster Thermidor, the Blackmore 500 Day Wagyu Grain Fed Skirt, and the 24 Hour Wagyu Beef Short Rib with Bloody Mary Butter which is a perfectly slow-cooked short rib that is accompanied with our interpretation of Café de Paris Butter. Among the sandwiches, one must experience the Classic Rueben Sandwich and The St. Regis Rossini Burger and among the Thai dishes, the highlights include the Spicy Thai Green Papaya Salad with Crisp School Shrimps, the Seared White Scallops with Salted Egg Sauce and the Wok-Fried Pad Thai Noodles with Tamarind glazed Maine Lobster, each offering robust, honest and full flavors. A wide selection of new and old world wines as well as fine, handcrafted cocktails complement the perfect VIU dining experience.
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2013

Average quality and variety is limited. Orange juice available on the buffet tastes like Tang and is awful, you can request fresh squeezed but this is not advised, it was by chance that I was made aware of this. Eggs are to order and delivered to your table, very slow, most other major hotels turn over while u wait and in minimal time. Overall uninspiring.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank GPDCanberra
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English first
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Chef Bastian is a genius”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had the pleasure of meeting Chef Bastian as we dined at Viu who explained or dishes to us and what went into designing them... This amazingly personalised touch was very unexpected but was an absolute joy. The dishes Bastian has created are truely some of the best you'll find in Thailand. The Beef wagu tortellini was truly special.

Visited September 2013
3 Thank MattandJessAbroad
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Level 3 Contributor
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Interesting guest chef menu'”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We went to Viu for a dinner menu prepared by a guest chef from Berlin.
The place was freezing,probably 18 degree from the air conditioning,and this was enough to spoil the nigh in the beginning.
Service was very slow,nobody seems to be available to opening our bottle of wine and we were served the first course before any bread would come to the the table.
Luckly,after a few glass of wine we dind 't felt the cold air anymore,and the food proposed by the german chef was really good.
Not to recommend as a regular dining,but i might go back for guest chefs dinner events.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank edoardo b
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
195 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Sexy Stylish Brunch!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

You can truly expect the best here at VIU for champagne brunch nothing less. Service is attentive already a plus point after the amazing spread of fine seafood bar offering amazing fresh and creamy oysters, fat prawns and alaskan crab legs to the sunday roasts, peking duck and sushi bar. The cold cuts section boasts iberico pork to the finest selection of prosciutto and hams. Oh and the soups - 3 types of creamy and clear. The variety of stews, both local (curried) and european will ensure no traveller is homesick. For the mains, you can choose from dishes serving up meats or fish. The martini selection is also novel with expresso martini or a red snapper (!) ; too kitschy. In the end, I left out the cheeses and opted for the desserts to accompany my bottomless champagne. We had a table for 10 with a spectacular view of the golf course and the horseracing racing track. The resident saxophonist also added to the atmosphere of a true sunday brunch. Don't leave Bangkok without treating yourself at VIU.

  • Visited July 2013
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5 Thank Sweetiemine
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“Sunday Brunch is WAY Below Expectations :-(”
Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Viu was the latest stop in my search for the best Sunday brunch buffet Bangkok has to offer. I went there with very high expectations, having read great reviews about it. The high price tag also implies that this place must really offer one of the best brunches in the city. As it turned out though, Viu's brunch is now tie for the worst hotel brunch in Bangkok with Renaissance's Flavors.

The brunch here starts at 12:30 P.M., which is probably the latest start for a brunch anywhere in the world. But I knew that going in so I won't take any points off for that. Upon arrival, we were informed of the bad news that there won't be any lobsters cuz the seafood shipment didn't come in. Ugh! One of the most expensive items was gone right of the bat. Sensing our hesitations to go ahead with the meal there, the assistant F&B director showed up and offer us a consolation lobster from a SECRET stash. Cool. But since lobsters weren't the main highlights at Viu, we were able to quickly move past that initial disappointment.

I went on to look at the menu and found out that most of the exotic items I read about in the reviews like venison, pheasant, and monk fish were no longer on offer. WTF. Weren't those the highlights everyone talked about in their reviews? Sensing our second wave of hesitations, our helpful waitress told us that some of those items can still be secretly ordered off the menu. Why were so many food hiding in secret?

Things never recover from there. The meat dishes we ordered all had the wrong doneness. The cold seafood line got refilled with inferior products than at the beginning. The varieties of the food on offer were clearly not in the same league as other top hotels' offerings. And the overall quality of the food just wasn't there. For example, the beef stew was tough like beef jerky. The rice was dried and crusty from the heat lamps, the roast beef was full of sinews, and the breads didn't taste any better than what you could get at a supermarket. The list goes on.

Can it get any worse you ask? Apparently so! The desserts--the last chance to salvage this whole fiasco--were pathetic. 3 cakes and a bunch of lollipops plus a chocolate fountain is not what you expect to find at a grand buffet charging a hundred U.S. dollars a pop like this place. Good thing we weren't celebrating anything significant there at Viu, otherwise the disappointment might be even greater.

All in all, the only good thing that can be said about this place is the view. We got a table right by the windows and a view of the nearby horse racecourse was beautiful. Good luck if you got seated anywhere else!

Some notable final thoughts:

1. The assistant F&B director disappeared right after he offered us the lobster, never to be seen again for the duration of our visit. Weird.

2. The helpful waitress that let us order off the menu also disappeared after she told us that. Although I did catch a few glimpses of her serving guests in other sections.

3. The servers rarely came by to take our orders or check on us. My old plates were always there when I came back after getting more food. Many times I had to go look for someone to take my order, and once I found them, they would tell me to go back to my seat and wait some more for them to go take my order from there!

  • Visited July 2013
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3 Thank Patanarerk C
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