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“So not worthy of the 1st place...”

The Rain Tree Cafe at The Athenee Hotel
Ranked #21 of 11,249 Restaurants in Bangkok
Price range: USD 15 - USD 91
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The Rain Tree Café has been conceived in a modern interpretation of Thai neo-colonial interior décor + style. Three separate but complementary spaces evidencing extreme elegance and making excellent use of natural light are interwoven with threads of touching homeliness. These three unique areas are cleverly interwoven and are aptly named: The Bronze Kitchen upgraded with interactive live cooking stations, The Valaya Room with its formal library-style "VIP" space and The Secret Garden for more private affairs. Enjoy an inspiring voyage of discovery on our stunning international buffet that also features five specialty dishes of the day from our specialist head chefs. Service for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch and Dessert Buffet.
Reviewed 16 January 2012

Maybe for the brunch it may be awesome, but for dinner I have to say it is average, at best. Service was poor and slow... food was good, but definitely not excellent and pricey, as one might expect such places shoud be...

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6  Thank Ricardo_C_BR
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

I was lulled into thinking that as the number 1 restaurant on Trip Advisor, this would be the number 1 restaurant in BKK - not so. Its nice, has a nice buffet with good variety and nice staff, but there are better if you want a great meal in BKK.

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5  Thank David D
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Lobster, caviar, prawns, pasta, crab, endless food & free flowing drinks.
Such a memorable xmas lunch with friends.
It's the Rain tree cafe. Not the Ritz Carlton London so it may feel slightly & I say very slighlty like a cafe...hence the name....but it is amazing. Best food, everything looks so good & for $100 a head including drinks, carollers, singer, santa, service just incredible.
Cant rate it less than 5 stars. I also ate at Lord jims at Mandarin orienatal which was a better restaurant with the riverview & fish tank & impeccable service but this was & is deserving of a top ranking Bangkok restaurant dining experience.

Very nice hotel, great selection of food & free flowing drinks. the only probalem is lasting 3 hours & not exploding. I generally like ala carte but this was one of the best days eating i have had & on Xmas to boot! do it

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1  Thank willbow
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Giuseppe_Fornillo, Manager at The Rain Tree Cafe at The Athenee Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2012

Dear willbow

Thank you for dining at The Rain Tree Café and for taking the time to share your comments on the TripAdvisor website.

We are happy to learn that you and friends enjoyed our Christmas Day brunch. We are also pleased of how much you appreciated our Christmas feast along with carol singers, Santa Claus and our friendly and helpful service provided by our associates. They are a great asset to the hotel and I have shared your comments with them.

Once again, thank you for sharing your wonderful and memorable experiences and for choosing to dine with us. We are looking forward, to welcoming you and your friends again, to The Rain Tree Café at Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel.

Kind Regards,

Giuseppe Fornillo
Executive Assistant Manager

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Reviewed 3 January 2012

The rain tree cafe is one of the most refreshing places i ever been . A must visit and highly recommended

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Reviewed 1 January 2012

After so many positive comments by travellers on the rain tree cafe, decided to make a reservation via the internet. Paid about B$3000 for an afternoon of indulgence.
Arrived at a quarter to 12 and saw a massive crowd already waiting to go in. I was very worried that this would be a very rushed and unpleasant dining experience but how very wrong i was.
After registering ourselves with the maitre d, we were told our table number and was promptly seated by 12. Here are some tips on the best way to enjoy the Buffett.
There are little clips on every table which you have to take with you as you place an order for the more popular stations like the BBQ seafood/lobster. Although there was a sizeable crowd, the cooked food took only 15 mins to reach our table. The stations that tend to have a wait time are the drinks, BBQ seafood sections. With the rest of the other stations, (Japanese, Chinese, French, Italian), one could simply saunter in, choose whatever takes your fancy and enjoy the food.
The spread is extensive. From all kinds of oysters, massive choice in calviar, scallops, abalone, dim sum, peking duck, roast and prime ribs are all there for you to sample to your hearts delight.
As for the beverages, there was unlimited serving of Jeanne D Arc Brut bubbly, different cocktails including non alcoholic varieties, OJ and a wide array of ice and traditional coffees. The 2 staff manning the drinks station are fairly quick, however, if you do not wish to wait for your drinks, you would need to bring one of those number clips along.
Although there was a huge crowd, the dining experience was extremely pleasant. I did not get the feeling that everyone was in a rush and was pushing their way to get what they want. ( this is purely subjective of course that i did not experience screaming and out of control children and adults who have forgotten ettiquette associated with dining). The fact that there was plenty of staff waiting on tables also helped enhance the dining experience.
As brunch last from 12- 3, one could afford to drink, eat and still engage in meaningful conversation. One should visit the rain tree cafe at least once when in Bangkok. Make it a priority, you will not be sorry.

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5  Thank Rafflesia
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