You might not have heard of Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro, but you surely must have heard of Cocotte Farm Roast and Winery, yes, the one of tomahawk steak and roast chicken fame. Pesca is Cocotte’s sister restaurant, focusing more on seafood (thus the name), though familiar dishes like the tomahawk can be found here too.
Pesca recently introduced their weekly Sunday Brunch Party, one that promised a holistic family-friendly experience. Having the need to spend Sundays together with 2 little kids in tow, I was curious to see whether they could deliver their promises. Also, I was fortunate enough to visit on a weekend that my favourite patisserie in town Paris Mikki conducted their first-ever dessert takeover event at Pesca, which made the day all the more special.
Walking into Pesca, I was greeted by 2 distinct zones – this air-conditioned ‘alfresco-dining’ zone for those who love natural sunlight.
The vibe became more and more lively as the afternoon wore on.
And a darker more intimate indoor area which also bustled with energy during the Sunday Brunch Party.
Pesca’s food selection must have been heaven for oyster and cold-cut lovers. The selection of cheeses, charcuterie and crusty bread was endless. I personally prefer warm food and was happy to find Cocotte’s famous tender succulent rotisserie chicken on the warm buffet line. The minced Wagyu beef with mashed potatoes was also excellent.
Free-flow oysters, shrimp and crab mayonnaise.
Huge selection of cheeses.
Crusty bread and cold cuts galore.
Sides on the warm buffet line.
Their signature fries were made-to-order. Don’t underestimate them. These fries were incredibly good!
Whole sea bass.
Roast beef and my favourite rotisserie chicken.
House cocktails, sangria and assorted wines were also available for diners who chose the free-flow package.
One of the many drinks I had.
Desserts were pretty special during my visit. Paris Mikki did a complete takeover, offering many of their signature pastry in bite-size portions, and even made macaroons, which are usually not sold at their 2 locations in town (Asoke and Central Embassy). I got lucky, but I heard that the standard Pesca desserts available every week are equally satisfying, albeit in a more rustic and hearty way.
Paris Mikki’s dessert takeover.
My kids couldn’t wait to get started.
How can you resist?
Food aside, what I was most interested in, was whether Pesca’s Brunch Party could provide a truly family-friendly experience for us – where kids could have fun, and parents had room to spend their afternoon in ‘relative’ peace. I brought my kids to the playroom upstairs and was relieved to find a couple of kind nannies who quickly warmed to my kids. There was a table full of games and a projector playing animated films. I left in a hurry and my kids didn’t follow me. In fact, my wife and I enjoyed most of our afternoon with only each other’s company. The final icing on the cake was that the brunch party was FREE for kids under 8.
Kids having fun in the playroom upstairs. The nannies took good care of them.
In summary, whether you are a tourist spending a weekend here or a resident in Bangkok, especially if you have little kids in tow, Pesca’s Sunday Brunch is definitely a legitimate choice to spend a lazy Sunday in this busy city. It has taken the meaning of family-friendly to a level where other Sunday brunches will find hard to match, and at 1490++THB per adult (2900++THB with free-flow drinks), presents good value in an accessible location (Ekamai Soi 12).