The place is nice and the gardens are beautiful, but the food much less. The food was cold when we got it, some of it partially cooked (and not because it is the Thai style...)
Bua Luang IS the place for weddings and events in Lopburi,they say. I have tried lunch here before and it was pretty decent. My wife (from Lopburi) and I (not local/thai) decided to have our wedding reception here last December.If it wasnt for the presence of my friends who came all the way from Malaysia,the wedding would have been a major disaster! There are a few event spaces/rooms here,from small (10pax) to large (300pax?) This place is OLD (miss).Well,it is Lopburi and you get what you pay for,I guess. The Manager who handled our event was good and attentive (Hit) during our 3-4 meetings prior to our reception.All was planned and agreed upon 4-6 weeks prior. Being in the event industry,I wanted to meet the emcee to discuss the programme.Unfortunately,no one speaks English well here (miss) but I was reassured that they do this ALL the time and I should just leave it to them.....what a mistake! We hired the resident band,which was 2 female singers (decent) and a playback uncle (he had keyboards in front of him which didnt work and was basically a karaoke DJ) We also hired the resident emcee.He was okay with the thai part of things and spoke a bit of english. So,our grand entrance (or so we thought) .The playback music stuttered and halted during our traditional walk-in (miss)...mics were feeding back left,right and centre (miss).......playback uncle was unplugging cables and causing all kinds of noises to come out thru the PA (miss) .....we somehow shrugged all this off and carried on with the traditional ceremony.....proceedings were handled well by the emcee here (hit)..... After a short break,it was time to make our 2nd entrance in western attire...this time,a friend of mine did the playback via his laptop and all was fine! Food service time.......now this is where the staff (probably hired for the day ) were totally CLUELESS! they just plonked the dishes on the table and we had to serve ourselves! some tables had double dishes and some waited and waited..... Food was pretty bad too.....unlike our lunch experience few weeks earlier...... Seeing how things were getting bad to worse,my friends and I decided to take over the party......thats when things got better........alcohol helped! on the plus side,the karaoke DJ uncle did his job and managed to playback some requested songs from our guests...he even had 'Country Roads' !! Anyway,if you do plan to do a wedding/event here,please dont rely on the inhouse sound system....bring in your own!! We stumbled upon a new restaurant nearby,where we had dinner the night before (about 50pax) where the food was wayy better...pics/details below.... This would have probably been a better choice for us! The bill for 26 tables (25x 8pax / 1x 11pax) came to about THB 140k (food,soft drinks and some beer).We hired our own decorator (THB 5k) and Photographer/Videographer (14k)
We travelled from Khao Yai to the sunflower fields and dropped by this restaurant for a break. Since it was No 1 in TA, it was a natural choice for us. We were not expecting much and pleasantly surprised with the food and ambience... we had a really good time here. The price was reasonable too. This is the best restaurant we visited during our Thai trip.
We chose to go to Bua Luang based on the recommendations in mxtrip and other on-line rating agencies. At first glance it is easy to see why Bua Luang rates so highly. It is an elegant building, set in meticulously manicured tropical gardens with many water features. There is a choice of dining inside or in the gardens in gazebos or al fresco. The waiters are immaculately turned out in razor-creased black trousers, starched white shirts and black ties. Even their shoes were polished, I noticed. But at the end I was disappointed because the food was anodyne. Don't get me wrong. There was nothing amiss with anything we ordered. It was just that in such a special setting I had imagined that the food would be a little above the pedestrian. But it wasn't. Each dish we ordered we could have enjoyed at equal quality, and at a lesser price, at any Thai restaurant that knows the basics. We had deep fried salted sea bass, braised pork spare ribs, chili paste with vegetables, stir fried mixed vegetables and rice. With one bottle of beer and three soft drinks the bill was Baht 1,100, before tip. I am sorry, but I cannot award five stars to Bua Luang because in the end it is the food that is the final arbiter.