From now until the 13 March, the largest buffet in town is getting a Thai twist.

While the Windsor Plaza Hotel may be famous for its annual Oktoberfest beer-athon, its enormous evening buffet is worth a trip to District 5 at any time of the year (just leave your lederhosen at home).

Thai Culinary Showcase at Café Central An DongPriced at  VND558,000++ per person Monday to Friday, and VN628,000++ at weekends, it may also be one of the best value buffets in town. Glasses, jugs and towers of traditional German beer are also available if you really can’t wait.

With what seems like an endless twisting parade of food counters, including barbecues, hotplates, seafood displays, sushi carts, fish tanks, a meat-loaded carvery, an Italian pasta kitchen and, most importantly, a large dessert table, the choice here is staggering while the quality remains consistently high throughout.

As part of the hotel’s week-long celebration of Thai culture, two special guest-chefs have been flown in from Thailand to present a daily rotation of exquisite Thai soups, salads, stir-fries and desserts, including tom khai gai, moo pad num mun hoy, pad Thai and, of course, a mountain of tender chicken satay sticks. The classics are all there, expertly recreated in the traditional style, as well as some lesser-known specialities.

Thai dancers are also on-hand to liven up the atmosphere and Thai travel companies, Nature Tourist and Thai Airways, are offering free consultations and travel tips.

The festivities won’t last long, and neither will those satay sticks!