Bangkok’s premium hotel scene is not yet welcoming back throngs of international tourists, but many have reopened their restaurants – which is great news for city-bound gourmands.
As Bangkok’s fine dining scene slowly gets back on its feet, many of the city’s hotel restaurants are coming back to life and welcoming guests once more. Of course, all necessary post-pandemic safety restrictions will be firmly in place at each venue, which means you can enjoy a taste of the “old normal” while coping with the ever-changing parameters of the “new normal”.
The Siam Kempinski hotel opened ALATi Mediterranean restaurant right before the pandemic lockdown began, which was unfortunate timing all ’round. However, now that the restaurant has reopened, it’s time to sample Executive Chef Carlo Valenziano’s delicious new ‘Up the Road’ menu. It includes top-quality, flavoursome dishes such as: spiced lamb and pistachio flatbread; pumpkin hummus, burrata and muhammara; truffle chicken liver paté; falafel or chicken gyros pitta; and cavatelli bolognese. The restaurant is currently open daily from 12 noon to 8pm, and all seating is designated a respectful distance from other diners.
Address: 991/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan
Tel: +66(0)2 162 9000
If you want plenty of choice, then Praya Kitchen Thai restaurant at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse is definitely worth visiting. Their unlimited à la carte menu features over 70 items, including seafood options such as tiger prawns, river prawns, blue crab, mussels, rock lobsters, and clams. Or, opt for the dry-aged prime ribs and Australian Wagyu, choosing from striploin, beef frank, ribeye and D-rump cuts. Lunches (Saturday and Sunday) run from 11am till 3pm, and are priced at THB 1,088++, with a complimentary dish of chef’s signature, stir-fried crab with yellow curry powder. Dinners (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) run from 5pm till 9pm, priced at THB 1,388++, and include 1 portion of banana blossom salad with foie gras, baked lobster with cheese and steamed Australian mussels with white wine sauce.
Address: 262 Surawong Rd, Si Phraya
Tel: +66(0)2 088 5666
Penthouse Grill + Bar
The ever glamorous Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel is renowned for its sleek, contemporary architecture and luxurious residential interiors, but local foodies love it just as much for the award-winning Penthouse Grill + Bar on the 34th floor (levels 35 and 36 are also open for diners as well). To celebrate it’s reopening, chef Dominic Hong has created an amazing, new à la carte menu guaranteed to please meat lovers, seafood enthusiasts, and even those with a plant-based menu preference. Gourmet highlights include 48-hour slow-cooked Cape Grim short rib from Australia, and a bronze tower filled to the brim with some of the finest seafood in the world. Chef Dominic has also created an express lunch menu – featuring such selections as tomato panzanella salad and chipotle chicken and sweet potato – plus a scrumptious weekend brunch featuring Penthouse eggs benedict, fried chicken and waffle, and avocado toast.
Address: Central Embassy, 88 Witthayu Rd.
Tel: +66(0)2 011 7480
Kintsugi by Jeff Ramsey
There are many great restaurants at The Athenee Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, but one of the most recent to launch was Kintsugi by Jeff Ramsey. Located on the hotel’s 3rd floor epicurean hub, this modern kaiseki restaurant has now fully reopened and is offering four super deal lunch sets along with its regular lunch and dinner menus. The four new ‘teishoku’ set lunch menus all offer a choice of three appetizers and one dessert, and include organic rice, miso soup and pickles. The price varies with the main course: grilled hamachi, grilled king mackerel, oroshi katsu or pork belly shabu (THB 700); unagi donburi (THB 850); grilled Alaskan king crab (THB 900); or Grade MB9 Australian Wagyu (THB 1,000). The à la carte lunch and dinner menus, meanwhile, include signature dishes such as Nagano walnut soba noodles, unagi donburi, chilled Japanese eggplant with tomato gelée, and kin kat, a savoury sweet ice cream sandwich that comprises roast foie gras and VSOP cognac coated with a chocolate shell. Lunch runs from 12noon to 2:30pm, and dinner runs from 6pm till 10:30pm.
Address: 61 Witthayu Rd, Lumphini
Tel: +66(0)2 650 8800
Vertigo restaurant, at the iconic Banyan Tree Bangkok hotel, is considered by many locals to be the best al fresco rooftop dining venue in Bangkok. It’s undoubtedly an unforgettable spot for enjoying the charm of Bangkok’s skyline, and as of June 6th it’s back in action – everyday from 5pm till 9:30pm – with new set menus start from only THB 1,599++ (or visit the Banyan Tree Facebook page to see about getting the special reduced rates starting from only THB 1,199 net). Meanwhile, at the hotel’s Bai Yun Chinese restaurant guests can also indulge in unlimited Dim Sum, combined with more than 36 à-la-carte selections of legendary nouvelle Cantonese cuisine specialties, everyday from 11:30am till 9:30pm.
Address: 21/100 South, South Sathorn Rd.
Tel: +66(0)2 679 1200