Still relatively new on the city scene, the 303 room Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse opened just over a year ago. It’s a lovely property, which is reason enough to visit, but if you need added impetus then make it a point to try Yào Restaurant and Rooftop Bar. The main dining area, which features a chic modern-Chinese décor, is located on the 32nd floor, while the open-air rooftop area is one flight up.
Reflecting Cantonese and Shanghai cuisines, the selection is vast, with a la carte options, dim sum favourites, set menus and tasting menus, vegetarian specialties, a selection of premium teas, and much more. To narrow it down, here are eight delicious reasons to check out Yào Restaurant and Rooftop Bar. Why eight? Well, according to Chinese tradition it’s the luckiest number.
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- 1. There are great vegetarian options.
- 2. You can get a true taste of Shanghai.
- 3. And of course, there's the Peking Duck.
- 4. Fans of juicy pork belly are most welcome.
- 5. The Dim Sum game is on point.
- 6. Seafood lovers have to try the King River Prawn.
- 7. There's plenty in store for the sweet-toothed gourmand.
- 8. The views.
For starters, the Flower Shaped Bean Curd with Morel Mushroom Soup (THB 388) is a fabulous vegetarian option. The velvety soft tofu is intricately sliced, somewhat resembling a chrysanthemum, and floats languorously in a beautiful mushroom broth.
The 9 Elements of Shanghai (THB 488) is a sample platter containing nine miniature items, divided into three categories – vegetables, land, and sea – which reflect things the average Chinese person might eat in a normal day. Favourites such as crispy pork, tomato cherries, “drunken” chicken, and diced jellyfish are here given a gourmet spin.
Ordering Peking Duck is always a treat, but Yào’s expertly prepared versions – traditional or Thai style (THB 2,288) – come with traditional pancake stuffings such as spring onion, cucumber, and Hoisin sauce, but the added flair of caviar, cantaloupe, and a yummy lychee butterfly pea jam sends things over the top. As for the rest of the duck, try it minced and wok-fried with a tasty black pepper sauce.
The tender Crispy Pork with Wasabi Hoisin Sauce is so beautifully plated – a perfect square of rich, fatty pork belly cut into nine bite size morsels – it almost looks like a dessert. Available in medium (THB 588) and large (THB 888) portion servings.
From the Dim Sum menu the melt-in-your-mouth Shanghai Style Juicy Pork Buns (6pcs/THB 198), are addictive, while the more lavish “Haw Gao” Foie Gras and Shrimp (3pcs/THB 258) dumplings are coloured black with squid ink and come served with a dollop of buttery foie gras.
The Braised Ayutthaya King River Prawn in Oolong Tea Sauce (THB 988) is a suitably indulgent dish, especially for seafood lovers.
From the dessert menu both the Chilled Chamomile Tea Poached Pear with Bird Nest and Aloe Jelly (THB 358) and the chilled Mango Sago and Cantaloupe (THB 258) are sweet – but not too sweet – ways to end a fabulous feast.
Apart from the fabulous food and beverages, the panoramic city views – whether from Yào’s indoor restaurant or the 33rd floor open-air rooftop bar – are positively stunning, and not something you normally associate with hotel Chinese restaurants.
Yào Restaurant and Rooftop Bar at Bangkok Marriot The Hotel Surawongse is open daily from 11.30-14.30 for lunch and 18.00-22.30 for dinner. All prices subject to 7% applicable government tax and 10% service charge. To make reservations call 02-088-5666. bangkokmarriottsurawongse.com