THE Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside Hotel recently underwent a makeover which has seen the property spruce up its rooms, modernise its facilities, and retool its already popular bars and restaurants. The results are a boon for us diners, of course, because this means we get to enjoy new menus in new-look venues while still relishing the hotel’s superb riverside ambience.
The restaurant’s carefully considered menu is divided between appetizers, soups, seafood, meats, and desserts, and each category lists no more than five dishes. Slim pickings? Not at all – the chefs simply focus on quality over quantity, which means diners are still spoilt for choice as each dish is made with only the finest ingredients on offer, including pungent Thai herbs which are proudly displayed in a small garden near the restaurant’s entrance.
Family-style platters and sharing portions make up several of the selections here, so when you order a starter like the Shellfish lavishly on ice (B1,450++), don’t be surprised to find that, with its bountiful mix of fresh oysters, New Zealand mussels, river prawns, spider crabs, and Canadian lobster, it could easily feed a party of four (although with seafood this fresh, most people in your group will probably fight for every tasty morsel).
Another good starter, and suitable as a single dish, is the Poached Canadian lobster with green asparagus (B520++), which comes drizzled with vanilla oil and topped with truffle paste; while The French all-time favourite, Pan-fried foie gras with Thai grapefruit salad and tamarind sauce (B450++), takes a European gourmet staple and gives it a delicious local twist, making it a must order for anyone wanting to experience new flavours.
For mains, the Spanish supreme paella (B520++) and Thai massaman lamb shank served with garlic fried rice (B520++) are popular choices, and the Grilled Australian beef tenderloin with foie gras, spinach, porcini cannelloni, crispy potato and apple rosemary jus (B850++) is a must-try for beef fans.
To finish, the Tiramisu (B180++) impresses with its rich and creamy taste and share-worthy size, while other sweet temptations include Warm chocolate with vanilla ice cream (B160++) and Blueberry cheesecake (B220++).
Coconut Terrace is open daily from 11am-11pm. Local beers start at B190++; cocktails at B280++. Seating in air-con is available. A free-shuttle boat to the hotel is available every 30 mins from Saphan Taksin Pier.
Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside Hotel
Tel: 02 688 1000 www.ramadaplazamenamriverside.com