NO doubt about it. Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside is one of the best value five-star hotels in Bangkok. Not just for accommodation – but also for dining.
Take Eurasian Grill. Secreted away at the far end of the hotel lobby in a quiet, exclusive room furnished with well-dressed tables, elegant, high-back chairs, and a centerpiece crystal chandelier, this serene, refined venue may lack the ready vibrancy of a more casual grill room, but there’s still plenty of vitality in its food – a lip-smacking blend of Asian and European dishes made using top quality ingredients. And all affordable, too.
The same philosophy carries over into two special four-course set menus, including the Asian Culinary Experience and the award-winning Chef’s Signature Thai Menu. The former features highlights such as Pan fried foie gras with pomelo salad and tamarind sauce, Spicy lemongrass soup with river prawns, and Coconut panna cotta with mango sorbet enhanced with palm sugar caramel; the latter, delectable treats like Spicy shredded and salted pork salad served with fried spicy minced chicken; Spicy shrimp wonton soup (a real tongue zinger!); Braised beef massaman curry served with grain fried rice; and Pumpkin custard and butterfly pea and lemon juice. Each set menu is great value for money at just B750++ per person.
“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine,” reads a quote printed at the top of the menu. A handpicked selection of fine international labels ensures there’s always fine weather here, including a good Australian Cab Sav and Chardonnay both starting at just B200++ per glass. The Thai-inspired cocktails, priced B260++ each, are also well worth checking out. Our favourite: Chilli Shock – Galliano infused flaming chilli peppers on a mix of bourbon, cherry brandy and apple juice.
The best way to reach the hotel, if you’re not driving, is to take the hotel’s free shuttle boat from Saphan Taksin pier (leaves every 30 mins). Travelling upriver while enjoying a gentle breeze is a real pleasure, and the perfect prelude to any meal.
2074 Charoenkrung Rd. Open daily 6pm-10pm, 02 688 1000.