IN a city where restaurants often come and go with alarming speed, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok’s signature Thai restaurant has certainly stood the test of time, recently celebrating its 30th anniversary.
To celebrate this milestone, Suan Bua recently underwent an extensive renovation and the results are striking indeed. The revamped space now features a contemporary Thai design offset by floor-to-ceiling windows which look out onto the hotel’s lush garden. Guests can opt to dine indoor, semi-outdoor on the terrace, or completely outdoor right next to the garden.
The restaurant’s menu, which was also tweaked during the downtime, features dishes from all regions of the kingdom, ranging from spicy southern curries to piquant northeastern soups and milder northern fare. All food is prepared using the finest local and imported ingredients, as evident in signature dishes such as Wagyu beef flank soup with sweet potato (B350++); and Gang Massaman Nong Gae (B690++), New Zealand lamb shank braised for six hours, served in a massaman curry with purple and yellow sweet potato.
Other highlights include Goong Sa Rong (B310++), fried shrimps wrapped in Phuket noodles; Spicy and crispy morning glory salad (B290++); Minced chicken in shrimp paste dip served with vegetables (B290++); and Goong Maenam Yang Rad Hoylai Phad Prik Khing (B590++), grilled river prawns with spicy clam meat.
Heading up the restaurant’s kitchen is Chef Santiphap Petchwao, who has over 17 years of experience in the trade. Many of his dishes are made using recipes that date back to the Ayutthaya period, some 100 years ago. When it comes to authenticity, well, it doesn’t get more bona fide than this – a great place to take visitors from out of town.
Open daily from 11.30am-2.30pm and 6pm-10.30pm. Reservations are recommended.
1695 Phaholyothin Rd. (Ladprao MRT). 02 541 1234 ext 4151 centarahotelsresorts.com/cglb