Thailand is a culture that revolves around the dinner table, where meals are woven into the fabric of culture and society. The standards for good food are high, and there is no lack of fine dining options in Bangkok, both for Thai and international cuisine, offering world-class cuisine to connoisseurs.
A memorable cruise down the Chao Phraya River accompanied by a fine meal is truly an experience of a lifetime, and one place to enjoy such an evening than on the “Manohra”, the Marriott’s beautifully restored authentic rice barge. Enjoy the exotic sights and sounds of a world on the river, full of history, experiencing a journey as you escape the city and cruise the waters of Thailand’s mighty Chao Phraya, River of Kings. First opened in the winter of 2003,
Sirocco at The Dome has generated a lot of buzz from the beginning. The Sirocco roof bar restaurant is pretty breathtaking jutting into the skyline of the city like the deck of a space ship with the entrancing glow of the Sky Bar. When sipping on after-dinner cocktails, Sirocco bar is also one of Bangkok’s best live jazz venues, with international performers six nights a week.
On the 52nd floor of State Tower, glass sky-bridge, complete with a majestic viewing gallery of the city below, brings you into Breeze in dramatic fashion. Breeze Restaurant serves an array of authentic, luxury-class Asian-style seafood and barbecue dishes with the finest seafood imported from all around the world. Balcony edged seats offer guests the opportunity to dine while enjoying vertical views of the city below.
Not quite as elevated (but no less spectacular) is one venue perched at the top of The Oriental Bangkok hotel, where you take a private lift to a long room with the Chao Phraya River on one side, and the glittering city on the other, under the glow from fine chandeliers while black-tied waiters greet you with the perfect blend of friendliness and formality. This is Le Normandie, certainly one of Bangkok’s best French restaurants. Situated adjacent to the BTS station at Surasak, the regal Blue Elephant restaurant sits in a beautifully renovated building that once was a leading department store and served as the Japanese Military headquarters during WWII. The interior’s beautiful decor now exudes an extremely warm charm along with elegant table settings while Thai cultural dancers in traditional dress entertain guests.
Tsunami, of course, means big wave and an impressive sculpture waveform runs around each section of the expansive restaurant at the JW Marriott, creating an interesting, unique space. The sections are Tsu; traditional Japanese cuisine, dedicated to sushi and sashimi. A bar and lounge and another section called Nami, which is teppanyaki style, is where chefs show their cooking skills in front of patrons. Guests can select from Kobe, Matsuzaka, or Australian beef, seafood or seafood / meat combinations.
Hidden in the middle of busy Bangkok, The Face restaurant and bar is a large wooden Thai traditional house rendered in the Lanna (northern Thailand) style. The chic ambiance of is complete with Indian and Thai cuisine, a classy bar, pastry shop, and café. It is ideal for a great atmosphere, surrounded by lush vegetation and encapsulated in the grounds of a beautiful residence, where travelers and traders come to eat, drink and talk face to face.
The celebrated Mahanaga restaurant offers a blend of classic and modern Thai cuisine, in an elegant setting within a converted colonial house, a cozy cocktail lounge opens up into a lush garden courtyard where you can dine under the stars or in air-conditioned in one of the pavilions alongside the garden.
In London, Met Bar is hottest nighttime haunt west of Ibiza. Now, its newest sister, The Met Bar Metropolitan Hotel Bangkok, delivers the same for the Asian capital, answering a sophisticated need for privacy and energy in a space reserved for hotel guests and members only. The who’s who of Bangkok can be seen here boogying down on Friday night or at the occasional late-night fashion show.
For a more sedate vibe, there is Diplomat Bar, an upscale lounge inside the Conrad Hotel, is decorated with silk couches for lounging, features a large bar with premium liquors along with live jazz. The crowd here is made up of the diplomatic corps from nearby embassies as well as well-heeled Thai socialites. And you can’t go wrong at the legendary Bamboo Bar in The Oriental, where you can sip on anything from a tropical Mai Tai or a classic martini in a sophisticated setting Joseph Conrad or Humphrey Bogart would approve of.