Tucked away from the noise and bustle of Bangkok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, this restaurant is part of the colonial-style Praya Palazzo, a beautifully restored former palace that oozes character. This is somewhere for a special occasion, and you'll have to book ahead, as the only access is via the hotel's shuttle from Phra Arthit Pier. Once there, you can soak up the elegant ambience of the dining room with its arched doorways, wooden floors, and crisp tablecloths. Pictorial boards at the entrance display the attention to detail that went into the renovation of this colonial mansion. The staff are extremely helpful with recommendations from the short menu of Thai and Mediterranean cuisine, among which you'll find a few dishes not found elsewhere, like the gang ranchman— a spicy beef soup with shrimp paste. Everything is prepared to perfection, and this place is truly deserving of the overused cliche "hidden gem," as its patrons tend to be limited to those who stay in its handful of rooms and a few Thais in the know. It's also open for breakfast and afternoon tea, but it's the dinner menu that is the real appeal here.
Praya Palazzo Hotel, 757/1 Somdej Prapinklao Soi 2
Our Rating Neighborhood Phra Arthit Road Area Hours Daily 6:30am–10pm Transportation Private shuttle boat from Phra Arthit Pier Phone 02/883-2998 Prices Main dishes 370B–950B Cuisine Type Thai/Mediterranean Web site Praya Dining
MapPraya Palazzo Hotel, 757/1 Somdej Prapinklao Soi 2 Bangkok
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