Thai restaurants claiming to serve the Royal Thai Cuisine can be found everywhere in the city, but many of them just make it all up to get the attention of tourists or local alike. Chakrabongse Dining, however, has what it got to be defined as an authentic royal Thai restaurant. Located in the former royal residence-turned-boutique hotel Chakrabongse Villas on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, Chakrabongse Dining provides a celestial royal Thai cuisine from the Chakrabongse family’s original recipes.
On the far side of a lush tropical garden of the hotel unveils a traditional Thai riverside pavilion jutting into the river. Comprising both indoor area and outdoor terrace, the restaurant is richly decked with wooden flooring and ceiling, oozing a warm and welcoming aura, and encased by sliding glass patio doors that allow guests to enjoy a breathtaking view of the river and some of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks like Wat Arun and Wat Kalayanamit. Seating arrangement is flexible depending on the number of guests and their requests.
The Chakrabongse Dining’s kitchen is led by Chef Worawat Thonglor, who draws upon his rich culinary experience to create classic Thai dishes from the royal recipes using ingredients from the local market. The restaurant offers a table d’hôte menu for each day of the week. However, guests can also customize some of the menu as they prefer in advance.
Time-Honored Recipes from the Royal Court
The royal feast starts with three petite appetizers, served on a half round bamboo pole, which include gai hor bai toey, pandanus chicken served with sweet soya sauce; sakoo sai moo, steamed cassava ball filled with turnip and peanut paste; and satay goong, prawn satay served with peanut and cucumber relish. They look so simple yet absolutely elegant with a taste to die for.
Traditionally flavored and made with local ingredients, the yum som o (pomelo salad) bestows exceptional inherently Thai flavors with a mixture of pomelo, shredded boiled chicken breast, roasted peanut, shallots, and coconuts, laced with Thai seasoning and served on betal leaves.
Fiber-filled and vitamin-rich soup, the gaeng liang goong sod dishes out superbly spicy flavors from the time-honored recipe with a combination of bouncy prawns and mixed vegetables like pumpkin, baby corn, mushrooms, snake gourds, and hairy basil leaves, flavored with spicy paste made with Thai herbs and spices.
The classic curry gaeng gati poo bai cha ploo is bold and flavorful with huge crabmeat chunks and aromatic betal leaves cooked in coconut milk with a dash of kaffir leaves and lemongrass. The dish is slightly hot and spicy with an intense and smooth flavor from coconut milk and delicate crabmeat.
The pad phed ped yang, made with stir-fried duck fillets with chilies and garden herbs, is a truly worth-having dish. It arrives to the table with the incredible aroma of the exotic herbs and spices like Thai eggplant, devil’s fig, galangal, chili, black pepper, and basil, which goes very well with the smoky, tender fried duck.
For a deliciously healthy dish, consider the pad yod ma ra nam man hoi. The young leaves and stems from the tip-top of chayote trees are delicately fried with oyster sauce. It is astonishingly satisfying with its texture which is somewhere between crisp and moist.
With a lot of attention to details, the khao niao ma muang or sticky rice with mango here is at the top of its game. The chef uses the coconut flavored black sticky rice for a soft yet firm texture, garnished with petal-shaped mangos before finishing it with coconut milk and crispy mung beans.
The meal ends with a platter of seasonal fruits, meticulously craved and displayed, which includes mango, guava, papaya, watermelon, pomelo, pineapple, and grape.
Chakrabongse Dining treats all guests like royalty with a beautiful range of authentic Thai favorites from the palace’s own recipes on the grounds of the former royal residence next to Chao Phraya River. This exclusive dinner set is priced at B2,250 per person (beverages excluded). Reservation is required at least one day in advance since the restaurant can only accommodate up to 20 persons for dinner.
Dinner from 18:00 hrs.
1 Day Advance Reservation Required
Direct contact call 089 810 0498