November 17, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Resort Sala Rattanakosin. Image courtesy of the venue.
Besides offering a welcome escape from city traffic and smoggy air, dining on the banks of the Chao Phraya River gives one a glimpse of old Bangkok, amidst Buddhist temples, wooden houses, former warehouses and faded-brick shophouses. The steady river breeze, creaking of piers and the passing of slow river barges add to the ambiance.
A riverfront warehouse transformed into a charming eatery, Eat Sight Story boasts a direct cross-river view of Wat Arun. Wooden tables on an outdoor deck and an indoor dining space fitted with salvaged doors in bright blue and muted green hues is the setting for well-executed fusion nosh such as pizza kraprao moo topped with stir-fried pork and holy basil.
The Royal Thai Navy Club’s sprawling dining room covers a large open-air deck. If the heat and humidity are too much for you, though, don’t fret — there’s an air-conditioned dining room. Though the name sounds exclusive, everyone is welcome, the food is authentic — The HUNT Bangkok writer, Joe Cummings, especially recommends the kai haw bai toey (chicken roasted in pandan leaves) — and the prices are hard to beat.
Resort Sala Rattanakosin is well-known for its gorgeous two-story establishment, where both the indoor dining area — which has floor-to-ceiling windows — and outdoor patio provide killer views. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menus are filled with impressive creations by British chef Tony Wrigley, like the Thai wok omelet with blue crab, and the tikka-spiced salmon filet served with a green lentil, tomato and mint salad, ginger yogurt and a papadum.
Part of architect Duangrit Bunnag’s chill yet chic Jam Factory complex, Summer House Project is a stunning riverfront variation with a glass-enclosed dining room filled with so many palm fronds that it feels as if you’re dining in a terrarium. The menu here focuses on Western-style seafood, like crab cakes and beer-battered fish and chips.
The stylishly restored teak Supatra River House has a lovely tiled terrace with commanding views both Wat Arun and the Grand Palace. The menu is largely made up of traditional plates with contemporary touches such as salmon satay and pineapple curry with prawn, beautifully served in a pineapple. Count us in.
About The HUNT Bangkok Writer: Though Joe Cummings was born in New Orleans and raised in California, France and Washington, D.C., an interest in Buddhism drew him to Thailand. He has contributed to several guidebooks on Southeast Asia, writing about subjects ranging from tattoos to dining to Muay Thai. He is currently editor-at-large for Bangkok 101, and also plays guitar and composes music for film and TV.