Authentic Thai home-style foods and cocktails in a sala setting lend additional spice to a definitive Thai dining experience.
The Peninsula Bangkok’s Thiptara restaurant has expanded its array of dining and relaxation choices with the addition of a classical Thai-style lounge where guests can gather before or after dinner for cocktails and appetizers, or simply come together to socialize.
Set in the upper sala, the slightly elevated lounge offers the opportunity for guests to immerse in a bygone era of intimate elegance. Traditional Thai cushions, bolsters and low tables allow for comfortable seating while enjoying a selection of innovative cocktails and snacks. Wicker lanterns hang from the open air high-vaulted roof of the sala while antique Thai furnishings, artworks and artefacts create a warm, authentic relaxing atmosphere.
Sight lines extend beneath the boughs of trees through to the river, as well as to the resort’s dramatic swimming pool and the Naturally Peninsula Garden where the fresh Thai herbs that distinguish Thiptara’s refined home-style cuisine are grown.
Presented on a vintage style menu the dishes served in the lounge range from Shrimp with green mango salad, Beef marinated in yellow curry and hot basil, charcoal grilled Chicken satay marinated in red curry, among others items.
The Chef de Cuisine Chamnan Thepchana has also created three new set menus that will take diners on a culinary tour of Thailand. For instance, one menu draws its appetizer from Chiang Mai, its soup from Phuket, its main courses from Surattani and its dessert from Petchburi. Another group visits Nakhon Pathom, Khon Kaen, Rayong and Ayudhya while the third menu tours Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, Yasothon and Nong Khai. Featured dishes range from steamed pork sausage with jelly noodles and Grilled salt-crusted sea bass to Beef sirloin with spicy tamarind sauce and Egg custard with mung beans.
Thiptara, which aptly translates as ‘River from Heaven’, gives the feeling of being invited into a well-to-do traditional Thai home of yesteryear. Guests can choose to dine on the riverside terrace for a panoramic view of the water activities and the historic architecture, or in the antique salas in a garden setting, shaded by a giant banyan tree.
The Lounge is open daily from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm and the restaurant from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm. Dinner only seating is for 68 people, including four salas and the terrace.