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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
This is another nice restaurant on property at the fabulous Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok. Unlike the other hotel restaurants, this one is a "stand alone" restaurant on the beautiful tropical grounds and it sits right next to the Chao Phraya River.
Billed as the most romantic restaurant in Bangkok, this restaurant features both indoor and outdoor service. It's housed in a beautiful teakwood structure in true Thai style.
We dined here on our last evening in Bangkok. We had a long haul flight to catch in a few hours so we didn't want to eat too much. We ordered several different appetizers and split a main dish.
The appetizers included chicken satay, fried, stuffed wontons, and some steamed shrimp dumplings. All were good but could have been hotter in temperature. They were beautifully presented.
We split an order of Pad "something or other." Back home we enjoy Pad Gai and Pad Thai and this was similar. The menu included a "heat" scale for spice with one pepper being mildly spicy and four peppers blazing hot. This dish came with a one pepper rating and while it had a little zing, it perhaps could have even used a little more heat for our tastes. The dish consisted of wide rice noodles (obviously homemade because the thickness varied widely on each noodle) with shrimp.
On this particular night it was pouring down rain so outdoor dining was not an option. The restaurant featured a fine group of musicians performing classic Thai music. Later Thai dancers made the rounds.
The place was very popular, especially with young local people in love enjoying their "big night out."
The food was good but not nearly as good as the Shang Palace Chinese restaurant in the hotel. If you'd like to dine here, reservations are usually necessary. The Shangri-La is located at 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu., New Road, Bangkok. The hotel's phone number is (66) 236-8579.
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