Delightful all-day dining venue on the riverbank terrace features lavish buffets and live cooking stations

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December 17th, 2012

 

The Peninsula Bangkok enjoys a wonderful location on the banks of the Chao Phraya River that flows through the heart of the Bangkok metropolis, offering guests an enticing waterfront lifestyle experience. Whilst the main hotel tower is set back from the riverfront, two dining venues have been established at the water’s edge- River Cafe & Terrace, and Thiptara Thai Restaurant.  River Cafe & Terrace features a casually elegant, waterfront all-day dining experience, combining buffets, and A la Carte menus of Asian and Western cuisines, served from live cooking stations. Guests can choose between indoor and outdoor dining spaces- both offering up-close vistas of the bustling river traffic.

River Cafe & Terrace serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 6:00 pm in the evenings, with last orders at 10:30 pm. The restaurant is easily accessed from downtown Bangkok by the frequent ( every 10 minutes up until midnight) hotel shuttle boats- traditional teakwood vessels that ply between the hotel’s private jetty and the pier at the BTS Skytrain Saphan Taksin Station- a short 5 minute passage.

The Peninsula Bangkok occupies a prime riverfront location on the Chao Phraya River – close to the business and shopping heart of the Bangkok metropolis. The prestigious hotel is consistently acclaimed amongst the upper echelon of the best hotels in Asia and the World, and offers both guests and local Bangkok residents the renowned Peninsula graceful service, together with exceptional dining experiences.

The riverfront Terrace

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Riverfront tables on the terrace present panoramic views of the river traffic and city skyline on the opposite bank.

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Generously spaced terrace tables are sheltered under overhead fabric awnings- all tables have unobstructed river views.

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The luxuriant lawn and gardens separate the main hotel tower from the riverfront terrace.

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Two open-air live cooking stations are located behind the terrace – chefs prepare dishes of both local and international cuisines.

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The cooking station closest to the riverfront serves carvery, grilled meats and seafood.

The indoor Cafe and Buffet

The River Cafe offers a modern, cosmopolitan menu, attractively priced, that combines selections of dishes from Asian and Western cuisines. The dishes are based on an uncomplicated style of preparation that utilises fresh, authentic ingredients to create dishes typical of the different cuisines. The indoor buffet counters offer lavish selections of appetisers and desserts, with main courses being served from the outdoor cooking stations. The cooking stations serve a variety of specialties including Pastas & Rice, BBQ Grills, Carvery, Asian Stir Fries, and Curries.

Highlights from the A la Carte Menu include-  Pla Baramundi Neung Ma-Nao- Steamed Baramundi fillet in kaffir lime sauce; Pan-fried duck liver- with apple compote and balsamic jus; Gaeng Phed Ped Yang- Roasted duck red curry with lychees; Surf & Turf- Grilled Australian beef tenderloin, roasted ½ Boston lobster, Red wine shallot jus; and Crispy Salmon Fillet- Zucchini cannelloni, spicy Italian salami compote, beurre blanc.

Desserts feature both Thai and Western delicacies- ‘The Peninsula’ Cheesecake with Blackberry compote; Khao-Niew Ma-Muang- Thai mango and sticky rice with coconut cream; and Crunchy Praline and Chocolate Mousse, with raspberry sorbet.

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Buffet selections are presented in the adjoining indoor section of the River Cafe & Terrace.

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The indoor buffet offers a wide choice of appetizers, salads, soups of the day, and desserts.

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The elegant indoor cafe space also includes table settings on a slightly raised level above the buffet counters.

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Tables at the front of the room enjoy views of the river and the hotel shuttle boats arriving and departing at the private pier.

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Selections from the buffet- appetizers and salads.

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Freshly prepared sushi and sashimi; fresh oysters, prawns, and shellfish.

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Popular Asian salad dishes- L to R: Chinese Roasted Duck Salad;  Thai Spicy Minced Pork Salad; Thai Spicy Wing Bean Salad.

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Selected Desserts- Chocolate Fountain, and rows of  (from top to bottom);  Rose Blanc-Manger, Caramelized Cinnamon “Pot de Creme”; and Raspberry & Meringue Shots.

The River Bar

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Standing at the far end of the River Cafe Terrace, The River Bar serves refreshing cocktails, wines and other beverages, with light bar snacks also available.

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Comfortable lounge settings provide unrivaled dress circle views of the Chao Phraya River.

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The River Bar counter is the ideal spot to enjoy pre-dinner aperitifs, or after dinner cocktails, whilst taking in the spectacular evening river views.

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River Cafe and Terrace at The Peninsula Bangkok

Address:  Riverfront at  The Peninsula Bangkok, 333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600. Thailand
Transport:  River shuttle boats every 10 minutes to BTS  Saphan Taksin Station
Reservations: +66.2. 861 2888
Website:  www.peninsula.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ThePeninsulaBangkok
Opening Hours: 
Breakfast  6:00 am ~ 10:30 am (11:00 am on weekends)
Lunch   10:30 am ~ 6:00 pm      Sunday Lunch Buffet 12:30 pm ~ 3:00pm
Dinner  6:00 pm ~ 10:30 pm
The River Bar   3:00 pm ~ 12:00 midnight
Dress Code: Smart Casual

See also review article on Thiptara Thai Restaurant at The Peninsula Bangkok.