Table for Two
Set in a lofty glasshouse that features vintage parquet floors, hanging ferns, and banana leaf wallpaper, this restaurant is a good leafy date spot that won’t take you far outside the city like some other, similar places. The food menu offers Thai dishes like yum pak kood (B180), made with an edible fern from the chef’s own garden in Ratchaburi, and gaeng run juan (herbal soup with shrimp paste and beef, B220). Singha is available for B95.
33 Nak Niwat Rd., 095-949-9299. Open daily 11am-10pm.
Situated inside the eye-catching riverside boutique hotel Amdaeng, NYE (pronounce as “nai”) offers fusion Thai dishes, but instead of mixing Thai with other cuisines, they fuse different Thai dishes together. Enjoy the romantic view of Chao Praya while munching on lamb rack panaeng (sweet and spicy red curry) served with a soft boiled egg and a fish sauce and shallots dressing (B790), and fried chicken tossed with perilla from Chaing Mai (B190). A small bottle of Singha sets you back at B120++.
Amdaeng Bangkok Riverside Hotel, 12/1 Soi Chiangmai 1, Chiangmai Road, 02-162-0138. Open daily 7:30am-9pm.
This Supanniga’s third branch sits on the riverside deck of Riva Arun, where the romantic scenery is paired with cozy decor and earthy tones, yellow, and orange. Expect Thai dishes with nods to Trat and Khon Kaen cuisines like nam prik khai pu (crab meat with chili paste, B240), and moo cha muang (pork with Guttiferae tree leaves, B240). Drinks menu includes Singha (B120/330ml).
392/25-26 Maharaj Rd., 02-714-7608. Open daily 10:30am-9:30pm
This restaurant is not just blessed with the backdrop of Chao Praya river, but also boasts a spectacle of the brightly lit Wat Arun directly across the river from your table. The menu spans from classic Thai dishes like the sweet and spicy king river prawn Thai salad with lychee, mint and lemongrass (B360) to European dishes like homemade ravioli stuffed with goose liver, truffle, and ricotta cheese (B390). The drinks menu features fruit juices, coffee, and Singha (B140++/small bottle, B400++/jug).
Arun Residence, 36-38 Soi Phatu Nokyung, Maharaj Rd., 02-221-9158. Open Mon-Thu 10am-9pm; Fri-Sun 10am-10pm
Sitting front and center on the InterContinental Hotel’s ground floor, Theo Mio lets you enjoy authentic Italian dishes rolled out from the recipes of celebrity chef Theo Randall, along with romantic vibes courtesy of the polished dining room with outdoor tables and an open kitchen. Beside the classic pastas and risottos, you’ll find several more creative options, including the ravioli di erbette (B400), filled with mixed greens, ricotta and Parmesan cheese, and served with sage butter. The drinks menu offers mocktails, blended juices, and Singha (B250).
G/F InterContinental Bangkok, 973 Ploenchit Rd., 02-656-0444. Open Mon-Fri 6:30am-9:30pm; daily 5:30-9:30pm. BTS Ploen Chit
With laid back vibe from modern decor and spectacular view overlooking the Chao Praya river, Ciao Terrazza offers Mediterranean dishes drawing inspiration from Italy’s culinary culture. Highlights include cacciucco di mare (B920)—fishmonger stew casserole made using shellfish broth, fresh sea bream, crayfish, and octopus. For pasta lovers, opt for the tagliolini con l’astice (B1,890) whose the homemade pasta comes accompanied with Canadian lobster and lobster bisque sauce. Singha is available at B290.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Charoen Krung Soi 40, 02-659-9000. Open 5-11:30pm
Amid the refined yet rustic decor like brick, wood, and oxidized bronze throughout, this restaurant is a place for a cowboy-worthy meal due to its meat-heavy menu. Signature dishes feature homemade chorizo (beef or pork, B320) served with mixed green salad, and salchicha (sausage, B320). Beef choices ranging from rib eye (B1,890-B4,290) to wagyu filet mignon (B3,290 for 200g/B4,790 for 300g) and tomahawk (B7,350 for 1,500g), while sauces and sides (B110-490) are ordered separately. Singha draught is available at B150.
8/4-7 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-255-2864. Open daily 10am-11pm. BTS Nana
When we heard of a popular place serving pastas and salads at Penny’s Balcony, we didn’t expect a venue with a decor this warm and cozy (brick walls and high ceilings) or the book-thick menu and uber friendly staff. The buffalo wings appetizer (B150) is superbly executed with a crackling batter that holds up firmly against the sauce and moist, seasoned chicken inside, while the mentaiko linguine (B350) comes with crispy texture from dried seaweed and shrimp roe. A small bottle of Singha sets you back at B126.
1/F, Penny’s Balcony, Thonglor Soi 16, 02-382-0065. Open 11-1am. BTS Thong Lo