The Place Other than breakfast at Phra Nakhon Thai restaurant during my stay at Capella Bangkok recently, I also managed to have lunch at the authentic Thai restaurant located right beside the Chao Phraya River. The beautiful restaurant has both indoor and outdoor dining and depending on the weather and time of the day, both the indoor and outdoor dining areas are very pleasant. Phra Nakhon is helmed by Chef Kannika where you can expect dishes inspired by various regions in Thailand, including family recipes handed down through generations.
The Food The dishes here use fresh locally sourced ingredients, and it is a very extensive menu across appetisers, soup, mains, curry, rice and noodles. Choose from the ala carte menu or go for the set menu for lunch and dinner.
My lunch started with the Yum Som-O Pla Fu (THB320), a refreshing seasonal pomelo and kaffir lime leaves salad with Phra Nakhon dressing topped with crispy fried white snapper floss and cashew nuts served along with betel leaves. That crispy fried white snapper floss is addictive!
Next up was the Nua Satay (THB520), a Chiang Mai style beef prime rib skewers which remind me of what we have in Singapore. The skewers come with chunky beef cubes which are flavourful and you definitely have to dip it generously in the peanut sauce.
Another great dish to share is the Sai Ua (THB450), a grilled dish of Chiang Mai pork sausage with some fresh herbs by the side.
A Thai meal is incomplete for me without a tom yum soup, and here I had the Tom Yum Goong Nam Sao Kao (THB890) which comes with huge river prawns along with mushrooms. It is not overly spicy and still relatively easy to stomach for me, with a good balance of sourness with Jasmine rice stock base.
For a curry dish, I highly recommend the Sen Mee Gaeng Pu (THB990), a Southern style swimming crabmeat in yellow curry with coconut milk, betel leaves, vermicelli noodles and local vegetables. Flavourful and mildly spicy yellow curry with generous heaps of crabmeat, it is best to soak the vermicelli noodles in the curry and have it altogether.
One of my favourite dishes from Chiang Mai, the Kao Soi Gai (THB499) at Phra Nakhon stays true to its authenticity with northern style coconut curry egg noodles along with chicken thigh and topped with crispy noodles.
For dessert, expect the likes of Kao Niew Ma Muang Itim Gati, a classic Thai dessert of seasonal mango with warm sweet coconut milk sticky rice and ice cream topped with roasted mung beans. Delicious.
Rants Prices of the dishes are on the higher end.
Will I Return Again? Beautiful restaurant to drop by in Capella Bangkok for a Thai meal, regardless if you are staying in the hotel.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
300/2 Charoen Krung Rd, Yan Nawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Tel: +662 098 3817/+66 65 998 4690
Monday to Sunday:
Breakfast: 06:30 to 11:00
Lunch/Dinner: 11:00 to 23:00
Ranted by The Ranter