There is one boutique hotel and restaurant combo nestled along the banks of the Chao Phraya River that is both a historical landmark and a delicious dining venue. This restaurant is the perfect place for history buffs and self-proclaimed food connoisseurs alike to enjoy a gastromic journey and while taking in the stunning views of the river. This week, we indulged in Thai dishes fit for a king at Praya Palazzo.
Praya Palazzo is an elegant venue that looks like a stucco home of sorts and is embellished in a light-yellow exterior. The venue actually was built some 100 years ago and was originally a private mansion utilized during the reign of King Rama VI. The Montara Hospitality Group recently acquired the Thai-Italian style mansion, and they are revamping the venue and working to expand the scope of amenities and experiences available here.
When visitors arrive to Praya Palazzo from the river, they will be greeted by two grand staircases that slant up the back of the venue and lead to the extravagant rooms here. Dark, hardwood floors embellish the entirety of the venue, with deep-red and brick accents and grand archways throughout. Praya Palazzo is actually a historical landmark, which explains the grand décor and traditional atmosphere it exudes. The venue is somehow able to encompass this sophisticated look while keeping an intimate ambiance for visitors to enjoy, as the hotel only has 17 rooms to begin with, as well.
Praya Palazzo has been open since 2012 but will welcome even more changes in June 2018 as the general manager hopes to give the entirety of the venue a facelift, though we did not see that much room for improvement when we visited.
The Thai cuisine at Praya Palazzo is brimming with interest finds curated by the culinary experts here, and the menu is broken up into appetizers, salads, soups, main courses, and desserts. For those of you who may find yourselves missing home, there is also an additional menu dedicated to western finds, including international salads, soups, main courses, from the grill dishes, and desserts.
The menu is filled exclusive gastromic delights that are cooked to perfection by their experienced Thai chef, and the dishes date back to the days of King Rama V and King Rama VI. The staff here had to venture to the library and do ample research to see which dishes were made that were fit for the king during this time, thus the menu at Praya Palazzo was born.
Recommended dishes include the shrimp dip with deep-fried Mackerel fish (฿380), the river fish with sour curry soup (฿320), and the traditional spicy beef or pork soup with curry paste (฿350). Kit indulged in several traditional Thai dishes, and even though they were a bit too spicy for his delicate palate, he powered through each one as he refused to give up eating as each menu item was that good.
It is certainly rare to find a Thai venue that will accommodate someone on a vegan diet, but the staff at Praya Palazzo was more than helpful in suggesting dishes that were animal-product free. For those of you on a vegan or vegetarian diet, be sure to indulge in the stir-fried pork (omit the pork) with yellow chili paste (฿350). This mouthwatering dish was spicy and full-flavored, made with cauliflower, baby corn, broccoli, and more. The vegetables were oozing with aromatic goodness and hints of tasty turmeric, and it paired perfectly with a side of rice to balance out the heat. The menu is also equipped with a few dishes many of travelers will have never heard of, so be sure to ask the staff to clarify any items that they may not know.
In case you are interested in doing more than just eating at this quaint venue, vsitors are also welcome to spend a night or two in one of the 17 boutique rooms here. Each one is equipped with air-conditioning and furnished with handmade and antique fittings that were designed to give customers the ultimate relaxation vacation. The hotel is also equipped with a library that is the perfect setting for afternoon tea, an art gallery and a shimmering, riverside pool with ample lounge chairs for unwinding in.
The boutique hotel is currently running a special from now until April 2018: the ‘Culinary Weekend Getaway.’ For a minimum of a two-night stay in a standard or suite room, along with an intimate dining experience and inclusive of a daily breakfast for two people, guests only pay ฿4,590.
If you are wanting to dine along the river or are simply hankering for a delicious yet traditional Thai meal, Praya Palazzo is the place to frequent. The venue itself gives visitors enough reason to visit, and we recommend coming at sunset and sitting at the restaurant’s outdoor seating arrangements to fully appreciate the view and cuisine.
To get to Praya Palazzo, visitors must first take the BTS Skytrain to the Saphan Taksin station. From there, you will meet Praya Palazzo’s friendly staff at the Tha Phra Arthit Pier, where they will pick you up in your very own, private boat and head across the river to the luxurious venue.
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