Monday, August 8, 2011

Thiptara @ Peninsula Bangkok

On our last night in Bangkok, both of us agreed that we would stay in the hotel and enjoyed a quiet dinner at one of their restaurants. We have read about rave reviews on their Chinese restaurant, Mei Jiang, but since we already had Chinese food in Chinatown.. we passed and opted for their Thiptara Thai restaurant instead. This time we didn't make any plans and the decision was kinda last minute so we didn't make any booking.

We showed up at the reception at 6.30pm to enquire on tables next to Chao Phraya river but were disapppointed when they told us that all the tables were booked for the night. That guy (forgot his name) might have sensed our disappointment and therefore looked at the booking sheet one more time. He then promptly informed us that he could arrange one table (yay!) for us but politely reminded us that we could only have the table until 8pm as the guests were expected to arrive at that time. Since we hardly took more than 1 hour for dinner, we said YES!

The sun had already set and therefore it was not that hot and it was not long until the night fell and all the buildings were lit up brightly. Can you apot Jenn in the picture?

Complimentary marinated cashew nuts

While waiting for our dishes to be served, we asked the waitress to take a picture of us.

As the night fell, all the buildings across the river were lit up... revealing a breathtaking night scene from where we sat. Settings - f22, 15sec, ISO100! The result?

Refreshing concoction of lime & mint leaves juice

Khao Phad Thiptara (360 baht) - essentially the fried Jasmine rice with chilly paste, shrimp and salty egg. Being a sucker for fried rice.. I found this dish full of wok hei and moderately spicy. With a dash of lime juice, every bite was heavenly (at least for me). Jenn shared the same sentinent as I was...

However she felt no "kick" in the fried rice and asked for all available sauces from our attending waitress - she gave us 4 of them!

Phad-Phak-Ka-Nah Moo Grob (280 baht) - seriously without Engligh translation at the bottom of every dish, I would be scratching my head figuring out what the heck the dish was... wok fried kale with crispy pork!

Tom Yum Goong Mai Nam (440 baht) hit the jackpot! As usual, the soup has what I was looking for - spicy and sourish, fresh river prawns and distinctive lemongrass flavour.

Clear winner of the night belonged to this particular dish - Gaeng Phed Ped Yang or roasted duck simmered in red curry & sweet basil! The curry was thick, creamy and packed with all the required flavours. We could have ordered second helping of rice just because of this dish!

By the time we finished our dinner, I looked at my watch and it was only 7.45pm. Charged the dinner to my room and went back straight to our room. Actually we could have gone to the bar next to Thiptara for a glass of wine or two. The reason??? To enjoy the breathtaking view of Bangkok city from our balcony - settings f22, 15sec, ISO100! We even bought two bottles of Singha beer and some snacks while chatting the night away. Romantic?? You bet it is :)

Next post - Peninsula Hotel Bangkok!

1) I'm not paid to promote/endorse any particular event, restaurant or person in this blog. ALL are based on my unbiased personal opinion.
2) My reviews are based on my personal taste and preference and therefore may vary for others.


Sean said...

great riverside ambiance! wish we had something like that in kl :D

Wilson Ng said...

I had somewhere near the riverside as well. The place looks awesome. Did you try the riverside cruise?


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

do u need really need 15 seconds to get such clarity? but pretty good job the pictures!

thule a.k.a leo said...

Sean - yeah.. however the prospect of having dinner by Sungai Gombak or Sungai Kelang is not really that exciting.. lol!

wilson - no lah.. wanted to go for river cruise but couldnt make it in the end. Maybe next year's trip...

Joe - something that I've learnt from the book. Actually this was my first time experimenting with long exposure in order to capture stunning night view :) and yes... I've used 10s, 15s, even 20s... but 15s yielded the best quality! still honing my skill though

Hayley said...

Nice environment and place!!

J2Kfm said...

Yes, nice shots there Thule. Good job, though I still do not have a tripod. So 15 secs is a complete no-no. Sadly.

UnkaLeong said...

Thai hospitality at it's best :) Love the last picture bro!

Pureglutton said...

Lovely river-view... so romantic!

jason said...

Nice skyline shot!

thule a.k.a leo said...

heyley - yeah! but quite hot & humid :)

j2kfm - bro, I didn't use tripod too :P utilise anything that I could find to stabilise the camera

unka - thanks!

pureglutton - great to spend the moment with loved one :)

jason - thanks!! when are you doing the same with your DSLR?

stacy said...

Great info, thanks for posting. If you are looking for a portable grill & deep fryer then you really shouldn’t look any further. This thang rocks!