Decanter is All Thai’d Up at The St. Regis Bangkok
There is a hidden Thai dining room at The St. Regis Bangkok. Hidden in plain sight as not many people know or have heard about it. On the 12th floor of the hotel, Decanter carries an extensive wine list from Old World to New World in terms of vintages and producers alongside whiskies served in handcrafted glassware. The lounge is suitable for any exclusive gathering and sometimes hosts pop-up culinary events. The dress code is smart casual and appointments are recommended although walk-ins are welcome.
In August 2019, Decanter began to serve Thai cuisine for lunch from 12pm to 3pm and dinner from 6pm to 10:30pm daily. The ambience doesn’t bear any resemblance to a Thai restaurant, but it aims to celebrate original Thai recipes and a rustic gastronomic journey in an upscale setting.
The dishes can be shared in family style with rice or enjoyed individually. They arrive in large portions which partly explains the prices on the menu. The flavours of food served here are also more robust than those from the buffet line at Viu or from the in room service–according to the Chef.
Chef Kesinee ‘Kaew’ Damrongsakul is the Executive Sous Chef who oversees all the restaurants at The St. Regis Bangkok. She studied Food Science and has gained experience working in the kitchens of numerous Michelin starred restaurants and five-star hotels around the world such as Tom Aikens in London.
The first All Thai’d Up highlight is Yum Som-O (B550). It contains fleshy Grilled Tiger Prawns, Toasted Coconut and Fried Shallots. The next most ordered dish is Pla Tord Sarm Rod (B750). It mainly consists of Crispy Fried Whole Sea Bass laid down vertically on the plate covered in Three Flavoured Sauce and topped with crispy Lime Leaves on a bed of Bean Sprouts. The last popular dish is Khao Soi Gai (B650) or Northern Chicken and Egg Noodle Curry that comes with at least two cuts of chicken.
At the end of the meal, diners can ask for the off-menu desserts of the day. Classic items are Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Tea Panna Cotta and Fried Bananas in Sugar Coating. The thick Thai Tea Panna Cotta is surprisingly and pleasantly not very sweet. It is topped with fresh milk and Chao Guay Thai Grass Jelly.
12F St. Regis Hotel, 159 Rajadamri Rd
Tel: 02 207 7829
Open daily: 5pm-11:59pm