Intimate culinary experience at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
Birthday, anniversary, or “just because”, sometimes date night requires an extra helping of romance. So when dinner for two in a crowded restaurant just won’t do, turn to Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, which is home to an intimate culinary experience carefully curated by the property’s bevy of fine restaurants.
Set in the hotel’s lush gardens, Dining by Design offers an exquisitely private meal (48 hours advance notice required). Against a backdrop of carefully manicured gardens, surrounded by twinkling candles and beneath layers of soft white canopy, you’ll feel a world away from the city (just a few feet beyond). Even the service feels uncrowded, with guests waited on by their own private butler, at a far enough distance to give a sense of intimacy, but always on hand when needed.
I recently had the pleasure of enjoying the Anantara’s private dining concept with my husband, and the evening began with Sributr, our professional server, leading us to our poolside table (though normally positioned in the gardens, an earlier downpour had left the area waterlogged, but this quiet spot would do just nicely, particularly as the night fell around us).
Sributr talked us through the menu—an extensive choice of plates showcasing the best from each of the hotel’s fine restaurants. To begin, we were treated to a trio of canapés from the central kitchen—small bites filled with flavour and perfectly whetting our appetite for what lay ahead.
Shintaro, the hotel’s casual Japanese eatery, delivered a light toto tartare served with salmon caviar. The delicate, melt-in-the-mouth tuna bites provided the perfect bridge to the slightly heavier next course—a visit to the contemporary Italian restaurant, Biscotti. Their homemade ravioli, filled with moreish ossobuco and drizzled in a black truffle sauce, ended up being my favourite part of the meal. Wrapped in fine pasta pillows, the tender veal filling was a comforting delight, infused with rosemary flavours and accentuated by a sharp fruit sauce.
What followed next was a selection of Thai dishes from Spice Market, including an impressive grilled beef salad with sharp citrus notes, and fried river prawn in a tamarind sauce. At the end of our savoury journey we dined on Madison fare. The hotel’s steakhouse served up slow-cooked duck breast alongside a Japanese onsen egg, edamame bean purée, and a cloud of light truffle foam. The tender duck was cooked to perfection and beautifully complemented by the creamy green beans. We returned to Biscotti for dessert—a coffee-heavy caramel espuma served atop an orb of dry ice. It was a case of style over substance with the final course, though the presentation was impressive enough to ensure it wasn’t a damp note.
The cost for a six-course, intimate fine dining experience, with personal butler and champagne (we sipped on Taittinger Cuvee Prestige), is B14,000++. It’s a price not for the faint-hearted, but no one said romance was cheap.
By Annaliese Watkins
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
155 Rajadamri Rd. | Tel: 02 126 8866