Experiencing the thrill of the grill
Sprinkled liberally along the riverfront sits a generous handful of well-regarded hotel restaurants hustling for the attention of diners. But to attract visitors beyond their overnight clientele, they often need to offer something a little different, something special, or even just good value. To boast all three is surely to hit the gastro jackpot.
But more often than not, two will do just fine, and Eurasian Grill at the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside does this with aplomb, providing a menu of fine carnivorous dishes and prices not to be scoffed at.
There’s something about the word “grill” inserted into a restaurant name that—for me at least—connotes eating competitions and the need for bibs. So it comes as a welcome surprise arriving at this particular venue to find that the restaurant setting is, in fact, a pristine room of bright white table cloths, luxurious lounge chairs, and twinkling chandeliers.
The staff are far from burger-flippers too. We are politely greeted by immaculately dressed servers, who lead us to a wide table beneath the glamorous lighting. They talk us through the small but perfectly formed menu, lovingly created by the hotel’s Executive Chef Boonplook Thiengsoosuk.
We opt for the special set menu (B1,250 per person), featuring a Salmon crostini appetizer, Seafood soup and a choice of Snow fish with truffle sauce or Australian rack of lamb for the main course (I chose the latter).
Though the starter would have benefitted from a kick of horseradish or lemon zest, it made a tasty start to the meal and was swiftly followed by the soup course. I confess that I requested the seafood broth be switched for a mushroom equivalent, a decision I did not regret once slurping down the light and delicately textured bowl.
But the star of the show was undoubtedly the meaty main. Lamb (especially done well) can be a rare find in Thailand and it’s been a while since I last ate the high-protein fare. So perhaps it was absence making the heart grow fonder, or simply that the succulent dish had been cooked to perfection, but this was an impressive show of herb-crusted delight with a hearty, wholesome feel.
Dessert is served in the form of a warm chocolate cake and though simple, is embellished with vanilla ice cream, fruit, and whipped cream to fashion a comforting end to a generous and satisfying meal.
Beyond the set menu, diners will discover a tempting selection of seafood (starting at B450), French-inspired plates, and a selection of fine wines (from B1,000 a bottle). But it’s with meat dishes that the Eurasian Grill unsurprisingly shines, and the braised beef cooked in red wine sauce (B550) is a house specialty not to be missed.
By Annaliese Watkins
GF, Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside, 2074 Charoenkrung Rd.
Tel: 02 688 1000 | Open daily: 6pm-11pm