First-rate international buffet with breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya
Located on the ground floor of the Chatruim Hotel Riverside, the River Barge Restaurant’s door opens into a world of spectacle. With impressive views across the Chao Phraya and a multitude of culinary offerings, spread long and wide across an international buffet, this is a place to spend an entire evening in.
The floor-to-ceiling expanse of glass means that there’s also a spectacular view. If you arrive around dusk, then you can witness the ever-changing wallpaper of nature, as the sun sets and the Bangkok skyline changes from blue to orange, to purple. As for the spread, they cater for everyone with pickings from Asian cuisine to Western. Chef Spencer Kells and his team work tirelessly to produce first-rate food, using only the finest of ingredients.
The River Barge Signature Dinner Buffet (B1,290) is available every Sunday to Wednesday, while the Thai Night Dinner Buffet (B1,290) is open every Thursday. Other buffet offerings include the Remarkable Riverside Dinner Buffet (B1,490), offered every Friday and Saturday. And, lucky for me, I was visiting on a Friday evening.
With mountains of food to choose from, including piles of seafood on ice, I took my time examining the delicious fare, with everything from lobsters to mussels to king prawns. As a sushi lover, I was not disappointed finding plenty to choose from. And, not to be outdone, there’s a wonderful offering of authentic Thai food, too: Pad Thai, Som Tam, Mussaman Curry, and the opportunity for diners to design their own version of a Thai classic, choosing from an expanse of ingredients including local herbs and spices.
You’ll also find Chinese food on offer, such as grilled duck and smoked pork which pairs perfectly with a sweet sauce—trust me! If you’re seeking meat and fish, then undoubtedly the beef offering will please ravenous carnivores. It did me, cooked medium-rare and to bovine perfection by the on-hand chef. But, my favourite station of all was Italian. I’m a sucker for pasta, and here, it’s prepared to order, and you really notice the freshness. Of course, I saved some room for desserts—colourful cakes, pastries, pies, ice creams and a delicious panna cotta served with fresh berries.
Seating is available both indoor and outdoor, so you can indulge yourself with the taste of international foods all the while witnessing the astonishing view across the Chao Phraya. The River Barge Restaurant comes highly recommended for lovers of global cuisine and those who enjoy outside dining with a view of spectacular Bangkok.
by Anansit Sangsawang
River Barge Restaurant
Chatruim Hotel Riverside,
28 Charoenkrung Rd
Tel: 0 2307 8888 ext 1923
Open: Daily, 6:30pm-10:30pm