Bangkok is filled with hot, steamy concrete, traffic jams and people scurrying about in pursuit of commerce. When the inevitable need to get away from it all arises, many head for the cool breezes on the banks of the Chao Phraya. An excellent place to enjoy the regenerative powers of the mighty river is Sambal Bar & Grill at the Royal Orchid Sheraton.
Sambal offers both al fresco and air-conditioned dining, but most people select the great outdoors as it puts them right at the river’s edge. The large wooden terrace not only features tables and chairs but also comfortable sofas that face the river. For those choosing to eat indoors there are a variety of seating arrangements, plus some private ‘chill zones’ for intimate dining or business conversations.
As a zone for fun and relaxation, Sambal features lots to drink, plus a variety of ‘snack like’ food items that are fun to share with friends. The drinks menu contains both traditional and house created items, the classic Mai Tai (B300), and the Rossini (B450), a blend of champagne and fresh strawberries, being irresistible examples. A large wine menu, an abundant choice of beers, and numerous non-alcoholic drinks are available, as well.
In terms of food, the beef tataki (B260) features tender little pieces of sirloin brushed with Sriracha sauce and served with wakame (a seaweed), pickled mushrooms and a soy glaze. It is a balanced east/west combination that delights. Another favourite is the Sambal shrimp (B280), a dish with its roots in the bayous of Louisiana. It consists of perfectly grilled shrimp sprinkled with Cajun seasoning served on a skewer with a piece of pineapple. This dish is proof that there is more to American cooking than fast foods and hamburgers.
Among the more elaborate offerings is the wonderful roasted snow fish (B680), served with parsley encrusted potatoes, sautéed spinach and a zesty lemon butter sauce. Equally enjoyable is another great east/west combination: grilled chicken breast with lemongrass (B580), served with wok-fried vegetables, roasted potatoes and sesame sauce.
The sweets menu at Sambal is limited, but caramelized banana (B320) with toffee syrup and ginger whipped cream is sure to please.
If you are looking for a place to get away from it all with friends, head for Sambal. The food and drink, and the restorative ambience of the Chao Phraya River, are guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers
2 Charoen Krung Rd Soi 30 (Captain Bush Lane) | 0 2266 0123 | royalorchidsheraton.com
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