BEAUTIFUL river views in Bangkok - Supatra River House Thai Restaurant
Supatra River House Restaurant, Bangkok - Restaurant Review
Cuisine: Authentic Thai
Style Points: 4/5
Bangkok is full of restaurants offering delicious Thai dishes that make the most of the vast array of fresh and vibrant ingredients that are readily available across Thailand. Yet not every restaurant in Bangkok can boast spectacular views of the historic city quite like Supatra River House, which is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and overlooks the stunning Grand Palace.
The restaurant is housed in a gorgeous two-story traditional Thai house which dates back to 1975 and was the former home of Khunying Supatra Singholaka, founder of the Supatra and Chao Phraya Express Boat companies, and converted into the restaurant in 1998. The restaurant has three main dining areas; an open-air section overlooking the river and the incredible temples, a private dining room with a balcony, and an air conditioned section with part views of the river. I would suggest dining in the open-air section as it is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic meal whilst admiring the beautiful views across the river.
Supatra River House offers a wide selection of traditional Thai dishes through their a la carte and set menus. We tried Set Menu 1 which had a total of 7 dishes including 2 appetizers, 4 mains, and 1 dessert.
Pretty much every dish was delicious and provided something new in terms of flavour, taste and texture. The crispy rice vermicelli with pork and prawns in a white bean sauce was one of the best dishes and I would say that it is a must-try if you find yourself at the restaurant. It reminded me of the Indian snack bhel puri in terms of texture as both dishes have fried rice vermicelli and a sweet tamarind style sauce. The prawns were lovely and sweet and the other ingredients really enhanced the flavour including beansprouts, egg, shiitake mushrooms, basil leaves, minced pork and slices of tofu.
The King Prawn Tom Yum Soup was another standout dish. Tom Yum is an iconic Thai hot and sour soup that is usually cooked with prawns and a variety of herbs and spices in a fragrant and rich broth. This particular Tom Yum was flavoured with lemongrass, galangal, mushroom, garlic, ginger and a variety of Thai spices that really ensured the broth was absolutely packed full of intense flavour. The mammoth king prawn was of course incredibly fresh and a real joy to eat.
The Steamed Seafood Curry Custard was a dish that sounded really peculiar and I had no idea what to expect when I read it on the menu. It turned out to be a delightful dish that I knew I wanted to try again on my trip. The ‘custard’ was essentially a Thai red coconut curry full of seafood goodies including king prawn, river prawns, squid and mussels wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. It’s another dish I would say is a must-try and even if you aren’t a big seafood lover you may find yourself having more than one spoonful of this tasty dish.
The set menu for 2 was 1,999 Baht which is around £50 or $65 which is more than reasonable given the variety and amounts of food you are given. The drinks are also reasonable compared to Western prices and the signature ginger and strawberry and mint and ginger mojitos are perhaps worth a try although they weren’t the best cocktails and I’m not sure what made them the signature cocktails . It’s also worth noting that the restaurant provides a free shuttle boat service from the Tha Maharaj pier across the river which is very convenient and also a great experience.
Supatra River House is a fabulous restaurant that provides both excellent food and ambience. I had a lovely time trying authentic Thai dishes that I have since come to love and have asked for at other restaurants in Thailand. If authentic Thai cuisine with a stunning view is what you’re after then Supatra River House you should definitely be on the top of your list of restaurants to try in Bangkok.
See the full menu and find out more about Supatra River House.
Address: 266 Soi Wat Rakhang, Arunamarin Road, Siriraj, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700 Thailand
Special thanks to Supatra River House for their hospitality.
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