Dusit Thani Bangkok has been a city landmark since its debut in 1970. The brainchild of pioneering founder Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, the hotel soon became a symbol of gracious Thai hospitality, both domestically and for visiting dignitaries, royalty, and guests from abroad.
Standing as the tallest building in Bangkok for many years in the city’s central business district, the Dusit Thani Bangkok became almost synonymous with national pride, a fitting flagship for what would become the country’s very first homegrown hotel chain, Dusit International.
Today, 45 years later, Dusit Thani Bangkok still retains the luxury and elegance of a bygone era. But the recent update of its 7 specialty restaurants signals a new, exciting period it its history, one where the classic meets the contemporary with a twist—in the place where it all started.
This new period is themed “Love and happiness starts here,” as a nod to all the engagements, weddings and celebrations the hotel has hosted in the past and in anticipation of the many joyous events it will host in the future. The launch event takes place at the hotel on 27 March, where a year’s worth of events and activities centered around the hotel’s 7 exquisite dining venues will be announced to the media—including the addition of new Brand Ambassador, model and celebrity Khun Russamee Tongsiripaisri (Lookmee) to the Dusit Thani Bangkok family.
After the press conference, guests will be ushered to the Grand Opening of 22 Kitchen & Bar, Dusit Thani Bangkok’s newest restaurant. Perched high above the city at the hotel’s panoramic rooftop venue on the 22nd floor, 22 Kitchen & Bar is one of the few places in the city to offer diners a menu based on Pacific coastal cuisine. The menu, created by up-and-coming Chef Nikolas Ramirez, reflects his personal and professional history as a native Hawaiian with Latin roots and classic culinary training. The US state of Hawaii boasts its own unique history of culinary influence from its Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Portuguese immigrant communities, and these influences can readily be seen in the Chef’s innovative and delicious creations.
22 Kitchen & Bar joins Benjarong Thai restaurant as one of the city’s most buzzed-about restaurants. Helmed by Danish-born Chef Morten Nielsen, he has taken the brand from its deep, classic roots to give it a fresh update, by combining modern techniques with traditional flavour profiles, producing contemporary dishes that are distinctly Thai at heart.
The Mayflower restaurant still retains its place as one of the Bangkok’s finest Chinese restaurants. With a focus on Cantonese specialties and Dim Sum dishes, guests can expect to be transported via its authentic tastes, aromas and East-meets-West atmosphere.
Thien Duong restaurant offers diners the intoxicating flavours of Vietnam. The menu here suits health-conscious guests perfectly, striking the right balance to offer light-yet-filling fare that’s bursting with bright, bold flavours.
Shogun stands as one of the city’s first restaurants to offer guests and locals the best of Japanese cuisine in an authentic atmosphere. It continues to count amongst the city’s best, as its fan base of loyal guests continues to attest.
Hamilton’s Steak House, with its décor reminiscent of 1920’s New York City, offers diners a cosy and relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy the many fine cuts of imported beef from Australia and the USA on offer. The wine list here is a highlight, and the restaurant’s Business Lunch set menus are one of the city’s best-kept secrets.
Finally, The Pavilion all-day dining restaurant holds a place in the hearts of many Bangkokians. Best known for its delicious lunch and dinner buffets, most especially on Sundays, the menus have been updated to offer cuisines from all over the world, such as German-themed Mondays, South American-themed Tuesdays, Thai Wednesdays and so on, sure to keep guests coming back for more.
Dusit Thani Bangkok’s storied history keeps it at the forefront of what’s new and happening in the city. With its special place in the hearts of Thais and visitors alike, it continues to symbolise the best of old and new, the classic and the contemporary—a testament to the fact that love and happiness starts here, at Dusit Thani Bangkok.