Royal Roots Respected In Ravishing New Rain Tree Café Design Concepts At Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel
Design and menu concepts fit for a princess are the inspirations behind the dramatic new Rain Tree Café identities at Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien.
As the hotel is built on the site of the summer palace of H.R.H. Princess Valaya Alongkorn, a daughter of King Rama V, the three integrated outlets have been conceived to complement each other as if element’s in the palace’s ground-floor plan. Motifs that hark back to that vibrant era and the princess’s exquisite aesthetic taste arise throughout and even the various menus are inspired by the princess’s well-defined reputation as a culinary connoisseur.
In a landmark transformation, the Rain Tree Café has been reconceived in a modern interpretation of the Thai neo-colonial interior décor style that the princess would have inhabited in her lifetime. Three separate but complementary spaces evidencing extreme elegance and making excellent use of natural light are interwoven with threads of touching homeliness.
Overhead the ceiling is geometrically recessed and enchantingly corniced. Below various floor coverings – black and white chequers, finely filigreed ceramics, smooth marble and lustrous hardwoods – are used to define different spaces while being anything but boring.
With form-follows-function structural and subtle design elements informing every site line, it’s a case of point the camera anywhere and every shot is uploadable.
Striking the keynote, the main dining area, dubbed “The Bronze Kitchen”, combines modern iterations of aristocratic elegance with state-of-the-art hot and cold buffet counters and kitchens, not to mention the creations of a multi-national team of renowned chefs.
Adjoined to this, a formal library-style “VIP” space, “The Valaya Room”, named after the princess’s palace, is carved out of a front corner situated immediately adjacent to the tree-lined boulevard that is Wireless Road. Above the marble floor faux antique bronzed ceiling mirrors expand the dimensions and resonate with the heritage mystique. The thought-provoking ambiance, furnished with precious volumes and prized possessions can be closed in for private parties and includes a long high-table for group dining perhaps with a chef’s table special menu. Elegant high teas, moreover, will be serving here shortly.
Beyond extensive glass-encased wine displays, for the first time, The Rain Tree Café also now includes a practically proportioned outdoor “Secret Garden” area set around the main entrance of the hotel where guests can dine, drink and savour elegant high teas.
With a capacity of around 250 covers, The Rain Tree Café is all set to continue where it left off before the whole extensive remodelling enterprise as one of Bangkok’s most outstanding international restaurants, renowned for its culinary expertise and exceptionally gourmet buffets.
Only more so. Upgraded with hot and cold induction equipment that ensures every dish reaches the diner in perfect condition and at least six established interactive live cooking stations, there is more scope than ever for the chefs to be creative and indulgent.
With the aim to offer a la carte quality throughout, the culinary team has devised a new scheme whereby each of the hotel’s specialist head chefs – Smooth Curry Thai restaurant’s Chef Jasvir, Utage Japanese restaurant’s Chef Samart, Silk Road Cantonese restaurant’s Chef Kam, The Reflexions European restaurant’s Chef Mark, plus Executive Pastry Chef Daniel and Indian Subcontinent specialist Chef Karan – will each prepare specialty dishes for both the lunch and dinner buffets. Moreover, each Saturday one of the chefs will personally take charge of one of the live kitchens. Gala Sunday Brunch sessions will feature surprise popup kitchens and over-the-top a la carte and pass around menus. And this plus occasional cameos from guest chefs flown in from all over the world.
BUFFET + BRUNCH OFFERS
Lunch: Monday – Friday 12:00 PM – 02:30 PM
THB 1,300 net per person including drinking water
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 06:00 PM – 10:30 PM
THB 1,800 net per person person including drinking water
THB 2,950 net per person including including free flow of wine + sparkling wine + beers + cocktails + illy coffee + tea
THE BUSINESS LUNCH
Monday – Friday 12:00 PM – 02:30 PM
THB 700* net per person including drinking water
*Le Club Plaza members enjoy 10% savings
Dinner: Daily 06:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Feeling like something sweet? Why not stop in for a feast on our delectable new dessert buffet that showcases desserts made with premium Belgian chocolate, French ice-creams, yuzu crème brulée, green tea Mont Blanc + much more.
THB 500* net per person including drinking water
**Le Club Plaza members enjoy 10% savings
SERIOUS SEAFOOD FRIDAYS + SATURDAYS
Lunch: 12:00 PM – 02:30 PM (only Saturday)
Dinner: 06:00 PM – 10:30 PM (Friday + Saturday)
THB 2,200 net per person including drinking water
THB 3,200 net per person including free flow of wine, sparking wine, beers, cocktails, soft drinks, fruit juices, drinking water, illy coffee + tea
EXCEPTIONALLY INDULGENT NEW SUNDAY BRUNCHES
Brunch: 12:00 PM – 03:30 PM
THB 2,800 net per person including drinking water
THB 3,800 net per person including free flow Chandon sparkling wine + beer
THB 4,900** net per person including free flow Moët + Chandon champagne
THB 1,300 net per person including drinking water + juices + soft drinks for children below 12 years old
**No discount applicable
Le Club Plaza membership benefits applies
SPG® members enjoy 15% savings
For reservations please call + 66 2650 8800, e-mail [email protected]
Or visit plazaatheneebangkok.com, lemeridien.com/plazaatheneebangkok