Summer Palace at Intercontinental Hotel Bangkok
Chinese Restaurant in Chit Lom
Stepping through the doors at Summer Palace Chinese restaurant transports you to another world. Decked out in rich reds and dark polished wood, it’s chic but traditional, and reflects the care put into creating an experience that goes beyond excellent food. Serving traditional and modern Cantonese cuisine, the restaurant is popular with discerning Chinese families in Bangkok, a sure sign that the dishes on offer are of high quality. Located on the mezzanine floor of the Intercontinental Hotel near Chit Lom BTS, it comes as a surprise after the sleek marble look of the lobby. The restaurant is open daily for lunch (11:30 –14:30) and dinner (18:00 – 22:30). Their dim sum lunch deal is worth checking out, all you can eat, every week day at only 688 baht++.
Summer Palace is a large, elegant restaurant but the dining room is laid out so that it has a cosy feel to it. Tables are spaced so you don’t have to overhear conversations and the carver chairs are covered in rich red velvet. For those looking for the ultimate retreat there’s a selection of private rooms, including one that sits up to twenty and has discreet calling buttons used for a top up of tea or another plate of ribs. The menu is extensive, and there are all the dim sum favourites, including piping hot Shanghai dumplings, sweet and sticky steamed pork dumplings, marinated chicken feet and rich crab soup. The all you can eat buffet runs every day of the week, and it is fun to see bamboo baskets piling up as guests attempt to work they way through the entire list.
The restaurant's modern cuisine is just as delicious, and for those who like a food adventure, an excellent choice. We start with the deep-fried scallop and prawn mousse roll with kataifi, a crispy noodle that surrounds the seafood. The contrast in textures is pleasant and the fragrance is subtle, a sweet kick coming from the artfully displayed cherry tomatoes, which are marinated in sour plum wine. A stand out dish is the stir-fried sea whelk and deep-fried stuffed crab claws. The crab has been shelled with only little pincers sticking out of the top. The bite sized delicacies have been rolled in flaked almonds and each one is the perfect mouthful – juicy and satisfying. Another recommended starter is the steamed cod fish roll with dried oyster topped with plenty of crispy garlic and a rich, salty soy sauce.
A favourite with the regulars are the deep fried wasabi prawns, with a batter so light they’ve barely touched the pan, the wasabi offering only a warming touch of heat, the prawn inside still succulent. For those who enjoy the sweetness often associated with Cantonese food, the shiitake mushrooms with vinaigrette sauce are crispy, sugary and extremely moreish. Dessert is a simple, refreshing palette cleanser, coconut ice-cream and mango sago served in a shell over dried-ice. The dramatic look of the dish elicited oohs and aahs from the table.
Summer Palace is just the spot for delicious Chinese food in Bangkok. Our in-house connoisseur of Cantonese cuisine is already planning a return trip.
- Location: Summer Palace Mezzanine level, InterContinental Bangkok, 973 Pleonchit Rd.
- BTS: Chit Lom/Siam
- Tel: 02-656-0360