Trader Vic’s Restaurant at Anantara Riverside
Bangkok Riverside Restaurant
Trader Vic’s is a restaurant designed around a Polynesian concept with rattan chairs, exotic masks and illuminated tiki carvings. This theme has a tenuous link to Bangkok at best, but we love how fully immersive the experience is – whether you come for an evening of imported steaks and cocktails, or for their famous Sunday brunch.
Located in the five-star Anantara Riverside Hotel, the restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 18:00 to 23:00 with the Mai Tai Bar serving on until 01:00. Their fabulous Sunday Brunch is served from 11:30 to 15:00. Although Trader Vic’s is on the far side of the Chao Phraya River, it is quite convenient to reach thanks to a charming rice barge shuttle that provides complimentary transport from the pier in front of Saphan Taksin BTS Station.
Sunday Brunch at Trader Vic’s
This is the most relaxed and welcoming of Sunday brunches in Bangkok. The distance from downtown Bangkok is actually one of Trader Vic’s selling points as it feels a million miles away from the more corporate brunches taking place around Silom and Sukhumvit. Here, guests are put straight into holiday-mode with a garland of flowers and a tropical Mai Tai cocktail (virgin for the designated driver), as well as the Latin rhythms of the house band.
The food selection here is amazing, with food stations stretching through the restaurant and making a long loop around the shaded veranda. At Trader Vic’s Sunday Brunch, all regional cuisines are well catered for, starting with a fantastic seafood table with four kinds of oyster, cracked Alaskan king crab, two types of shrimp, smoked salmon and, of course, a large sushi and sashimi stand.
Moving on to the outdoor stations, there is a large teppanyaki style hot plate with fresh cuts of tenderloin steak, chicken and Kurobuta pork. These are served pre-cut in a Japanese style, lightly flavoured with salt. Next to this is a foie gras station where large pieces of the famous French delicacy are pan seared and served with a range of sauces. A personal tip is to combine foie gras with steak for a rich and succulent course.
Another impressive station at Trader Vic’s is the Indian cuisine with several Tandoori meats cooked fresh and several curries, as well as a pizza and pasta station courtesy of Anantara’s Italian restaurant Brio. Add to this a Chinese station serving dim sum, Peking duck and crispy pork belly, and a sizable Thai selection with green, red and massaman curry, pad Thai, and papaya salad, and you start to realise the scope of the choice on offer... and don’t forget the impressive cured meats and cheese room which is tucked away near the entrance!
The free-flow alcohol selection is substantial with four classic cocktails including the legendary mai tai, sweet mimosa, caipirinha, and ever popular mojito. For something more mellow there is a range of Thai beers, a sweet Chilean sauvignon blanc and two reds – a merlot and a cabernet sauvignon, both from Chile.
Of course, a feast is not complete without something sweet for dessert and here you can take your pick from a long table cakes, pastries, puddings and chocolate fancies. Our favourites are the sumptuous carrot cake, the classic French dessert croquembouche (a cute, tree-like creation of profiteroles) and the always fun, always messy chocolate fondue fountain.
With a garland of flowers around your neck, a classic Mai Tai in hand and views of the Chao Phraya River, Trader Vic’s creates a holiday mood that no other venue in Bangkok can match.
Trader Vic’s Restaurant
- BTS: Saphan Taksin (take the complimentary Ananatara shuttle boat from Sathorn Pier in front of the station. The boat leaves every 30 minutes)
- Address: 257 Charoennakorn Road, Anantara Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2476 0022
- Price Range: Sunday Brunch: 1,400++ including soft drinks, 2,199++ including free-flow cocktails, beers and wines