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Ruen Urai

Bangkok, Thailand

An oasis of traditional luxury in busy Bangkok

A painstakingly restored 19th century house made from golden teak wood ('ruen urai' translates as 'house of gold') is the stunning setting for one of Bangkok's most romantic dining destinations. Part of the boutique Rose Hotel, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and overlooking the pool, the restaurant is an oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s capital city. Set over two floors, it has evolved into an Aladdin's Cave of fabulous antiques and family heirlooms with an oil painting of Bangkok at sundown and a gold-lacquered cabinet among the eye-catching objets d'art.

There's plenty of modern luxury to complement the old world charm in the two dining rooms – an approach that is mirrored by the menu with traditional regional Thai dishes given a contemporary twist. The street food snack 'miang kham' is updated with lotus petals replacing betel leaf and salmon instead of bonito, while rustic regional favourites, including curry of pork spare ribs and grilled chicken marinated in turmeric are fine-tuned for a fine dining audience. The kitchen is adept at balancing flavours and textures in a single dish, such as crispy cups filled with prawns and herb salad, which is sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy all at the same time and has been on the menu since the restaurant opened in 2007.

On the pass

  • Chefs de cuisine Chatree Riensuwan and Amporn Kongton

Style of food

  • Contemporary Thai

Standout dish

  • Saeng wah ghrathong tong (crispy cups filled with prawn and herb salad)