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Private Dining at Nang Gin Kui

Nang Gin Kui is not only Bangkok’s leading private dining option, but it is also ranked the best restaurant in Bangkok by Trip Advisor. The rating is incredible considering it is possible to enjoy Michelin star quality food in Bangkok. The reason why people love having dinner at Nang Gin Kui is because it offers a special, boutique experience.

The restaurant describes itself as ‘guerilla’. This is because it occupies a large suite in a residential building. It is, however, no ordinary suite. It is on the 15th floor of a skyscraper overlooking the Chao Phraya River. As the Facebook page mentions – it is a million dollar view.

Being a boutique home dining experience, you cannot just turn up unannounced. You must book in advance. Reservations can be hard to make at busy times of the year. Nang Gin Kui caters for groups of between 8 and 16 people. They do sometimes offer honeymoon packages for couples.

The cooking and the hosting is by Florian and her capable team. It is a set menu that features at least 10 courses. The food is described as Japanese, Asian and vegetarian by Trip Advisor, but actually it is contemporary Thai cuisine that features most prominently on Nang Gin Kui’s menus.

There are soft drinks, beer and ‘free flowing’ wine available.

The cost? Well as you would expect for such an exclusive experience with fine dining it is not cheap. The price is between $50 and $70 a head. It is, however, a whole night experience: a chance to eat, drink and chat and enjoy the magnificent views over the river and the city.

What makes private dining unique is that it is something more than just a private room in a restaurant. It is a whole night with friends enjoying a large, comfortable and private residential space. It is the sense of being able to really relish the food without worrying about holding up the table. It is receiving personalized service. It is the chance to experience something different.

Recommended meeting points

1) River City (e.g. Viva Aviv Bar)
2) the lobby of the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel

Both these meeting points are on Charoen Krung Soi 30 and just 10 minutes walk from Nang Gin Kui.

Public Transport

MRT Subway Station Hualamphong – walking distance 10 minutes

BRT Skytrain Staition – Saphan Taksin – continue by taxi to Charoen Krung Soi 20

Public River Boat – exit Pier Nr. 4/Harbour Department. Remember: the public boat service ends at around 6:30 to 7:00 PM !

Press about Nang Gin Kui

“Eating outside the box” – Guru Magazine
“One of the quirkiest restaurants in town” – BK Magazine

How to make a reservation

Telephone: +66 (0) 85 904 6996
Email: nangginkui@gmail.com

Payment

Cash only

Web

It is just a shame that their website is just an archived single page. The owners might know about exclusive dining but little about the net. They focus on the Facebook page and miss out on a great opportunity to produce a boutique styled informative website.

Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House

Not the biggest attraction in Bangkok, but to my mind one of the best.

The Jim Thompson House is a wonderful example of Thai architecture right in the centre of commercial Bangkok. The house is made up of a collection of traditional Thai teak wood buildings lovingly reconstructed on the canalside near Siam Square. The 6 structures each come from different parts of Thailand with the oldest building dating back to the early 19th Century.

The house was created by American businessman Jim Thompson in the 1950s. The project owes much to Jim’s early career as a New York architect. When the Second World War broke out Jim embarked on a new career in the service of the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the CIA, undertaking intelligence activities all over the world. When the war ended Jim ended up in Bangkok and after a stint redesigning the Oriental Hotel he started a business exporting Thai Silk. He is credited with turning Thai silk into an international brand and the Jim Thompson Company remains today a major exporter of Thai silk products around the world. There is a shop at the Jim Thompson House where you can buy high quality silk products.

During his time in Bangkok, Jim Thompson was a major player in the local social scene. The house was built as a setting for his famous dinner parties attended by the rich and famous, great and good, as they passed through Bangkok. The house is a major throwback to the romance of colonial Indo-China. It is now a museum kept in pretty much the same state as when Jim left it. He disappeared under mysterious circumstances in the Malaysian jungle in 1967 adding to the legend of Jim Thompson.

Jim Thompson was a voracious collector of art and antiquities and they adorn the house. He also gave careful thought to the garden which I can only describe as being uniquely Asian and jungle-like.

There is a pretty good restaurant at the Jim Thompson House as well,which is fitting considering his preoccupation with throwing dinner parties. It’s open for lunch from 11am to 5pm and dinner from 7pm to 11pm. You have a choice of sitting inside or on the verandah by the pond.

To get to the Jim Thompson House take the sky train to National Stadium BTS station. It’s a short walk from there. The address is 6 Soi Kaseman 2, Rama 1 Road. It’s open from 9am to 5pm and costs 100 Thai Baht for adults ($3.3) and 50 Thai Baht for children and students.

If you fancy seeing some nice Thai architecture, and fulfilling your dreams of experiencing the glamour of colonial Indo-China, it’s well worth the trip.