Being known as one of Thailand's hotels in a unique landscape, Sala Bang Pa-In's location is at the cape of an island in the Chao Phraya River, where guests can enjoy the majestic view of the country's artery. The Ayuthaya part of the Chao Phraya River is abundant in freshwater grub, especially Ayuthaya river prawn. Ayuthaya's famous staple is Grilled Ayuthaya River Prawn, which is firm, juicy, sweet and smoky.
As guests arrive at the hotel's red lobby on the riverbed, they will receive a warm, welcoming greeting before crossing the big red bridge to get to the hotel. Guests can stop at the bridge's peak and take an Instagram-worthy picture of the view before reaching the river bank.
While the pool, leisure area, and lodgings are attractive and impressive, the main focus of this article is Sala Bang Pa-In Eatery and Bar. This open-air restaurant, adorned in white and blue, allows guests to breathe in fresh air, enjoy a view of the river, and observe the daily life of the locals on the opposite side of the river.
This establishment prides itself on utilising local and international sources for its delectable cuisine, even incorporating ingredients grown on its very own farm. To truly savour a one-of-a-kind dining experience, indulging in dishes featuring freshwater ingredients is highly recommended.
Tom Yum Pla Kung is a spicy soup. This delightful dish is made with redtail catfish, creamy coconut, fragrant Thai herbs, and juicy tomato, all expertly combined to create a perfect balance of flavours.
Khao Phad Pla Salid Hor Kai, crispy salted gourami fried rice covered in omelette net that is topped with a chunk of crispy slated gourami. The rice was perfectly fried and mixed with vegetables and small pieces of salty, crispy gouramis. The omelette net and the big chunk of crispy salted gourami are more than just decorations. They give textures and flavours. For those who like extra heat, the restaurant provides a small cup of chillis fish sauce.
Laab Pla Kung is a spicy delicacy made with deep-fried redtail catfish tossed in a mouth-watering sweet, sour, salty and spicy sauce. It also includes aromatics and roasted rice, which give it a unique texture. However, it's worth noting that this dish may not be suitable for the faint-hearted.
The highlight of Sala Bang Pa-In Eatery and Bar is the Grilled Ayuthaya River Prawn, which is available from Friday to Sunday. Guests can choose between giant river prawns or regular-sized ones, which are grilled on an open fire in the restaurant's garden.
The hotel's culinary team is committed to sourcing only the freshest and highest quality Ayuthaya river prawns from local fisherfolk. They carefully select giant Ayuthaya river prawns weighing approximately 350 grams per piece, ensuring they are large and meaty enough to satisfy even the most discerning palates.
For those who prefer a smaller size, the team also sources regular Ayuthaya river prawns that weigh around 125 grams per piece. This attention to detail ensures guests enjoy a truly exceptional culinary experience.
To complete the experience of eating grilled Ayuthaya river prawns, dip the prawns with either seafood or Jaew sauce. Although both are spicy, the seafood sauce's prominent flavour is citrusy from lime with addictions of saltiness from fish sauce, sweetness from palm sugar and spiciness from fresh chillis. It's bright and refreshing.
Jaew sauce is deeper in flavour and complexity of saltiness, savouriness and aromas, made of lime juice, fish sauce, chilli flakes, roasted ground rice, shallots and cilantro.
The restaurant warmly welcomes both individuals staying at the hotel and those who are not overnight guests. Everyone is invited to indulge in the delectable cuisine and enjoy the inviting atmosphere. Sala Bang Pa-In Hours: Daily, 07:00 - 10:30, 11:00 - 21:30
Reserve: +6635 246 388
Location: 10 / 9-10-10 Moo 6 Bangkasun, Bang Pa-in District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13160