The fine-dining scene in Bangkok is like a brilliant-cut diamond, proudly sparkling with diverse selections of local and international cuisines. This brilliant-cut diamond has recently upscaled one of its facets with Pruek Cruise.
While a sit-down fine-dining meal is a superior experience of all our five senses, enjoying fine-dining on a luxurious cruise like Pruek Cruise along Bangkok’s most famous River Chaopraya is another level of indulgence. Feel the breezes kissing on your face; smell the river and breathe in the prosperity along River Chaopraya under the moon; taste the unforgettable pairing of food and wine; see the chefs and bartenders in motions; and share the joy with your foodies in crime.
The boarding and alighting terminal is located at ICON SIAM. The boarding time is 19.00 hours and the cruise journey finishes around 21.30 hours. Each diner is welcomed by a Champagne after boarding. They can socialize with other diners and enjoy some canapes at the Champagne Bar or lie down on the sofa bed to enjoy the river view and breezes on the main deck. For ladies, we recommend you to wear your most glittering long evening dress and strike a pose for a memorable glamour on the cruise. Before the dinner is served, diners can enjoy the open bar on the main deck.
The cruise’s journey takes you to visit LHONG 1919, Wat Kalayanamit, SBC Talad Noi, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Embassy of Portugal, Wat Arun, Asiatique and ICON SIAM.
Dinner starts at 19.30 hours. Pruek Cruise has three decks. Depending on your request, preference and size of your party, you will be sitting at different locations on the second deck and the bridge deck. The second deck offers an air-conditioned dining area and an alfresco private balcony, with romantic setup suitable for couples. The bridge deck is spacious with alfresco dining area and suitable for couples and big party’s gathering.
The luxury does not stop at the Champagne Bar, the dinner set served at Pruek Cruise is delicately crafted by well-known Michelin-starred chefs in Bangkok, such as the two Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier of Le Normandie. Overall speaking, the Thai set dinner we have enjoyed was an impressive meal with a progressive layer of flavours and satisfying transitions. Using only quality products, each course demonstrated the wonderful hands of the renowned chefs and their brilliant manipulation of flavours, spices and herbs.
Thai Dinner – Set Menu
When we were led to our dining table. A box of the canapes was served to us. Clink! Toast for the beginning of our fine-dining experience on this luxury yacht!
Fresh Hokkaido Hamachi Tartare, sticky rice roasted with organic lemongrass and galangal
Be impressed with the authenticity of Thai cuisine. The flavours of lemongrass, galangal and spices enhanced the fresh taste of hamachi tartare, turning it into an unforgettable bite. We experienced distinctive layers of flavours striking waves of awe while savouring. The little crispy cracker on top gave a contrasting texture on the mouthfeel. It’s an enjoyable appetizer to start with.
Tiger Prawns served on pineapple fried with pink salt and chili, rice chip
It’s a cold dish with a giant fresh tiger prawn sourced in Thailand. The Thai curry-like sauce at the bottom was the soul of this dish. It adequately brought out the original juice of the prawn. The clever use of the pineapple added a hint of pleasing sweetness. To enjoy the best flavour and texture, fill your spoon with some prawn, a bit of pineapple, some sauce and rice chip. Then savour the whole bite to enjoy a rounded flavour of all ingredients.
Bum Bai Curry
The Heritage Thai Recipe of King Rama V, organic chicken breast, red curry, cucumber stuffed with chicken, tomato and string bean
Inspired by a traditional royal dish, this chicken breast with red curry was the main course. I was impressed with how the chicken breast was done – juicy and tender. This boring piece of chicken breast became heavenly tasty when eating with the flavoursome red curry! How much I wish I could have a big bowl of hot jasmine rice the very moment I put a spoonful of chicken and curry sauce into my mouth! Yummy!
Mango Sticky Rice
Smooth mango panna cotta served with organic mango, sticky rice, coconut and young mango sauce
The dessert was the forever popular mango sticky rice. This mango sticky rice was served at an elevated level. A mango panna cotta was put on top of the sticky rice, giving this dessert a multi-dimensional texture. It’s a dish I would not say ‘No’ to if more is to be served.
Tamarind macaron / coconut madeleine / Thai tea cake
This Thai meal ended in a very French way – a petit fours was served! I especially like the tamarind macaron which was not mildly sweet and sour. The three little pieces complemented each other’s flavours while calming our stomach with high satisfaction.
Who in Gourmet Bangkok team experienced Pruek Cruise?
Chelsea Chan ~ A food lover, golfer, fun lover, and adventurer
Chelsea is from Hong Kong and is a genuine food lover. Her palate is especially sharp on Cantonese food, delicacies from Hong Kong and meat (especially beef, chicken and lamb). She is able to taste how the food is cooked and prepared. Besides, she is also a pro buffet gourmet because of her unlimited appetite. When she says ‘too sweet’, it may not be sweet for you as her preference for chocolate is 72++ dark chocolate.
Neng Srichaisak ~ A pro golfer, travel lover and photographer
Neng was born in Bangkok and is an enthusiastic photographer. Ever since joining the Gourmet Bangkok Team, he has developed an intense interest in food and food photography. He is good at searching for the best angle for a dish. He likes spicy food and is able to tell the exotic spices used in Asian cuisine. He also acts as the Thai-Cantonese interpreter for Chelsea when reviewing restaurants in Bangkok. As he is a pro golfer, he reviews all golf courses for Gourmet International Team.
Will Gourmet Bangkok recommend Pruek Cruise?
We highly recommend Pruek Cruise to you all. In our opinion, Pruek Cruise is not for couples’ romance only. It is also very suitable for friends’ gatherings.
It’s a night to remember! While many may have experienced dinner on a boat along River Chaopraya, Pruek Cruise did impress me with their dinner menu, which is designed by renowned Michelin-starred chefs in Bangkok. ~ Chelsea