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“Exquisite high-end Chinese food”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Summer Palace

Summer Palace
Ranked #721 of 10,686 Restaurants in Bangkok
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Summer Palace is renowned for serving authentic, yet innovative Cantonese cuisine. The restaurant features 10 richly appointed private dining rooms in addition to the open main dining area. Highly regarded among local diners, Summer Palace delivers the highest standards in Dim Sum, a la carte dining, Chinese Banquets and special occasions. Summer Palace uses only the freshest live fish, lobsters, king prawns and crab, all cooked to perfection according to your wishes.
London, United Kingdom
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“Exquisite high-end Chinese food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2009

This place does briliiantly executed Chinese food, great service and is beautifully decorated, lending itself to being a 'destination' dining experience.

For starters, location is great - right in town, near Erawan shrine, Gaysorn Plaza and the BTS. Easy to get to, great to go after a day shopping nearby. Also easy to get to if travelling from your hotel for a special night out.

The Intercontinental is renovating its lobby at the moment, so not the most delightful of places right now, but walk through, go up the escalator to the first floor, and 10 yards down the big corridor enter a world of terrific Chinese food and gracious, unhurried service.

Decor is wonderful and very much high-end - A lot of silks and good quality linens for both decorative and table use.

Menu is comprehensive and encompasses a full range of dishes, from banquet dining to homely favourites. The serving team there are happy to help explain the menu if necessary, and happy to discuss going 'off menu' to give you a bespoke experience if you know what you want but the exact dish isn't there on the menu. Service very attentive but not overbearing, and well paced. We booked a table for 9.30pm and were the last diners there, but at no time did they hurry the service to close up the restuarant - only advising to consider the dessert menu too when we ordered as the kitchen closed at 10.30. They never skimped on the order of service either - from serving an amuse bouche, to including a complimentary dessert at the end - which by this time was 11.30 and we were long the only diners remaining.

Food is the Best - As good as high-end anywhere in the world including HK. As earlier mentioned, brilliantly executed, well seasoned, fresh, and good portions - the 'medium' sized order for each dish was more than enough for 3 people - probably better for four.

Another thing to factor in was the bill - Despite Sterling's 30% depreciation against the Baht recently, it was still actually reasonable - Around £100 for 3 people for lots more food than we could finish, and including alcohol (spirits & mixers) and fresh fruit juices through the evening - We'd have easily paid 50% more in London for similar standards. My friends also told me that the Chinese restaurant at the hotel we were staying at wasn't nearly as good...and more expensive - So probably add 'value' to the list of great things about this place too! Highly recommended for a lovely evening meal in town.

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