RAINY DAYS RETREATS
The start of the rainy season sees everyone running for cover, and this is not always a good time for rooftop dining – unless of course the rooftop restaurant has a sophisticated roll-over roof. This is the case at SEEN, at the Avani Riverside, a venture in cooperation with Portuguese celebrity chef Olivier Da Costa, and which replaces the Attitude venue. For connoisseurs of rooftop views, this has to be one of the best in the city.
In need of a good Italian lunch or dinner, yet afraid to step out for fear of being soaked? Theo Mio is directly at the foot of the BTS Skytrain Chidlom station steps, so you can travel there and back without getting wet. And, because the restaurant is a glassed in conservatory, you watch the rain cascade down while staying cosy and dry.
Another thoroughly cosy retreat is Paii, at The House on Sathorn. Again, this is at the foot of the BTS Skytrain steps, at Chong Nonsi, and the house, a lovely old mansion built for Mr Sathorn himself more than a century ago, is a grand place to wait out a rainstorm. The restaurant is a new venture, replacing the previous Turkish menu with an exquisite offering of seafood.
The Anantara Siam is at the foot of the BTS Skytrain steps to Ratchadamri station, and so Shintaro with its warm and friendly sushi-bar ambience, is another agreeable refuge. Shintaro now has an omakase offering, along with a handsome sake selection, and is a great place to stay rainproof.
Lastly, if you are caught in the rain while in the Patpong area, you can either dive into a go-go bar, or into the immensely friendly hideaway of Le Bouchon, where you can enjoy authentic French food and wine, at bargain prices, until the rain has gone.
The rainy season isn’t always wet, of course. But when it is, the traffic can get really bad Plan your journey well!