By : SANDRINE HUCLIN
29 February 2020
About: Pruek Cruise offers an unmatchable experience on the Chao Phraya River overlooking Bangkok's skyline since November 2019. Guests can privately hire the gorgeous yacht for a perfect gathering with bespoke services or can opt for individual packages for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Pruek Cruise collaborates with award-winning chefs to create tailor-made and unforgettable moments for you and your guests. Affliated guest chefs includes Chef Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier from the legendary two-starred Le Normandie, One-starred Saawaan’s Chef Sujira 'Aom’ Pongmorn and Chef Francesco Lenzi of the eponym Lenzi. The journey begins at the Icon Siam Pier and takes you on a route along the Chao Phraya where you will be admiring the iconic landmarks of Bangkok.
Decor: This is a Saturday evening in Bangkok when we embarked on this journey along the Chao Phraya for an exceptional dinner on a gorgeous yacht from Icon Siam Pier. A luxurious 90-meter yacht built with teak wood that has a horseshoe shape arrives majestically at the pier. I was already wowed by its magnificence.The Pruek cruise ship has a traditional, classic English style with a few elements reminiscent of Asian opulence. On the first bridge, an open-air bar welcomes the guests, it is also decked in teak wood and a marble table top. On the left is the kitchen where chefs are prepping to cook the meals that we would be served tonight. The second floor is dedicated to the dining area with both indoor or outdoor seating. The third floor is a rooftop garden with plenty of space to add some more tables or to have a band playing live music, depending on how you want to manage the space.
Menu: Pruek Cruise allows you to reach the stars by providing the finest crafted dining experience in partnership with well-known Michelin affiliated chefs. If you are joining-in, you can choose between different experiences from an afternoon tea, or cocktails at sunset to a full five-course dinner. To suit your taste, you can pick either a Thai set menu of traditional Thai recipes with a twist or either a Western set menu.
Our dining journey started at the Champagne bar situated on the first bridge where we were welcomed on-board with a glass of Prosecco (Piper-Heidsieck Champagne is also available) accompanied by three delectable and appealing canapes : Crab Cigar, Salmon Taco and Lollipop. The set dinner includes a free flow of cocktails and mocktails served at the Champagne bar. To continue on our odyssey, we headed to our table on the second floor in the indoor dining area. The tables are appropriately spaced apart and allows for privacy. Our 5-course dinner started with Hokkaido Hamachi, a tartare made from hamachi, lemongrass, galangal and roasted rice. The plating was not the most appealing but the flavors were on point. For our second appetizer, we had Saeng Wa Goong, a Thai prawn salad tossed with fresh lemongrass, grated ginger and coconut milk. The Ayutthaya prawns were just charred to provide a smokey flavor keeping the delicate prawn’s flesh intact, adding some substance to the dish. For both appetizers, we had a glass of an acceptable Sauvignon Blanc from Chili. For the main, we had Organic Chicken Green Curry, a deconstructed dish taking an European approach, however, it did not meet our expectations. The curry was a bit bland and a bit too sweet. The chicken curry was accompanied by a glass of Merlot also from Chile. For desserts, we had a Mango Sticky Rice served in a modern and European twist. The fresh mango has been replaced by a creamy mango panna cotta, served with sticky rice and coconut sauce. All elements of the traditional dessert were here. A delectable dessert. To conclude this interlude, we had a selection of three petits fours.
The join-in individual fine-dining cruise is priced at 4,500 baht net per person including 1 glass of Champagne, 3 pre-dinner canapes, cocktail and mocktail open bar for 2 hours, 5 courses and free-flow mineral water and soft drinks. Add 400 baht per person for a free-flow red and white wine package. Might be one of the best deal in town!
Evalution: This is a cruise experience in Bangkok that takes you along the Chao Phraya , serving traditional Thai recipes with a European flare. The yacht itself creates a noteworthy adventure along the river. To have a billionaire's life for 2 hours is at your reach for less than 10,000 baht for 2 people. For private group packages, the price starts at 100,000 baht to organize corporate or private events.