The Peninsula Bangkok

As part of one of the finest luxury hotel chains in the world, The Peninsula Bangkok is elegant and exquisitely stylish. Boasting an enviable riverside location, the refined rooms and sophisticated suites each offer unrivalled views of the Chao Praya River, which is the true heartbeat of Bangkok. From the moment you arrive you can expect an immaculately presented member of staff to make your stay memorable with formal yet personal service. The entrance is grand and makes a statement, you know that you’re about to check into somewhere very special and you already have that feeling that you might not want to leave…

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The Peninsula Bangkok_The Lobby

Home for our stay was a ‘Deluxe Suite’ which offered spectacular views of the towering Bangkok skyline and meandering river from multiple floor to ceiling windows. So much so that we drifted off to sleep in the supremely comfortable bed with the curtains open so we could wake up to the mesmerising views. Classic furnishings, Asian artworks, hard wood floors and the marble bathroom combined to create that feeling of timeless Asian oppulence.

The Peninsula Bangkok_Deluxe Suite
The Peninsula Bangkok_Deluxe Suite_Bathroom

There cannot be many better places to cool off in Bangkok than the 88m metre riverside pool which is split over 3 levels. Enticing you to take the plunge, it’s the perfect choice after a hot day exploring the city or in preparation for your treatment at The Peninsula Spa. The spa building is simply stunning, a 3 story oasis of wellness with a classic Thai colonial style. This is no ordinary hotel spa and the menu is no ordinary spa menu. We selected ‘The Essential Mind’ which is a 90 minute journey of “therapeutic touch, healing oil and vibrational sound therapy for the ultimate relaxation of body and mind that leads to discovery of inner peace”. We were pampered, our chakras were aligned and the Himalayan singing bowls helped us relax and rejuvenate. All of this took place in a private riverside spa suite complete with steam room and whirlpool. Did we mention earlier that we thought that leaving The Peninsula Bangkok may be difficult?

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Peninsula Spa - River Spa Suite 1

The Vegan Food

We knew that the culinary offerings at The Peninsula Bangkok would be of a very high standard, after all, it’s one of the leading hotels in the city with award winning restaurants and talented chefs. We also knew that it would be vegan friendly as they’ve recently partnered with the planet saving Green Monday initiative to increase the offering of plant based food to their discerning guests. What we didn’t know is that we would enjoy dish after dish of simply delicious and creative vegan cuisine during our stay.

Our day started with an al fresco breakfast on the riverside terrace, a pot of green tea and a banana smoothie from the smoothie and juice bar. This was the start of things to come, the smoothie was packed with goodness including banana, white dragon fruit, mint, almond milk and spirulina powder. Make sure to have one of the daily superfood shots from passing staff, our ‘Centella Asiatica and Spirulina Powder’ certainly hit the spot. Head inside and this is where things get seriously healthy. The central section of the buffet features amaranth pudding, almond yoghurt, chia pudding, chocolate coconut quinoa, soya milk quinoa and almond milk quinoa which can all be topped with an incredible array of superfood powders. Choose from spirulina, flax, wheatgrass, cocoa, protein, matcha, acai, maca, barley grass and turmeric then add goji berries, pomegranate, blueberries and a selection of nuts and seeds for possibly the most nutritious breakfast bowl you’ve ever created! The adacent salad bar is also full of plant based goodness including mini eggplant, long beans, asparagus and carrots ‘growing’ in their own garden, bababganoush and a trio of hummus. You want soba noodles with your salad? Choose from peanut soba, miso soba and citrus soy soba, each looking fresh and wonderful. Without doubt, this is one seriously healthiest breakfast and we loved it.

Peninsula vegan breakfast quinoa
Peninsula vegan breakfast salad

From the hot buffet there was dahl and pickles for that Indian hit, also stir fried vegetables and fried rice with kimchi. The pad Thai was not vegan but upon request a fresh serving of flat rice noodles and vegetables arrived at our riverside table. Healthy sweet treats include dried fruit sago bar, quinoa granola bar, acai raisin energy balls and wheatgrass chocolate energy balls. These are an excellent addition to any breakfast buffet and looked to be very popular with the other guests. The serene setting and extravagant selection made for a very enjoyable start to our day.

Peninsula vegan breakfast salad
Peninsula vegan breakfast energy balls

Lunch at Mei Jiang commenced with a fragrant Oolong Tea from Taiwan that was served with a bowl of sesame roasted walnuts. Our Amuse Bouche was a nest of Wakame seaweed which had both salty and sweet notes with the toasted white sesame offering a contrasting bite. A trio of dim sum with paired dipping sauces was next. Sweet plum sauce with the mushroom spring rolls, black vinegar with the pan-fried vegetable dumpling and the Chinese black olive dumpling was to be eaten as it was served. Unique flavours and textures throughout. Earthy flavours and a subtle hint of truffle from the mixed mushrooms, crunchy water chestnuts with the mixed vegetables and saltiness from the Chinese black olives in the delicate dumpling parcel. No Cantonese meal would be complete without a double-boiled soup and please trust us when we say this was no ordinary double-boiled soup. Yes it was packed with intense flavour which is achieved via the double-boiling process, but in addition to the flavour it looked absolutely stunning. The ‘Chrysanthemum Tofu Flower’ was crafted using extraordinary ‘dao yi’ (knife skills) and looked exquisite. The dark red wolfberries and deep green pak choi added colour and the tiniest of delicate morel mushrooms completed this picture perfect bowl of Cantonese goodness.

Peninsula Mei Jiang vegan dimsum
Peninsula Mei Jiang vegan soup

If we had to choose a dish to eat again it would be an onerous choice but we’re pretty sure that the ‘Braised Bamboo Fungus, Black Truffle with Beancurd Skin’ would emerge victorious. We delighted in the oaky and nutty flavours from the black truffle and the finely chopped, deep-fried beancurd skin throughout was inspired. Bamboo fungus has a unique texture and when paired with the other elements of this stunning dish completed a perfect plate of food. Wow. Next up was ‘Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables and OmniMeat in Turnip with Pumpkin Sauce’. Another beautiful presentation with vibrant colours that made us smile. The white, almost translucent pumpkin housed a medley of finely chopped vegetables and OmniMeat which perch within a creamy pumpkin sauce of vivid orange hues. Actually, can we choose this dish to eat again too?

Peninsula Mei Jiang vegan truffle
Peninsula Mei Jiang vegan omnimeat

As part of the ‘Health & Harmony’ programme that is available to guests we enjoyed a healthy lunch in the The Lobby. The a la carte menu features a number of vegan options (as with all menus at The Peninsula Bangkok) including vegan pho, a superfood pasta and for something more indulgent, a Beyond Burger. First up as part of our healthy menu was ‘Mushroom Umami Broth with Cucumber Bruschetta, Olive Crumble and Edible Flowers’. If the word umami was created to describe a dish it would be this mushroom broth. No other word perfectly describes the intense hit of mushroom flavours that were delivered by this humble looking broth which was daintily served in a tea cup and saucer; oh how British. The accompanying mini bruschetta epitomised cute. Tiny and delicate they were also full of flavour with the lightly pickled cucumber and the saltiness of the olive crumble combining so well. A perfect start to our healthy lunch. Next up was Agnolotti (kind of like ravioli) filled with Beyond Meat and plated with pickled pumpkin and almond foam. We loved the way that the crunchy quinoa crackers and the cubes of pickled pumpkin added extra elements of texture and flavour to this dish. The Beyond Meat agnolotti parcels, creamy almond foam and the ever so slightly sweet pea purée were simply delicious and together the combination created a perfect plate of food.

Peninsula Mei Jiang vegan omnimeat
Peninsula vegan pasta with Beyond Meat

Our al fresco, riverside meal at Thipatra was another memorable culinary experience with the location and service creating the perfect environment. Dining commenced with ‘Satay Tao Hu’ and ‘Krathong Thong Sai Phak’ which were served together. The medium firm tofu was pan seared and served with a light satay sauce and extra dipping sauce, whilst the krathong were delicate tarts overflowing with cubed vegetables and topped with micro greens. Next up was the most delighful ‘Yum Som O’ or papaya salad which was prepared at our table by the chefs. We loved the added theatre and interactive element that this displayed. The addition of toasted cashews and fried shallots to the organic pomelo, roasted coconut, peanuts and tamarind sauce delivered crunch and texture which we loved. This humble Thai dish was elevated at Thipatra by using the finest and freshest of ingredients. Delicious.

Peninsula Thiptara vegan parcels
Peninsula Thiptara vegan yum som o

We then enjoyed a rich and creamy ‘Tom Kha Phak’. This classic coconut soup was packed with cabbage, lemongrass, galangal and shredded oyster mushrooms then topped with dill and Thai coriander. Our trio of mains were served with butterfly pea infused jasmine rice which not ony looked good but was full of antioxidants and other health promoting benefits from the delicate purple flower. There was a red curry with OmniMeat, cherry tomatoes, grapes, eggplant and pineapple; crispy vegan ‘pork’ belly with garlic sauce and stir fried Thai kale with straw mushrooms. Throughout the meal we enjoyed those sweet and spicy flavour profiles that are synonymous with Thai cuisine and proved that with a talented chef and supreme ingredients, Thai food is very vegan friendly indeed. The final chapter was mango sticky rice and was presented with beautifully prepared mango in a fresh coconut; it looked elegant and tasted even better. Our Thipatra vegan dining experience was indeed ‘magic at the water’ which is the English translation for Thipatra. Food heaven; we will return for sure.

Peninsula Thiptara vegan parcels
Peninsula Thiptara vegan mango sticky rice

The Vegan Essentials

The Oscar de la Renta bespoke bathroom amenities are made for Peninsula hotels worldwide by Gilchrist & Soames, a British company who do not test on animals. However, some of their products contain animal derived ingredients making them not suitable for vegans. A non feather duvet was available upon request and in our bedside table there was an extensive pillow menu with no fewer than 10 feather free options including Tempur pedic, buckwheat and micro fibre. The Peninsula Spa uses amenities from Subtle Energies which are free of animal derived ingredients, not tested on animals and certified by Cruelty Free International. They also feature products from Margy’s Monte Carlo which are perfectly vegan friendly which makes for very vegan friendly spa experience indeed!

Peninsula Spa - Margy's Products

The Vegan Food Quest Verdict

We knew we wouldn’t want to leave The Peninsula Bangkok and we were right. This luxury Bangkok hotel excudes style and class throughout. First rate service, beautifully appointed rooms and sensational spa treaments all create that feel good factor. The added fact that they serve sensational vegan and plant based cuisine just increases that “we’re not leaving and we want to stay forever feeling”. The Peninsula Bangkok is incredibly vegan friendly and you’re going to love it.

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We were guests of The Peninsula Bangkok but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.

The Peninsula Bangkok
333 Charoen Nakhon Rd
Khlong San
Bangkok

Telephone: +66 2 020 2888
Email: reservationpbk@peninsula.com
Cost From:
£250 / $325 (February 2020)