In a city teeming with gourmet options, the Erawan Tea Room stands out as one of Bangkok’s classic mainstays. Beloved by locals and tourists alike, this well-known dining spot dishes up authentic Thai cuisine and exotic teas enlivened by unbeatable views of the iconic Erawan Shrine. Operated by Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, the 120-seater Erawan Tea Room is set on the second floor of the adjacent Erawan Bangkok. Despite being housed within a swanky shopping mall, stepping into the tea room immediately transports you to another world – one of tranquility and laidback elegance.
Under the practiced hand of acclaimed American interior designer Tony Chi, the Erawan Tea Room evokes the nostalgic atmosphere of beloved tea rooms from a bygone era where friends used to gather over delicious meals. The décor is classic-meets-contemporary, combining opium mat-smoked wooden tables and Cambodian chairs with richly-upholstered seats. Dark wood floors offset the high ceiling swathed in blue plaid silk and dotted with hanging light fixtures, further enhancing the stunning fusion of Thai and Old World allure.
As you soak in the sophisticated surroundings, your eyes will doubtlessly be drawn to the huge floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which imbue the dining room with natural light in the day and romantic city views at night. If you’re lucky, your table might overlook the Erawan Shrine, allowing you to enjoy the activities and traditional dancers bustling about the revered site.
Equally exciting are the Erawan Tea Room’s food and drink options, carefully curated for the discerning palate. The menu packs a powerful punch, remaining faithful to familiar dishes while presenting fresh tastes for diners to explore. Thai food fans will appreciate classics such as yam som-o (spicy pomelo salad), tom kha pla trout (coconut milk soup prepared using Petuna ocean trout), and massaman nua (beef in Massaman curry sauce with water chestnuts and cherry tomatoes). For a fiery twist, the signature Erawan fried rice, wok-tossed with crab roe and chilli paste, is not to be missed.
To sample the full range of Thai delicacies and desserts, we recommend opting for the Erawan’s all-you-can-eat menu, available between 6pm – 9.30pm daily as well as on the weekends between 12pm – 2.30pm. Alternatively, light eaters can head for the famous Thai Afternoon Tea, served between 2.30pm – 6pm daily, which is widely acclaimed as one of the best in the city.
Because a visit to any tea room would not be complete without sipping on some fresh brews, be sure to save space for the Erawan’s extensive selection of pure and blended teas – such as bael-pandan and lemongrass lotus – available in both hot and iced variations.
Consistently winning accolades for its quality food offerings and impeccable service, the Erawan Tea Room has been honoured as “one of the world’s best high teas” by Lonely Planet and was even awarded a Michelin Plate last year. Every dining experience there promises to be unique and unforgettable. And at such affordable price points and elegant surrounds to boot, what more can you ask for?
494 Ratchadamri Road, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand