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“Average food, excellent dance shows and services” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sala Rim Naam at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Sala Rim Naam at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, Thailand (Bang Rak)
+66 (2) 659 9000
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Ranked #87 of 7,182 Restaurants in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Bang Rak
Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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“Average food, excellent dance shows and services”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

As many pointed out before me, the food was average and bland. Thai food in my opinion should be strong and with many flavors. Nevertheless the food served in this restaurant was mild. The desserts though were definitely the highlight of the entire meal.

I chose to come here because I wanted to watch a dance show albeit without being among hundreds of people in a crowded & noisy buffet setting. The dinner served this purpose very well. The setting was quiet and intimate. The services were top-notch. The dance show was lovely. It was overall a great experience if you aren't too picky on the food.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Bangkok, Thailand
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Nice location. As for the rest...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I can see why a first time tourist in Bangkok (with a thick wallet though) might give 5 out of 5 to that place.
The location is nice, the short boat ride to cross the Chao Praya "soooo typical" and the show was quite OK (but nothing exceptional). And the food is tailored for their palates.
I was there for an official function with local and foreign VIPs. The local VIPs and us, who have been living here for some time, really though the food was not at all what we would expect from a MO restaurant. Of course they can't make it a spicy as Thai would love, but try at least to make it less bland!
The service was OK, but again, this is Oriental, i would expect a bit better, And the show... maybe I am partial as i have seen too many over the years, but i would have expected at least some comments in English for the foreign guests, explaining exactly their performance instead of relying only on a the pamphlet.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Bangkok, Thailand
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62 restaurant reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“Great cultural experience in Bangkok”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Took my visiting family here so that they could experience some true Thai food and culture and we weren't disappointed. The short ferry ride on a teak boat, was a nice precursor to a lovely evening. Staff were very attentive, the food was presented to a high standard and tasted very good. The best element was the thai dancing and music.

Highly recommend this place if you would like a dining experience with a bit of culture thrown in. We would go back but as we have seen the cultural performance, next time we will opt for the outdoor dining on the terrace as the riverside location looked very romantic and here you have a choice of an al-a-carte menu whereas if you sit inside to experience the cultural performance, you must have a set menu.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Petaling Jaya
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91 reviews 91 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Average food and service; lovely atmosphere and cultural dance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

The boat ride on the river from one end of the hotel to the restaurant was really nice. Cultural performance was good. Food was ok but service was not what I'd expect for MO

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Add a bit of culture to your Bangkok visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

As it was my choice to watch the dance performance, so seating inside was great. Great food, the menu will fill you to the brim, and the show is very relaxing. Food and service were great,,

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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