Introduction

When we think of eco-friendly hotels in Bangkok — or anywhere in the world, really — the name Mövenpick sometimes gleams and glints in our minds. The Swiss-helmed hotel and all its branches have been awarded Green Globe Certifications many times over due to an unwavering dedication to supporting sustainable environments.

Right in the heart of Bangkok’s Sukhumvit 15, Lelawadee Restaurant is located in the Mövenpick Sukhumvit and has lived up to the hotel’s positioning as being an ecologically sustainable property. The restaurant merges a forest-canopy setting with authentic Thai, Western and Eastern fare, all prepared using locally sourced ingredients with zero pretense.

Adding to the list this season, a wide range of Mediterranean-inspired dishes and —drum roll please –  The Chocolate Bar ensure that the breadth of the menu caters to the dietary needs of all its diners. By incorporating traditional Thai and Eastern influences into its Swiss heritage aesthetic, the restaurant’s highlights are found not only in its unique environmental footprint but also in its mixed cultural identity.

Ambience

Unlike many hotel eateries, Lelawadee is an informal dining venue that stays true to its core essence of being nature-centric. With elements of wood in the floor paneling, whitewashed walls and ceilings and wall-to-wall windows overlooking the leafy greens of the alfresco dining area, the restaurant boasts a beech-brown forest theme with a bright and lively atmosphere. The plants add an air of earthiness and the wooden elements also add a touch of sophistication to the venue. Not aiming for a grand feeling, Lelawadee gives off a less pretentious and a more down-to-earth vibe.

Food & Drink

Celebrating their newly opened chocolate bar, we were first presented with the new stellar cocktails that are built around deception; the Choco castro (THB 360) and the Brody (THB 280). Made from a mix of 90% Swiss chocolate and luscious cream, it’s the next few ingredients that truly add the flavours to this milkshake-like Choco castro cocktail: Hennessy V.S.O.P, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and rum. The Brody, on the other hand, was made using chocolate vodka, strawberry sauce and cream. Those hankering for Sunday parfait-drinks that can and will turn you pie-eyed, these two may be your best options.

As we delved deeper into every sip, an array of food was then piled onto our table. We tucked into the meaty comforts of the Mixed grill (THB 840), a Lebanese-inspired dish filled with assorted grilled proteins like chicken, lamb, beef and drumsticks served with fries and charred tomatoes. Herb-packed and high in protein, the dish brought out the carnivores in us and we were not ashamed by it.

Next, we settled into a bowl of noodle-esque delights: Thai drunken spaghetti (THB 340) with seafood (Pad Kee Mao) whereby the Italian noodles were drowned in the basil-inspired salty and spicy sauce. They say spicy food helps with digestion and it this case, the spice-infused dish certainly helped us out a bit after the meaty grill.

Next, we dug into the warm Chu chee salmon (THB 380), with the pinkish fish coated and cooked in chu-chee curry paste and coconut milk. Each bite gave a wonderful hit of kaffir lime – the signature of Chu Chee.

Lelawadee Restaurant

Another star of the menu was Goong rad nam markham (THB 380) in which river prawns were showered in a creamy tamarind sauce with fried shallots. The part of the body that makes the prawn most tasty is the head. So if you’re after the real rich flavour that prawns bring, always go for the head. Follow our orders and the prawns served at Lelawadee Restaurant will not disappoint.

Lelawadee Restaurant

To end things on a sweet note, dessert was the Mango cheesecake (THB 260), a classic with a subtle twist. We weren’t mad when we discovered they had added mango to our absolute favourite dessert since the fruit took the already-perfect delight to a whole new sugary level. It may have been a little too far on the sour side but if you like fruity desserts, then the combination of sweet and sour will do you right without sending you into a full-on sugar coma.

Verdict

Lelawadee Restaurant is a venue worth visiting if in search of comfort food that spans across Thai, Western, Eastern and Mediterranean that is simultaneously cooked using locally sourced ingredients. By serving a variety of cuisines, the venue caters to all types of food cravings. Chocolate buffs should also brace themselves for the dark, musky flavours found at the Chocolate Bar where a master mixologist awaits to serve you chocolate-spiked mocktails and cocktails.

Opening Hours: Mon–Sun.
Price: Food range from THB 300–THB 1,000. And the cocktails and mocktail will range from THB 250– THB 400.
Noise Level: Quiet but lively.
Service: Attentive and friendly

Leelawadee Restaurant, Mövenpick Sukhumvit Soi 15, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +662 119 3100 

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.