Rain Tree Café
Named after a tree with sprawling, shady boughs, Rain Tree Café lives up to its title by offering expressions of culinary art as wide as they are delectable.
Our all-day dining venue reflects the passion points and personal interests of Princess Valaya Alongkorn, an aunt of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The princess's Kandhavas Palace once stood on the spot occupied now by The Athenee, so it is fitting that the hotel's largest and most prominent dining outlet should honor its royal heritage.
A signature part of the far-reaching renovation, for which The Athenee won the Five Star Asia Pacific Property Award for "Best Hotel Interior Thailand", Rain Tree Café, embodies an elegant space dedicated to epicurean excellence.
Three distinct but complementary zones are conceived to complement each other as if elements in the palace's ground-floor plan. The hub, dubbed "The Bronze Kitchen", hosts modern iterations of aristocratic elegance combined with state-of-the-art hot and cold buffet counters and live kitchens. Next door, a formal library-style "VIP" space, the period-style "Valaya Room", is carved out of a front corner situated immediately adjacent to tree-lined Wireless Road. The third main space is the "Secret Garden", another heritage-rich yet modern dining room that lends itself to afternoon high teas and private parties.
Beyond majestic glass-encased wine displays, Rain Tree Café includes an outdoor terrace, where guests can dine, drink and possibly smoke while soaking up the leafy street-side ambiance. Those arriving on foot can scale the shallow granite stairs between water features leading to the restaurant.
An intriguing choice for dining with friends, family and business clients, the culinary journey leads you to Italy, India, France, China, America, Japan, the Middle East, Thailand and all across Asia.
With a capacity of 250 covers, Rain Tree Café is one of Bangkok's most outstanding international restaurants, renowned for its culinary expertise, curated a la carte menus, and exceptionally gourmet buffets.
Our Sustainability Story
We are the first hotel in the world to achieve 100% All-Star certification from The PLEDGE™ on Food Waste, the Singapore-based organization that helps hospitality venues drastically reduce food waste.
The certification relates to the Rain Tree Café, which complied with all of the compulsory criteria during the audit, and achieved a score of 100 points, which is the highest score that can be achieved.
If you love food as much as we do, please help us to make difference by reducing food waste and share your recommendations with us.
Ambiance and Decoration
Conceived in a modern interpretation of Thai neo-colonial interior décor style, the three essential components of The Rain Tree Café evidence extreme elegance interwoven with threads of touching homeliness while making excellent use of natural light.
The main buffet and seating area, dubbed "The Bronze Kitchen", is in a classic kitchen style while the extensive seating offers modern renditions of aristocratic elegance. Overhead the ceiling is geometrically dimpled, faux halogen-lit for antique effect, and enchantingly corniced in vintage style. Various floor coverings - black and white chequers reflecting the princess's love of chess, finely filigreed ceramics, smooth marble and lustrous hardwoods - are used to define different spaces and infuse each with unique élan. Colorful cushions are strewn on the earth tones and autumn tints upholstered arm chairs and sofas. The demeanor of the waiters and waitresses in their natty black bistro-style aprons adds to the ambiance.
Adjoined to this, a formal library-style "VIP" space, "The Valaya Room", is carved out of a front corner situated immediately adjacent to the tree-lined street. Above the marble floor, antique bronzed ceiling mirrors expand the dimensions and resonate with heritage mystique. The thought-provoking ambiance, furnished with precious volumes and prized possessions, can be closed in for private parties and includes a long high-table for group dining.
The third main space is the "Secret Garden", another dining room that lends itself to private parties. With fantastic daylight in the afternoon, it's also perfect for afternoon high teas.
Capacity and Location
216 seats with 2 private rooms; Valaya Room and The Secret Garden. Ground floor.