Having just achieved mini-empire status with two standalone eateries and a Champagne-slash-dinner cruise, the Supanniga Group looks to improve its prominent position in Bangkok’s food scene with a joint venture with popular roasting house Roots Coffee. The collaboration has produced one of the most exciting restaurant openings this year, combining Supanniga’s greatest hits with Root’s signature brews and an unparalleled riverside dining experience.
Tucked at the end of Soi Penpat 1 (the same alley as hipster haven Blue Whale cafe), Supanniga Eating Room x Roots Coffee is set in a two-story wooden house that’s injected with touches of bright yellow, Supanniga’s signature hue. Wood and terracotta is heavily used, presenting a stark contrast to the colorful cushions borrowed from the restaurant’s sister cruise. The coffee bar manned by Roots takes over the first floor, churning out caffeinated masterpieces, while a cocktail bar one floor above on the terrace offers stunning views of Wat Arun. A private pier allows guests taking the Supanniga cruise to conveniently board from the restaurant.
Trat and Khon Kaen-focused dishes, whipped up with top-notch produce, are the key players at this riverside destination. The photogenic starter set (B295) spotlights a garlicky ma-hor (minced pork with tangerine and peanuts) and flossy pork and herbs wrapped in betal leaves. The sweet and sour relish features crab meats and crab roe relish doused in spicy and sour sauce (B240). Supanniga’s pork stew with chamuang leaves (B240), an all-time favorite, again didn’t disappoint with its bold red curry flavors and tender meat chunks.
Expected dessert items like kha nom krok with assorted toppings (B150) and steamed buns with butterfly pea custard (B150). But Supanniga has also teamed up with Minibar, one of Bangkok’s key dessert players (in which Supanniga's founders have a stake), to come up sumptuous creations like pandan cake filled with pandan sago and young coconut (150).
As expected, the eatery is also a perfect stop for a refreshing cup of coffee on a scorching day. Roots offers their signature Thai-inspired cold brews such as the jackfruit-infused coffee blended with chrysanthemum tea and garnished with dried banana (B140). Cocktails created for the Supanniga Cruise by Vesper also make an appearance on the list, but this time expanded from five to ten drinks. Headliners inlcude the Bangkok Negroni in which gin is infused with kaffir lime (B360) and the refreshing Supanniga G&T which mixes jasmine-infused gin with tonic (B320).