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The Deck, Bangkok

36–38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong
Maharat Road
Rattanakosin Island
Thailand 10200
Tel: 66 2 221 9158's insider take:

Savvy diners who can find the barely marked, shrine-filled alley across from Wat Pho will be gastronomically and visually rewarded at this waterfront café (follow the signs for the Arun Residence across from the main entrance to Wat Pho). Watch the pale-pink sunset against the spires of the Temple of the Dawn while sipping the signature Arun Surprise cocktail (vodka with fresh lychee and citrus juices). The cardiologist owners converted this 80-year-old house into a funky five-room guesthouse, and the restaurant keeps patrons' health in mind with dishes like red snapper grilled with dill sauce. But they also indulge diners with Australian sirloin, spicy Thai curries, and desserts like lavender crème brulée and homemade ice cream.

Open Mondays through Thursdays 11 am to 10 pm, Fridays through Sundays 11 am to 11 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.