Bangkok is a foodie behemoth. Thousands of restaurants compete for good reviews, making it difficult for locals and tourists alike to decide where it is they want to alleviate their hunger in the city. If a truly unique dining experience is on the travel bucket list, there is no better place to visit than Chocolate Ville, a quaint, outdoor eatery located in eastern Bangkok. Here is a guide to this charming restaurant.
Chocolate Ville is so much more than a restaurant. The large, sprawling area resembles a community of sorts, and one might even compare the décor to Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, perhaps.
Chocolate Ville is made up of many shophouses, buildings, and restaurants. No detail was neglected in the making of this unique venue, which first opened its doors in December 2011. From floral-covered walkways to the winding pond that meanders through Chocolate Ville, every square inch of this vast dining establishment fits well with its “dining in the park” theme. Diners may feel as though they are in a town somewhere in Europe instead of the boonies in Bangkok.
There are both indoor and outdoor tables available, though the staff does a good job in making sure each table has a fan nearby, cooling diners off as they enjoy their meal. Feel free to sit where you please, as every restaurant is serving up the same, delicious menu.
Cookie-cutter clapboard buildings make up the majority of Chocolate Ville, with everything from quaint gazebos to a red telephone booth in-between. Everything about the décor is picturesque, making for a lot of selfie-taking tourists congesting the walkways, and it’s easy to see why: the urge to pose with the carousel horse is too great to suppress. For a better view of the extensive restaurant, be sure to head to the top of the lighthouse located at its core.
The menu at Chocolate Ville goes on for days. Visitors will flip through pages upon pages of delicious international and Thai dishes. The menu is broken down by particular cuisine, with entire pages dedicated to things like soups, salads, appetizers, and more. There is certainly no shortage of variety at Chocolate Ville in regards to its menu, with everything from spinach and mushroom quesadillas (฿215) to spare ribs (฿425), and the food is reasonably priced considering the lavish venue.
In addition to the delicious cuisine, Chocolate Ville has an extensive drink menu, with shakes, fresh juices, sodas, and more from which to choose. Those who want to enjoy the view with a glass of wine in tow will be delighted to hear that the venue has hundreds of wine to choose from as well.
Chocolate Ville is located about 40 minutes by taxi from downtown Bangkok (without traffic). The staff is incredibly friendly, so feel free to call the restaurant and have them tell the taxi driver where it is they are going as to avoid confusion. There are some taxis at Chocolate Ville at the ready to take visitors back to Bangkok; however, their set prices are inflated and almost double what the metered ride actually costs. Feel free to barter with the drivers. Chocolate Ville is open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight.