Thursday, March 28, 2013

Going up in the world...Vertigo Bangkok

Vertigo… If you suffer from it, then probably not the best restaurant to head to for dinner, but if you’re a fan of al fresco eating, stylish sophisticated surroundings, stunning views of busy bustling Bangkok, first class service and some seriously tasty food, then this is the place… 

Located on the roof of the Banyan Tree hotel (21/100 South Sathon road, Sathon, Bangkok, Thailand), is the multi tiered dining area, accessible via an express elevator which takes you to the 59th floor and winding stairs up to the 61st  Yes 61 floors up, get ready to take in the heady views of a sprawling city – all lit up and as close as you might ever get to the stars in the sky.  Also situated on the rooftop is the sultry Moon Bar – accessible via the restaurant and providing the perfect pre or après accompaniment to your evening…

We were seated at a corner table – a popular spot of the restaurant which we learned later, actually has a 3 month waiting list!  We were told this is the table of choice for proposals and special occasions… and what a special occasion it turned out to be (no-one proposed, but the food was definitely something to get excited about…)
The tables were impressively set out with crisp white linen and pretty candles to set the mood – so once we’d soaked up the stylish surroundings and taken one or two (or twenty) photos of the amazing panoramic views, it was time to embark on our culinary journey.
Before beginning our signature set menu, (we opted for the 4 course Pandora selection), a large basket of freshly baked bread arrived on the table – warm and impossible to resist – even though I was trying my hardest to save myself for the courses which were about to follow…

With just enough waiting time in between dishes, our fabulously elegant waitress arrived with our impeccably presented starters – Chili tuna tartare with guacamole and an explosion of tasty trout caviar, bursting with flavour, and the Chilean Sauvignon Blanc served in freshly iced glasses also went down a treat.  There was Slow roasted butternut pumpkin soup to follow, arriving in a fabulous silver cloche, which tasted just as impressive – smooth, buttery and just enough so that we didn’t get too full before our main courses.

Again mysteriously hidden under that fabulous cloche, the grand unveiling of the main course – fillet steak, was complimented beautifully by a Tuscan Classico Chianti.  Mine was cooked to its ‘as requested’ medium perfection and while my friend’s was a little rare, the accompanying veg and jus were simply delicious.

And just when I didn’t think such a sensational meal could taste any better, out came a decadent and generous wedge of rich chocolate cake, washed down by a fine portugese Ruby port – ‘the best chocolate cake’ my friend decided she had ever tasted!

So whether you’re out in Thailand on business or for pleasure, you’ll feel very welcome in these beautiful surroundings.  The clientele, a mix of work related dinners, family parties, ex-pats, romantic soirees and holidaymakers… The staff – who certainly make you feel very special in the true sense of the word… The beautifully presented and delicious food…and the outstanding un-obscured views… Reach for the moon and the stars at Vertigo – why choose one or the other when you quite literally have it all?!!!

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