Bangkok's best steakhouse
Bangkok's best steakhouse -- Recommended: Rib Room and Bar
Celebrity Chef McDang says he has nothing against Bangkok's other steakhouses, admitting that many are tough to compete with, but the Landmark's Rib Room is his favorite simply because they know how to cater to the Thai palate.
"Thais like strong seasoning …we want to smell the brandy, taste the salt. At Rib Room, the steaks have a very stong pronounced taste sensation. They also cook it the way Thais like it."
Billing itself as serving "probably" the best steaks in Bangkok, the Rib Room and Bar sits on the 31st floor of Bangkok's Landmark Hotel.
In spite of the lack of conviction, the place does indeed know how to grill up a perfect piece of beef. Specialties include rib-eye steak on the bone, Matsusaka beef steak, the Australian grain-fed beef and the beef Wellington.
Aside from the meat, Rib Room is the sexiest steakhouse in the city with its sleek design and great views of the Bangkok skyline. In the middle of the dimly lit dining room is a Ferrari-red open kitchen, heightening your cravings for that juicy rare slab of top quality beef.
Rib Room also hosts regular wine dinners, allowing diners to plough through its best cuts of beef and fine wines without breaking the bank.
31/F, The Landmark Bangkok, 138 Sukhumvit Road. BTS: Nana. Tel: +66 (0) 2254 0404 ext. 3100. Open Sunday-Thursday, 6-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 6 p.m. to midnight., www.landmarkbangkok.com
Bangkok's best steakhouse -- Recommended: Madison
The Four Seasons' Madison steakhouse isn't the kind of place you drop by when you've got a sudden craving for a rare piece of beef.
A meal at this super chic high-society favorite is always a high-powered affair, an experience that needs to be savored.
Several of our expert judges pointed out that this Manhatten style grill serves generous and incredibly flavorful portions of meat cooked to perfection accompanied by a variety of excellent sauces that compliment but don't over power the taste of the meat.
The menu of Kobe, Wagyu, U.S., Matsuzaka and other imported beefs will leave you feeling ready to tackle the world, while the perfectly cooked lamb melts in your mouth. There's other tasty stuff for non-carnivores too but really, when a restaurant serves steak this good, who cares?
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, 155 Rajdamri Road. Tel: +66 (0)2 126 8866. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m., www.fourseasons.com
Bangkok's best steakhouse -- Recommended: Prime
A later entry to the market, the menu at Prime is a near copycat of the other popular steak houses in town: Caesars made tableside, Australian, U.S. and Japanese beef, and lobster bisque that receives rave reviews.
But mimicry isn’t just a form of flattery when the results are also excellent. All of the top cuts come with perfectly executed sides and sauces, while the staff are professional and knowledgeable, says Bangkok businesswoman Yuki Srikanchana.
Diners can order fuss-free classics grilled to juicy perfection or opt for the chefs' more inventive choices such as the Tournedos Rossini, which is topped with fois gras (see photo).
If Prime has one advantage over its stiff competition in the steakhouse category, it is its river views. Located on the third floor of the Millennium Hotel, the ambiance here is less starch collar and more breezy romantic. Besides the main dining room, you can also opt for the private table in the well-stocked wine cellar.
Millennium Hotel, 123 Charoennakorn Road. Tel: +66 (0)2 442 2000. Open daily, 6-11 p.m., www1.hilton.com
Bangkok's best steakhouse -- Winner: New York Steakhouse
Of all of Bangkok’s steakhouses, the New York Steakhouse is the most iconic and the one that has long set the standard for the competition.
The JW Marriott restaurant mimics its Manhattan namesakes in look, atmosphere and menu -- and sky-high prices.
"Over the years many others -- both high-end hotels and independent grills -- have tried to top them, but the New York Steakhouse is tough to beat for a prime piece of meat," says Thai 101 publisher Mason Florence.
It's difficult to recommend a particular cut as they're all just so damn good -- and massive. There's the 16-ounce Australian wagyu prime rib, the 16-ounce New York steak and all those expensive Japanese varieties steak lovers with deep pockets have come to expect in a high-market steakhouse.
Not that you'll have room, but there's a pretty good fresh seafood selection too.
JW Marriott Hotel, Sukhumvit Soi 4. Tel: +66 (0)2 656 9798. Open daily, www.marriott.com6:30 p.m.-11 p.m.,