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From cuisine to decor, these top dining experiences couldn't be more different
Bangkok's best gourmet restaurant -- Recommended: Bed Supperclub
After nearly a decade in Bangkok, Bed Supperclub has yet to cede its status as one of the city’s top dining and drinking venues.
But the swarms of stylish clubbers who flock to Bed Supperclub for its skilled DJs might not be aware that this popular nightclub doubles as one of the city's top gourmet restaurants.
"Located in the Sukhumvit area, Bed Supperclub takes the cake for creative pre-fixe menus, especially their surprise weekend menus," says Thai 101 publisher Mason Florence.
Award-winning U.S. chef Dan Ivarie's unique dishes are a blend of modern Asian flavors and overseas influences, including Italian, French, Thai and U.S. cuisine. We're talking super-innovative dishes like Belgium endive and smoked salmon with pink ginger-guava vinaigrette, or Tasmanian beef rib-eye with sesame-garlic glaze and kim chee salad.
Menus change monthly and the three-course meals are served from Sunday to Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, Bed Supperclub presents its "special surprise" four-course menu.
Much of the surprise comes in the form of entertainment. One weekend you'll get singers and dances, the next interactive performers.
And it all happens while you're sitting on big white beds in a spaceship-like setting.
26 Sukhumvit Road 11, BTS: Nana. Tel: +66 (0)2 651 3537. Open daily, 7-10 p.m., www.bedsupperclub.com
Bangkok's best gourmet restaurant -- Recommended: Eat Me
One of Bangkok’s most original kitchens, Eat Me dares to be different and succeeds.
Where else can you find zucchini carpaccio, beetroot soup, tea smoked organic pork or beef cheek tagine?
"For over 10 years Eat Me has been reinventing creative, Pacific Rim-inspired dishes at perhaps Bangkok’s first art gallery-restaurant," says Best Eats judge Mason Florence. "Casual yet sophisticated, it’s also one of the few gourmet kitchens offering late night dining nightly."
With outdoor and indoor seating, respected exhibitions put on in conjunction with H Gallery and a loyal crowd of artists, Thai and expat patrons, the only thing that isn’t sophisticated about Eat Me is its name.
Soi Piphat 2, off Soi Convent Bangkok. Tel: +66 66 (0)2 238 0931. Open daily 3 p.m.-1 a.m., www.mercure.com
Bangkok's best gourmet restaurant -- Recommended: Sirocco
If one Bangkok restaurant has managed to make a name for itself on the global stage, it's Sirocco.
The restaurant has been featured in pretty much every travel magazine worth its glossy paper, and has won numerous readers' choice awards.
The food on this 63rd-floor restaurant atop Lebua hotel in the State Tower is often overshadowed by the venue's famous views. Those views also add to the price tag, making Sirocco one of Bangkok's most expensive dining experiences.
It's worth it.
The Mediterranean cuisine is fresh and authentic. Some of our expert panel's favorite dishes include Mediterranean octopus a la plancha with potato confit, smoked paprika and piquillo pepper essence; oven-roasted Chilean sea bass with vine-ripe tomato "Pain Perdu,” saffron potatoes and Manila clam velouté; and Wagyu beef tenderloin persillade "La Ratte" with potato puree, glazed seasonal vegetables and oxtail jus.
63rd Floor, Lebua Hotel, 1055 Silom Road, tel +66 (0)2 624 9999. Open daily, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. (last order at 11:30 p.m.), www.lebua.com
Bangkok's best gourmet restaurant -- Winner: Le Normandie
“There are other expensive, top-class restaurants in Bangkok, but for luxury coupled with seamless insouciance, the Oriental’s legendary flagship, Le Normandie, takes the prize," says writer and expert panelist Tim Footman.
Le Normandie's world-class haute French cuisine is created by head chef Carlos Gaudencio, who came from Paris's legendary Le Grand Vefour restaurant in 2005.
A-list Thais never miss Le Normandie's seasonal wine dinners. The set lunch menu is a friendlier choice for the Bangkok bourgeoisie.
Le Normandie's wine list is justly famous -- it's the city's most impressive -- with rare bottles including Thailand's only bottle of 1976 Domaine Romanee-Conti, listed at 330,000 baht.
Complemented by a stunning view of Chao Phraya River, this is Bangkok's most sophisticated dining experience, down to the elegant décor and impeccable service.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Soi Oriental. Tel: +66 (0)2-659 9000. Open daily for lunch, noon-2:30 p.m. and dinner, 7-10:30 p.m. Closed for lunch every Sunday., www.mandarinoriental.com