The ceiling-height windows of 19th-floor Al Capone Room look out onto Bangkok’s bustling CBD, where it could be said that one of the most oft-asked questions among hungry corporate warriors and mover-shakers is where do we eat? Hotel Muse Bangkok’s elegantly stylish grillhouse has the answer: the every-day business lunch at Babette’s The Steakhouse.
An uncluttered and straightforward menu of categorised dish options lets diners design their own lunch set by simply choosing two courses (B449++) or three courses (B599++) from among the diverse selection of enticing culinary temptations. Executive Chef Tobias Schwarzendorfer has created an inspired menu of grill-classic mains, sides, salads, and starters imbued with fresh and original touches that showcase the Austrian chef’s ample kitchen skills and comfort-food intuition.
Starters include a creamy-fresh Norwegian salmon sashimi with fried onions and cucumber in Sayiko miso marinate and wasabi-infused Tobico (flying fish) caviar, and an impossibly tender beef carpaccio chequered with fish stock-infused mayonnaise and balsamic reduction dollops, and soft-boiled quail egg. With his grilled black tiger prawn, avocado, and pancetta salad, Chef Tobias deftly employs seasoning by fire, “flame-kissing” a delectably primal char-grilled flavour into his crustaceans.
From the mains menu, the appetisingly grill-striped striploin steak is a succulent, 120-day aged cut that comes with a choice of sides like the exceptionally flavourful garlic and truffle oil-sautéed mushrooms. Mindful of individual tastes, Babette’s goes the extra mile in offering multiple options of steak sauces (blue cheese, creamy peppercorn, béarnaise, red wine-shallot), mustards (brown, whole grain, Dijon), and yes, even salt (Black Himalayan, Fleur de Sel, pink-sea). But the freedom of choice doesn’t stop there—Babette’s even lets steak aficionados choose their weapon from an armoury-chest of designer knives that includes fine-quality blades from renowned designer cutlery makers.
But whoa be unto those who don’t save room for dessert. There’s the chocolate mousse with roasted nuts, caramel, and chunks of chocolate fudge, a lemon yoghurt panna cotta in a pond of sweet strawberry coulis, or a rich blueberry cheesecake with cookie-crumble crust. Order the mignardises and get all three, gourmet coffee included.
Along with a top-notch gastronomic experience, Babette’s distinguishes itself with its stylishly elegant ambience, echoing the glitz and glamour of 1920s America (think Boardwalk Empire and flapper girls). This utterly enjoyable lunchtime grill features tantalising cuisine, exceptional value, and plenty of choices around every corner. Above all, the clock-conscious serve time and flair for the (tastefully presented) theatrical make Babette’s the place to be for getting down to the business of doing lunch.
Hotel Muse Bangkok, 55/555 Langsuan Rd | 0 2630 4000 | hotelmusebangkok.com | business lunch served daily, 12pm–2.30pm
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