Eating and drinking while perched in an eyrie enjoying the vistas below is always a supercharged treat. Bangkok has many such venues, but Blue Sky on the 24th floor of Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao stands out from the crowd.
There are several reasons for this lofty achievement. To start with, it is in a part of town where tall buildings are in short supply. But what really makes a visit to Blue Sky memorable is its elan and carefree spirit – plus great food and drinks.
The adventure begins as you step off the elevator into a mysteriously dark lobby and walk along a totally black passageway illuminated by numerous tiny LCD lights. Suddenly, the lights are replaced with real stars and you realise you are in the great outdoors!
Although Blue Sky has indoor dining options, most people prefer the terraces with a variety of seating arrangements that include sofas with low tables and more traditional dining tables and chairs. A dramatically lit bar acts as a focal point, while attractive and efficient servers are stylishly clad in all black outfits.
The kitchen and menu at Blue Sky are under the tutelage of Executive Chef Eric Berrigaud, a French national with global experience, including stints as Executive Chef at the Sofitel Silom and at Bangkok’s BITEC convention centre.
The menu is short but comprehensive. Cold starters include a delicious marinated Australian beef fillet carpaccio with sautéed potatoes (B280). Among the three hot starters, particularly enjoyable is Spanish chorizo julienne with poached egg, sautéed mushrooms and espuma (B390). The main courses range in price from B420 for penne with sun-dried tomato sauce, fresh vegetables and grated parmesan, to B2800 for seared Japanese Miyazaki A4 grade strip loin served sizzling on a board with Asian vegetables, potato gratin and a red wine sauce.
The drinks list is extensive and includes the signature “Blue Sky”, a heady blend of vodka, blue caracao, lime, and lychee juice. Most of the cocktails are priced around B300 per drink. There is also a good selection of local and imported beers, plus numerous mocktails and fruit juices. The wine list has a comprehensive selection of international wines in all price ranges.
Blue Sky is all about good food and drink in chic and dramatic surroundings. Definitely in the upper echelons of the city’s numerous lofty drinking and dining establishments, it is well worth a visit.