Rooftop bars and restaurants in central Bangkok have surged in popularity in recent years, popping up everywhere from Sukhumvit to Sathorn to Silom. Now Ladprao has a name in the mix, with the ultrahip Blue Sky located at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao. It offers a whole new perspective of the
city’s glittering skyline, with a stand-out menu featuring high-quality Asian and Western dishes.
On our visit, we sampled five dishes, including two starters, two main courses and one dessert. We also tasted a few cocktails. Our favourites were definitely the two starters, with the stir-fried Burgundy snails (B350) taking the top spot. Snails normally tend to be quite chewy, but the ones at Blue Sky are soft and tender and taste almost like scallops. The combination with chorizo and pesto adds a welcome tanginess.
The other starter, Cromesquis scallops (B450) use made of minced scallop meat with a black ink crust reminiscent of the Thai larb moo thod. The combination with a special Spanish pepper and a tasty garlic sauce is particularly satisfying and sets high standards.
The Shepherd’s pie with potato mash and duck confit (B750) is more traditional, although the unique mushroom sauce has a nice flavour and the presentation is well done. The steamed snowfish (B980) is a notch above and, as with most French dishes, features a savoury sauce that truly complements the whole experience.
Finally, for dessert, the Mille-feuille (B180 or B320, depending on size) proved faithful to its French providence, served with light bourbon vanilla cream and raspberry sauce. The flaky pastry comes directly from the French pastry chef and is both original and delicious.
The atmosphere at Blue Sky allows for relaxed and informal dining – the view over Chatuchak Park is fantastic. Watching the busy roadways below with their long traffic jams gives visitors a sense of being away from the stress of work and the restaurant succeeds in creating a feeling of freedom and untroubled indulgence.
The hotel’s executive chef Eric Berrigaud hails from France but has now been in Thailand for 12 years. He recently joined Centara Grand and notes the hotel and its restaurants are popular among locals and expats, including workers in the area.
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