Situated adjacent to Asiatique’s busy riverside frontage, Brasserie 9 serves up a wide selection of traditional French bistro-style favourites, plus a few items with a modern twist.
The restaurant’s breezy al fresco dining area is great for seeing and being seen, while the comfortable interior, with its high ceilings and exposed wooden beams, has been designed to look like one of the wharf-side warehouses that once occupied the site. At one end, above the bustling open kitchen with its army of chef’s clad in sparkling white, there are two private rooms with seating for up to ten. There is also a walk-in wine cellar with a good selection of wines from around the world.
It is easy for restaurants at places like Asiatique to become tourist traps, but Brasserie 9 is definitely not in that category. A recommendation is to begin with an amuse bouche consisting of smoked salmon and sour cream (B490). It provides a classic foil for the excellent by-the-glass house Sauvignon Blanc (B280/glass). A starter of seared foie gras (B620) served with caramelized apple slices and a delicious little brioche is an altogether richer opening, and the perfect prelude to a hearty main course of entrecote (pan-grilled) Wagyu steak (B1350) accompanied by a purée of potatoes and mixed buttered vegetables. The steak is excellent, tender pink and attractively finished with a searing on the grill.
Dessert is a definite highlight at Brasserie 9. A true taste of the Old Country, crêpes suzette (B390) artfully prepared table-side by restaurant manager Watchara Phiwthong is not only delicious but also provides patrons with a bit of culinary theatre. Special mention should also be made of the service at the restaurant: it ranks among the best you will encounter anywhere in Bangkok, a remarkable achievement for an outlet that has been open for less than a couple of years and caters primarily to the transient tourist trade. Staff here are knowledgeable, efficient and unobtrusive
In addition to a la carte dining, Brasserie 9 has a bar menu with an extensive list of moderately priced small dishes to be enjoyed by those interested primarily in drinking. There are also set menus ranging in size from 3-7 courses, with or without wine pairing, that range in price from B1350-B3900.
If you are at Asiatique, or simply in search of a good meal, head for Brasserie 9. It is superbly managed and has a complete menu of those French dishes the world has grown to love.
Asiatique, The Riverfront Warehouse 9, Waterfront District
0 2108 4288 | brasserie9.com | Daily 3pm-12am
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